Signatures on envelopes – Free franks Benjamin Franklin was a printer, an inventor, and one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.  He was also frugal.  It was his “mission.” When he hit the ripe old age (for then!) of 20, Franklin decided to embark on what he called “moral perfection.” He created a list of […]

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IRS Charitable Contribution Procedure Way back in February, the IRS released a new version of IRS Publication 561 – “Determining the Value of Donated Property.”   If you have not studied it in detail, it’s time to take closer look. I won’t describe all the changes, but you might find the penalties section of special interest, as […]

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A Guide for Gatekeepers, Paralegals, Insurance Adjusters & Others By Leon Castner, Senior Partner, National Appraisal Consultants, LLC Many professionals encounter personal property appraisals during their work, either receiving them from appraisers they have contracted or given them by others in their firm to review and file.  Not all appraisals are created equal, however, and […]

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Advice for Congressmen and Congresswomen for Donating Your Congressional Papers  Senators, Congressmen, and Congresswomen donate their archives of papers and records for a variety of reasons. Some folks donate to preserve the history of their district; others donate them to document social, cultural, and political changes in the United States. Whatever the reason, it is one […]

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It may seem like a silly question, but often the silly questions are the best.  What exactly is an appraisal? The answer and its consequences may surprise you, whether you are a professional appraiser, one that uses appraisal services, or just an interested third party. According to the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice, an […]

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Appraisal Dates

Most of us know that every appraisal has a few dates that must be declared in every report-whether it is written or oral. USPAP requires two while other organizations, like ISA, may require more. These dates provide the chronological context of the assignment and must be stated so that both the client and any intended user understand what has happened.

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