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Upcoming Conferences

Our team travels the nation for some of the industry’s leading conferences! See what cities we will be in this April:



 NoteWorthy Investor Summit LIVE 2018NIS live

Appraisal Nation will be exhibiting at this year’s NIS LIVE April 6th-8th at Irvine Marriott Resort. This event is an elite group of note investors, real estate investors, and industry leaders that share sales, marketing, and business strategies to be a better investor.





LendIt Fintech USA 2018   lendit 2018

Appraisal Nation is heading to Moscone West San Francisco April 9th-11th to exhibit at LendIt Fintech 2018. LendIt Fintech is where the fintech community gathers to hear the latest industry announcements, meet investors and identify new partners. More than 2,500 fintech companies, 1,000 investors and 600 bank executives will be in attendance.



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CMLA 27th Annual Rocky Mountain Mortgage Lenders Expo

We are sending a few of our team member’s to Denver, CO April 12th to attend the CMLA’s Mortgage Lenders Expo. This annual expo brings together over 1,000 mortgage professionals for networking, learning, and growing business!




NYC Real Estate Expo nyc real estate expo

You can find our CEO and SVP of Business Development at this year’s NYC Real Estate Expo April 18th at the Hilton Midtown. They will be attending to meet top real estate professionals in development, law, banking, marketing, architecture, interior design, manufacturing, financial planning and more!



TMBA’s 102nd Annual Convention    TMBA 102nd AC

Appraisal Nation will be exhibiting at the TMBA’s 102nd Annual Convention in San Antonio, TX April 29th- May 1st. This show will feature Barbara Corcoran and other top-notch industry-related speakers to present at this “must attend” event.



North Carolina Bankers’ American Mortgage Conference  NC Bankers

This conference happens to be right in our backyard! Our team will head to The Pinehurst Resort April 30th- May 2nd to learn and discuss important issues in the mortgage field brought to us by the North Carolina Bankers Association.




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AN’s Spring Food Drive

In our service area, 629,000 individuals were unable to consistently access enough nutritious food to live a healthy, active life, or went hungry because they had to skip meals.” -The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina 

    Appraisal Nation’s Cary, NC office kicked off it’s Spring Food Drive the beginning of March. A goal was set to reach 1,000 cans by the end of the month, but our staff went above and beyond collecting 2,095 items in just 1 month! 

A major part of our contribution went to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina:

1,643 pounds which converts into 1,383 meals!

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Our donations also went to:spring cans 3

  •                     Under One Roof
  •                     Catholic Parish Outreach
  •                     Raleigh Rescue Mission






To learn more about these organizations, visit:



Upcoming Conferences

Our team travels the nation for some of the industry’s leading conferences! See what cities we will be in this March:


Pitbull Hard Money Conference      45th PITBULL CONFERENCE

Appraisal Nation is sponsoring at this year’s 45th National Private Lending Conference March 14-15 at the We-Ko-Pa Resort in Scottsdale, AZ. This conference aims to educate brokers, lenders, and investors to the emerging opportunities that exist in hard money lending.



Ellie Mae’s Experience 18        Ellie Mae post

Appraisal Nation is proud to be an official sponsor/ exhibitor at this year’s Ellie Mae Experience 2018 user conference at the Wynn Las Vegas March 19-21. Experience brings together a community of over 3,3oo mortgage industry professionals and Encompass users for three days of learning, growing, and networking. This is one of our largest conference of the year and in the spirit of Las Vegas, our team will be giving away $1,000 worth of Casino Chips to a few lucky winners that visit our booth!



Single-Family Rental SummitAdd heading

Our team is dividing and conquering March 19-21. While part of our team is in Las Vegas, we will be sending another team to Nashville, TN for the 2018 Single-Family Rental Summit hosted by the Five Star Conference at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel. This conference will discuss and answer questions related to property acquisition and management, financing, strategies for small, mid-cap, and large investors, and new developments related to technology and professional services.



35th Emerald Anniversary Regional Conference MBA-NJMBA-NJ

Appraisal Nation will be Exhibiting at this year’s Regional Residential Conference for the MBA. The conference will be held at the Harrah’s Resort and Convention Center in Atlantic City, NJ March 25-29. Industry leaders will be exchanging insights into what to expect in the coming year along with expected developments.



