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Appraisers are drawing less criticism from real estate agents
Appraisers are drawing less criticism from real estate agents

 Not long ago they were the punching bags of American real estate, accused of rank incompetence, wrecking home sales and failing to pick up on signs of the housing turnaround. That was then. Today appraisers are suddenly getting much more favorable reviews. But wait a minute: Have appraisals actually improved in accuracy in any measurable way over the last several years? Nobody really knows. There are no nationally published statistical audits that gauge appraisal accuracy. But one major industry group regularly surveys its members' sentiments on appraisals, and lately things have been looking up. When the National Assn. of Realtors conducted polls sampling its million-plus...

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