Research Results

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  • Mold *

    Research into the development of a paper that guides appraisers in the identification of mold and the impact of mold on the valuation of residential structures. Contact Rudy R. Robinson, III, MAI, Appraiser/Consultant, Austin Valuation Consultants, Inc. 3811 Bee Cave Road, Suite 210, Austin, Texas. 78746-6459, 512-328-8122; Fax 512-328-6846.

Appraisal Practice

  • Appraisal Body of Knowledge *

    Don Epley, PhD CCIM MAI
    Director, Center for Real Estate Studies
    University of South Alabama

  • Research Assistance

    Funding to support the Y.T. and Lousie Lee Lum Library of the Appraisal Institute
    The Appraisal Institute, a professional organization, is an Illinois not for profit corporation.

  • Research Assistance

    Funding to support The Appraisal Foundation
    The Appraisal Foundation is a non-profit organization established in 1987 with stated purpose of advancing professional valuation.

  • Indigenous Peoples *

    Co-funded a monograph of "Real Estate Issues and Indigenous Peoples." Research being conducted by the American Real Estate Society (ARES). Contact Cleveland State University, James R. Webb, Professor, Director of the Real Estate Center and Director of Development for the American Real Estate Society, 2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44115-2214., 216-687-4732; Fax 216-687-9331.

  • Internet and Public Record Data *

    Research into the development of a paper and seminar, which guides appraisers in the Identification of False or Bogus Data, Using Public Record Data in Appraisal Services and the Efficient Use of Internet Data. Contact Donald R. Epley Ph.D., CCIM, MAI, Lyon Distinguished Professor, Real Estate Program, Washington State University-Spokane, 534 Trent Avenue, PO Box 1495, Spokane, WA 99210-1495. 509-358-7775; Fax 509-358-7505

  • Scope of Work *

    Research, software development and publication of a booklet entitled "Appraising in the New Millennium, Scope of Work and Due Diligence". Contact David Braun, MAI, SRA, Braun & Associates, Inc., 215 Ellis Avenue, Maryville, TN 37804. 865-977-4404; Fax 865-982-2999.


  • Depreciation in items of Plant, Machinery, and Equipment *

    Novel application of the Discounted Cash Flow Method for assessing Percent Good Factors in respect of second-hand items of machinery and equipment. Contact Prof. S.A. Smolyak of the Central Economics and Mathematics Institute (CEMI) of the Russian Academy of Science (RAS).

  • Hotel and Restaurant Feasibility *

    Research and seminar development of Critical Factors in Hotel and Restaurant Feasibility by Bill Way, Assistant Professor, Department of Hospitality and Tourism, P.O. Box 790, Menomonee, WI 54751-0790, University of Wisconsin-Stout. 715-232-1276 office.

  • Environmental Contamination *

    Research of Commercial Real Estate and Environmental Contamination. Contact Thomas O. Jackson, Ph.D., MAI, CRE, Real Property Analytics, Inc. 4805 Spearman Drive, College Station, TX 77845-4412. 979-690-1755, Fax 979-690-1750.

Unique Properties

  • Manuscript Competition

    Manuscript Competition 2000-2002 Union Panamericana De Asociaiones De Valuacion (UPAV)

* Please contact author directly.