I just love my Google Alerts. I have several alerts based on FHA and appraisals and I just had to write about one of the articles in the alert I found. I clicked on a link that brought me to an appraiser's website who is willing to trade appraisals for people's stuff instead of cash. He was asking for guitar stuff, video games, hockey gear, tools, business services, and anything else he could use.
I can only imagine the look on his accountant's face when he gives him the list of unwanted stuff people traded for his appraisals. Everyone wants a discount, I wonder how he would work that out. Hmm, I'll do it for 4 video games, a hockey stick, and I'll drop the request for the Chia Pet collection. Are customers going to look elsewhere in the hopes of trading less crap with another appraiser who doesn't charge as much? Is this even allowed with USPAP?