Hurricane Harvey made land fall in Texas on August 25th.  Since then, it is already being recorded as the worst disaster in Texas’ history.  Presently the hurricane has taken the lives of at least 82 people, caused billions of dollars in damage and has left thousands homeless.  Appraisal Nation believes we should do whatever small piece we can to help our neighbors.  With that in mind, we have decided to join the initiative by one of our favorite lenders, Movement Mortgage.

               Movement is offering Hearts4Houston T-shirts for sale at $20 each. 100% of the proceeds will go to the hurricane Harvey relief aid.  Appraisal Nation has committed to purchasing 400 t-shirts, including one for every Appraisal Nation employee, and one for each team member at Movement Mortgages Vendor Management department.


Appraisal Nation named BBB Torch Award Finalist


Appraisal Nation named BBB Torch Award Finalist

Appraisal Nation is proud to announce our recent recognition by Better Business Bureau serving Eastern North Carolina. Appraisal Nation was selected as a finalist for BBB’s Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics in the large business category.

We take tremendous pride in being honored by the BBB. We are proud of our company and our staff for their community involvement and for upholding the high standards set forth by Appraisal Nation. It is our goal to continue to improve as an organization and find more ways to enhance the lives of our customers, our employees, and our communities.”  – Al Ballard, Executive VP of Operations

The Torch Awards for Marketplace Ethics honors companies and charities which demonstrate a high level of character and ensure the organizations’ practices meet the highest standards of ethics. These companies generate a high level of trust among their employees, customers and their communities. The award embodies the Better Business Bureau’s mission of advancing marketplace trust.

Appraisal Nation was honored as a BBB Torch Award finalist on May 18, 2017 at the BBB Torch Awards Ceremony at Prestonwood Country Club.


Michael Tedesco MBA NJ Interview

Appraisal Nation Chief Executive Officer Michael Tedesco had the pleasure of being interviewed during this years MBA NJ conference by the Mortgage News Network. Speaking to MNN, Michael Tedesco also provided insight on how appraisal management companies have to react to an ever changing market full of new regulations.

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Appraisal Nation Earns Ethics Certification from BBB

Appraisal Nation is proud to have recently completed Better Business Bureau serving Eastern North Carolina’s In Pursuit of Ethics program and earned its ethics certification. This, coupled with our A+ rating from BBB, allows Appraisal Nation to continually distinguish itself as a leader in the Mortgage Servicing & Appraisal Management industry and in the business community at large.

“Built on a history of success with a great track record of results, Appraisal Nation is a highly rated, award winning organization, trusted by nearly 400 client and over 6,000 users per-month. Industry experts agree, and Mortgage Executive Magazine has named Appraisal Nation a Top 50 Mortgage Service Provider in America for the past three consecutive years.” ~Michael Tedesco, Chief Executive Officer

In Pursuit of Ethics is an interactive, discussion-based program designed to stimulate ethical thought process resulting in honest, fair behavior. Currently, only 3% of BBB Accredited Businesses have completed In Pursuit of Ethics and hold this prestigious recognition.
For additional information regarding In Pursuit of Ethics, visit

About  Appraisal Nation
The nation’s premier full-service appraisal management company (AMC). Appraisal Nation is licensed and operating in all 50 states with over 20,000 appraisers strategically located in all 3,143 counties. We serve the mortgage and banking industry with solutions lenders can count on. Founded by originators on a model designed to meet our client’s needs; built around customer service.
We are proudly recognized industry-wide as a gold standard of AMCs. Appraisal Nation boasts some of the best turn-times and the lowest revision rates in the industry – because we get it right the first time. Based in Raleigh NC, Appraisal Nation provides nationwide collateral valuation solutions for any need; buying, refinancing, selling, divorce, foreclosure, asset management, portfolio review and tax appeals are just a few of the appraisals we complete for our clients.


