Please check out my three new Active Rain Groups... Public Works, Gentrificaiton and Texas Appraiser Data Bank. These three groups were created to allow meeting places for real estate personnel with different experiences in the public sector, re-development and also a place to share information with other appraisers.
Public sector real estate work is very important to contribute to the overall growth of our culture, cities and society. Right of way projects, including utiities, pipelines, and transportation acquisitions are necessary for the growth of our infrastructure. While I agree eminent domain is a controverial subject, it is necessary for the betterment and growth of our cities.
Gentrification is an interesting concept in re-developing our cities, rejuvenating neighborhoods and bringing new life to declining areas. In my opinion it is much more difficult to find new uses for old buildings, than to simply design and develop raw land. Urban sprawl is inevitable, but it is important for us all to look into new challenges to find new uses for old neighborhoods.
Real estate appraisers are always needing more information... new sales, market trends, financial data and other appraisers to network with and share data. More information is better information... some appraisers choose to not share their information, but I have always believed it is necessary for all appraisers to share sales information, so we all can provide better appraisal services.
Please visit and join all of these groups. I encourage your comments, critiques and networking.
Galen F. Morrison