This is Diana, with ABC-The Appraiser’s Business Companion. Knowing this was the last “Tip of the Week”, I spent a lot of time thinking about just what I could leave you. Songs came racing into my head such as the title states from the Beatles hit song, “Hello Goodbye”. Another lyric that came to mind was from Merci Me, “Dear Younger Me”. I loved the first line, “Where do I start; If I could tell you everything that I have learned so far. Then you could be one step ahead of all the painful memories still running thru my head; I wonder how much different things would be, Dear Younger Me”.
Over the past couple of years, I’ve imparted so many different ideas, methodologies, understandings about our Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP). You honored me with your reading and often your comments. Many years ago, when this practice seemed like such a mystery to me, I remembered saying, “when its my turn, I’m going to tell everyone who’ll listen, what this is all about.” Well, I haven’t been able to share it all but oh what a wonderful ride we’ve been on. Bobby and Frank opened the doors to sharing comments, links, formulas, the “Ask Us” feature of “ABC” and then they opened it wider with the “Tip of the Week”.
It was because of ABC I was able to meet some of you; certainly because of them I was able to keep in closer touch with those of you I came to know over the years.
Here’s another lyric, “Dear younger me, I cannot decide, Do I give some speech about how to get the most out of your life. Or, do I go deep and try to change the choices that you’ll make, cuz they’re choices that made me. Even though I love this crazy life, sometimes I wish it was a smoother ride, Dear younger me”
Our Tip’s of the Week brought us to learn short-cuts (conclude the economic life, divide the years and multiply the percent by the actual age to identify the incurable depreciation on the effective date). This venue created a learning of more complex processes such as “Highest and Best Use” when the Land was either in Excess or in Surplus. Changes in regulations and/or our USPAP document were discussed at length. The mechanics of a market analysis and a contract analysis became clear.
In this final chapter to this particular story of ABC-The Appraiser’s Business Companion, I think I’ll leave you with another lyric, this one from “You’ll Be in My Heart” by Phil Collins in 1999, “Just Look Over Your Shoulder-I’ll Be There Always”.
Many thanks to all of you who’ve been faithful ABC members. You’ve made my life better as I tried to make yours. This is Diana Jacob, closing out with my last “Tip of the Week” from ABC-The Appraiser’s Business Companion. “You say Goodbye and I say Hello”.