About BBB serving Eastern North Carolina
Better Business Bureau serving Eastern North Carolina promotes integrity, consumer confidence and business ethics through business self-regulation in the local marketplace. Serving 33 counties in eastern North Carolina, the organization is funded primarily by BBB Accredited Business fees from more than 3,000 local businesses and professional firms. Services provided by BBB include reports on companies and charitable organizations, general monitoring of advertising in the marketplace, consumer/business education programs and dispute resolution services. All services are provided at no cost to the public, with the occasional exception of mediation and arbitration. Visit


Essential Tips for Real Estate Appraisals

When you have the perfect home picked out and you know this is the home you want, your lender will require you to have an appraisal upon the request to use the home as security for a loan. A real estate appraisal will help in establishing a property’s market value, the sales price it would probably bring the seller, if offered in an open and competitive real estate market.

The reason the lender requires the real estate appraisal is because they want to ensure that the property would sell for at least the amount of money you require for your loan. Simply put, if the lender should ever have to foreclose, they want to ensure they would be able to get their moneys worth.

A real estate appraisal is not to be confused with a comparative market analysis (CMA). Real estate agents commonly use a CMA as a tool to determine a realistic asking price for home sellers. Although, an experienced agent may come extremely close to an appraisal price with the CMA, an real estate appraisal’s report include a lot more detailed information, not to mention the fact that it is the only evaluation report a bank will accept when making the decision of whether or not to loan money.

When having a home appraised for this purpose you should have an appraiser that is an objective third party. The appraiser should have no financial or any other connection with either party involved. If you have never experienced a real estate appraisal before, here are a few things that are included in the report.

There will be many details about the property in question as well as side-by-side comparisons of three different properties like it. There will be an evaluation of the areas overall real estate market. Any issues an appraiser feels can be harmful to the value of the property. Notations about any serious flaws will also be made; these are all coupled with many other items on the detailed appraisal report.

Real estate appraisals come in two different methods for appraising homes. There is the sales comparison method where the market value is estimated by comparing the property to other similar properties that has been sold in the same area. This method uses the similar properties to make several estimates of what they would have sold for if they had the same feature as the property in question.

Then there is the cost method, this is generally used for new properties when the costs of building is known. In this method, the appraiser estimates the costs involved in replacement of the structure if it were to be destroyed.

It is important to note that you should not depend on an appraisal to help you determine if the home is in satisfactory condition. This is a job for a home inspector. During a real estate appraisal, the appraise may take notes about obvious issues, however they will not test appliances, inspect the chimney or roof.

By Rory H. Hawkins

Appraisal Nation Phone Menu Change

As of February 4, 2016, the Appraisal Nation phone menu options have changed. The following is a quick reference guide of our new phone options.

Customer Service – Option 3
Quality Control – Option 4
Accounting – Option 6
Broker Priced Opinions – Option 7
Title & Settlement Services – Option 8


Appraisal Nation Expansion

Appraisal Nation, the nationwide leader in Appraisal Management services is proud to announce the opening of a new office located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The new location will be the headquarters for our latest venture, Appraisal Nation Title & Settlement Services.

weyman_buildingThe new office is located inside the famed Weyman Plaza in South Hills. Set in a natural wooded setting in Whitehall Borough, Pittsburgh’s South Hills area, Weyman Plaza offers modern office space and facilities, with the convenience of four banks, four restaurants, a post office and many more shops and services all within a few minutes walk at nearby Caste Village Shoppes.

Appraisal Nation will now be able to provide Title & Settlement Services to the Real Estate Mortgage industry. At Appraisal Nation, we take a fully comprehensive approach to Title & Settlement Services that allow you to handle all of your closing needs through one place. Our company handles everything from title searches and foreclosure processes to negotiations and home refinances.

Our process is streamlined at every step of the way ensuring that our services can be seamlessly integrated with your current business model to guarantee that costs can be condensed while reducing errors that can effect your closing.

“Appraisal Nation has always strived to provide a complete solution for our clients. From a full suite of valuation products to our bundled solutions which include flood certification and tax verification, our products have helped hundreds of lenders throughout the country. It is with great pride that we take these solutions a step further by announcing our new title closing department. With over 60 years of collective title experience coming on board to this office along with our commitment and dedication to all of the resources required, we believe strongly that the Appraisal Nation Title & Settlement Services will be a very successful endeavor in the near future.” – Michael Tedesco, Chief Executive Officer


For more information about Appraisal Nation Title & Settlement Services email