The Part-Time Thief And Other Appraisal Stories

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Sixty-five-year-old cross dressers? Bombs? Venomous snakes? Murderers? Charging bison? Who would have thought the life of an appraiser could be so full of adventures?

When most of us hear the term, real estate, we think of realtors, banks and mortgage lenders. The appraisers are those non-descript people who carry a clipboard and measuring device, look into your closets and underneath sinks, and tell you your house isn't worth anywhere near ...

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Overview

Sixty-five-year-old cross dressers? Bombs? Venomous snakes? Murderers? Charging bison? Who would have thought the life of an appraiser could be so full of adventures?

When most of us hear the term, real estate, we think of realtors, banks and mortgage lenders. The appraisers are those non-descript people who carry a clipboard and measuring device, look into your closets and underneath sinks, and tell you your house isn't worth anywhere near what you think it should be. Right?

What most people fail to realize is that, like other high-risk jobs, we enter the homes of complete strangers without a clue as to what we may encounter.

Here is a unique look at the life of a real estate appraiser from the inside out!

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  • ISBN-13: 9781453802502
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 10/22/2010
  • Pages: 90
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.19 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Stoltz currently works as a staff journalist for a newspaper in Wyoming, The Glenrock Bird. She also serves as editor and contributor for several other publications and blogs including Florida Bird Magazine, National Bird Magazine, Romance Readers Choice and a new publication National Wildlife Photography. She has been featured in Open Range Magazine, Women's Baby Boomers of America and Cactus Creek Daily. Stoltz also writes a weekly newspaper column entitled "I'm Just Sayin..." and freelances for many websites and various newspapers.

Her previous publication, Women Out West Magazine was instrumental in featuring new women authors, poets and photographers.

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  • Posted April 28, 2011

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    Hilarious sense of understatement at times; quick, lively read

    Rodents and rattlesnakes and rogues. Not enough? How about gangsters and charging bison? This little book of stories, taken from the author's days as a real estate appraiser, shows just how dangerous some of these jobs can be. After all, you are in a vulnerable and lonely position in the true cases mentioned above and throughout episodes in Susan R. Stoltz's memoir. Probably an eye-opener to many, but I will tell you from my husband's experiences as a real estate salesman in the 1960s and prior to his retirement that this is just the tip of the iceberg! Susan writes her episodes as short chapters and in her own voice, making this book personal. As you will find in the book, there is definitely risk, but there is humor as well, and the very real sadness of seeing how some people live. I enjoyed the book as written, but I couldn't help thinking that there must have been several other instances that did not appear in the book for whatever reason. I could see this written in a format much like the acclaimed British author James Herriot's farm veterinarian books. Having also worked on a farm, I realize there are many more opportunities for doing those animal books, though. Nevertheless, I was left wishing for more, and felt even if the stories had to be tweaked slightly, this book could have been more fleshed out, it definitely showed promise in that direction.* But of course, this is Susan's own memoir and fascinating as is, written in stark, factual, as-it-happened realism. This author was held at gunpoint in one home, attacked by wild animals, even faced an apparently lonely senior cross-dresser while keeping her cool. This type of job is a lonely one and laughter is good when it comes your way. Terror isn't. I am amazed at the courage she maintained in her terror. I believe her quiet sense of "get the job done" and hilarious sense of understatement at times was helpful in this respect. A nice quick, lively read. This is a prime example of how seriously some people take their work, what different types of jobs can bring, both good and bad, and how one woman stood her ground. Susan R. Stoltz is one author I would like to sit down and chat with.
    *I note on her website that Susan has written a second Appraisal Stories book.

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  • Posted December 2, 2010

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    You will come away informed and highly entertained.

    Susan R. Stoltz's The Part-Time Thief and Other Appraisal Stories is a fusion of entertaining and educational topics regarding real estate appraisals. Intended for real estate agents, mortgage brokers, loan officers, and the general public, the purpose of this book is to relate the dangers and the constant ethical dilemmas that face the appraiser in a job that few consider high risk. It is a delightful collection of short stories detailing the days in the life of an appraiser, filled with jaw-dropping decisions and hilarious situations.

    Original on a multitude of levels, the message that Stoltz wishes to send through this book is the notion that, while most of us are ethical in our occupations, there are a number of individuals who fall prey to avarice, and unfortunately the real estate industry is fraught with many who are anything but ethical.

    With a genuine writing style and authentic content, this book is extremely appealing. Stoltz describes real-life situations that, for a real estate appraiser, create conflicts that involve making choices between following the rules or doing something, regardless of the rules, that would result in a profit.

    Throughout the book, the conversations and descriptions are often sympathetic toward the appraiser, who frequently finds herself walking into completely unsuspecting situations that can even turn dangerous very quickly. Overall, Stoltz's take home point is apparent: don't take the job if it involves compromising your ethical principles as a real estate appraiser.

    This book gains credibility directly from the experiences of Susan R. Stoltz, who herself was a real estate appraiser for fifteen years, in various geographical locales. As a result, the book provides a great deal of insight, offering different perspectives on how to handle situations with respect to demographics.

    Ultimately, Stoltz expresses a strong level of concern for the appraiser and the risks involved, as it examines clients' interests as they often do whatever it takes to get to the bottom line--regardless of principle. One overarching theme of The Part-Time Thief and Other Appraisal Stories is its consideration of the condition of the mortgage industry circa 2010 and the role appraisers have played in the controversy.

    This is a must read for anyone seeking to learn about the job of real estate appraiser and the market without digging into a thousand-page technical text. Truly, the reader will not only come away informed, but also highly entertained.

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  • Posted November 15, 2010

    WOW! What an ENTERTAINING read!

    It's so refreshing to see a book that shows people at their most interesting. Susan has a way of making a true story telling hilarious but not insulting. This is a long awaited read of the appraisal industry. When you go into someone's home/property with a sense of business you don't know what you will find. This is a read that will take the reader on a journey of "WOW, there are really some caricatures out there in the world aren't there." You will see people that take advantage of a well read, educated, and knowledgeable female in the wild wild west, to another that the author understands but wants' to stay separate from because she needs to keep a professional (if not ethical) arms length from. Anyone that works in, or visits people's homes loves to hear these stories and can entertain others with the tails. Thank You Susan for the magic that you've given in your story telling of your experience!

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  • Posted November 14, 2010

    WOW... ENTERTAINING GREAT READ!!!!!

    It's so refreshing to see a book that shows people at their most interesting. Susan has a way of making a true story telling hilarious but not insulting. This is a long awaited read of the appraisal industry. When you go into someone's home/property with a sense of business you don't know what you will find. This is a read that will take the reader on a journey of "WOW, there are really some caricatures out there in the world aren't there." You will see people that take advantage of a well read, educated, and knowledgeable female in the wild wild west, to another that the author understands but wants' to stay separate from because she needs to keep a professional (if not ethical) arms length from. Anyone that works in, or visits people's homes loves to hear these stories and can entertain others with the tails. Thank You Susan for the magic that you've given in your story telling of your experience!

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