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Appraisal Institute’s new guide to homebuying offers uniquely unbiased view
Aug 30, 2010

A homebuying guide published the Appraisal Institute teaches homebuyers when to buy, how to find a real estate agent, how to choose the best home on the market and more … all from the uniquely unbiased perspective of a real estate appraiser. An Insider’s Guide to Home Buying by Mark R. Rattermann, MAI, SRA, notes that real estate appraisers are professionally trained to render an objective opinion of a home’s value. Because they are not paid by sales commissions, they have the unbiased perspective needed to help homebuyers weigh their options carefully, make logical decisions and effectively navigate the sales negotiation and mortgage application processes. Rattermann provides expert advice that will help protect consumers from abuse, explains biases that exist in the real estate industry and provides clues to possible problems, potentially protecting homebuyers from significant financial losses. In the book’s introduction, Rattermann writes: “The goal of this publication is to help homebuyers ask the right questions. In many cases, people wish they had asked a few more questions before making significant decisions. Because the real estate industry is constantly changing, buying real estate requires you to stay current, research popular trends and attitudes, and become an informed buyer.” A real estate appraiser and agent in Indianapolis, Rattermann has worked in the real estate industry since 1979. He has written seven books about real estate and appraisals, some of which have been translated into Korean, Greek and other languages, and has lectured on a variety of real estate topics in 45 states and five countries. He has written 15 real estate training seminars and also writes on residential topics for The Appraisal Journal, the Appraisal Institute’s quarterly technical and scholarly publication. The Appraisal Institute is the nation’s largest professional organization of real estate appraisers. For more information, visit  
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