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  Institute of Housing Technologies
Improving the Real Estate Information Network
How to Measure a House
This residential "standard" is accepted by FHA, VA, HUD, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and has been used by real estate professionals for over a century. It has provided millions of square footage calculations used in MLS listings and appraisals for federally related mortgage transactions. It is exactly what the name implies: the American Measurement Standard. A voluntary Guideline presented for the measurement of square footage in single-family dwellings. This publication provides specific definitions, procedures, and detailed illustrations. It was specifically developed to allow for the consistent creation, calculation, & communication of residential square footage, and is suitable for use as a formal measurement guideline or a "Standard of Practice." Created by a consensus of real estate professionals with over 175 years of combined experience. The AMS has been sold across the US and in 14 countries, and offers a historic tradition with modern sensibility. Get the original - used by agents, appraisers, builders, architects, and many more.     
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The first two numbers I look at in every closed sale are?Square footage and sold date
Square footage and the sales price
Sales price and the concessions
Sales price and date
Sales price only
Everyone that works in the real estate business knows the ANSI name. However, what do you really know about the "standard?" Learn when, why, and who created this measurement standard and why it is not the only measurement method being used by agents, appraisers, assessors, insurance adjusters, architects, and many others. Discover the power ANSI has over square footage and how square footage controls the "quality" of the real estate and appraisal industries. 
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Real Estate Dictionary
Professional's Guide to Measuring Residential Square Footage
If you search online for a book about measuring square footage, the results are almost non-existent. There are no books at the National Association of Realtors®  and no books from the Appraisal Institute; no books from anyone. Why? It's a very good question and the one I asked over a dozen years ago when this project was started. I simply wanted to buy a book to help me learn more about measuring residential square footage, and I couldn't find a single one. I knew there were other real estate agents, appraisers, insurance adjustors, tax assessors, home buyers and sellers, and many others, who wanted more details than they may have been taught in a page and a half of a pre-licensing class from years ago. It's hard to believe in this day and time than there is any subject that doesn't have all sorts of resources to help people learn about the topic. Square footage should be no different. So, after years of research and asking tons of questions, this book was born. 

This book is about learning the art of measuring a single-family home (based on the ANSI® measurement standard). The most comprehensive residential square footage guideline available anywhere. Created for real estate professionals or anyone who measures square footage for others. Easy to follow practices and procedures written by a certified appraiser and Realtor®. Measure, calculate, and communicate residential square footage accurately and consistently, protecting yourself and your clients. Make sure you know ALL the Rules of the ANSI®  measurement standard.®. In residential real estate, Size means money...

Author Hamp Thomas Appraiser/Realtor/CDEI/MNAA/CRS/ABR/GRI/PSA
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Inside the "New" Appraisal Process,
Created Specifically for Mortgage Brokers and Mortgage Loan Originators. The textbook for the continuing education program offered through the Coalition of Arizona Appraisers (azcoaa.us). A great read for all mortgage brokers to learn more about the ever changing appraisal process. 

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Real Estate Appraisal - Death of an Industry. Discover how and why the residential appraisal industry is quickly fading from view. With as much as 25% of appraisal licensees disappearing from state rosters, the brightest and best are leaving the industry like never before. With a banking industry looking for faster and cheaper appraisals, the appraisal process cannot be computerized and will always require a local expert to interpret and analyze the data. See why the newest dinosaur to become extinct will be the residential appraiser!    


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The ultimate real estate dictionary, including terms from the American Measurement Standard not available in any other dictionary. Every real estate and appraisal office should have a copy. Real estate and appraisal terms and definitions. Agents, assessors, buyers, sellers, builders, lenders, adjusters, attorneys, or anyone else with an interest in real estate terminology. 
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The information Crisis is in full force! We've studied the MLS, AVM's, public records, and much more. The real estate information network is in serious jeopardy. It's time for the real estate industry to join the rest of the standardized world! One industry, one language of real estate!!! Time to improve consumer protection of their largest lifetime purchase.
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Who is killing the appraisal industry? Big Banking. The "Golden Rule" is alive and well in mortgage lending. The one with the gold makes all the rules. And now, GSE's (Fannie & Freddie) are even offering mortgages without an appraisal requirement. "As long as a reliable automated valuation model can be provided." Frightening! Oxymoron - reliable and AVM. Consumer protection take one giant step backwards! Who wants appraisers OUT of the lending process? The ones who want to take appraisal fees away from appraisers - banks. The real estate market will get better when banks get back to realistic lending practices. Banks went from one extreme to the polar opposite. Interestingly, all the so-called appraisal problems disappeared when the low and no-doc loans went away. Hm... This book is full of fun and facts. It's time to get America moving again!