What is an Appraisal?

TASA ID: 379

It may seem like a silly question, but often the silly questions are the best.  What exactly is an appraisal? The answer and its consequences may surprise you, whether you are a professional appraiser, one that uses appraisal services, or just an interested third party.

According to the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice, an appraisal is the act or process of developing an opinion of value.  To be even simpler, it is an opinion of value.  Anytime a “professional” places the monetary worth on an item, whatever the item might be, the result could be called an appraisal.  This could be expressed numerically; it usually is, but it could also be rendered as a relationship (“it’s worth more than a trip to Disneyland”).

Business Incubation Programs

TASA ID: 15318


The purpose of this report is: 1) to raise awareness of how business and technology incubation programs have succeeded across the country, and 2) to better understand how new incubators might be developed as thriving engines of regional and economic growth.

Information presented in this report was taken from several sources: 1) phone interviews with directors of business incubators and industry consultants from across the United States, 2) Business Incubators'


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Key Trends in Green Development & Investment

TASA ID: 15318



The purpose of this paper is to focus attention on important trends that are occurring and will continue to influence:
  • Increasing real estate development and investment in green, and
  • Growing market demand and value of sustainable projects.

The points highlighted in this paper are culled from presentations and discussions with industry leaders in real estate, finance, architecture and construction, at the 2008 Urban Land Institute (ULI) conference on sustainability.

“Green” topics are currently a focus of almost every industry and the media. At the same time, it is hoped that the trends presented in this paper will provide a unique perspective of further value, development and investment in sustainable and green projects, over the next 10 to 20 years.

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The Importance of Sound Banking Procedures and Reviews by Multiple Sets of Eyes

TASA ID: 2717

The internet is full of landmines and scams. In this situation, a hacker obtained the email of the O’Neill Bragg president and sent an email to the VP in charge of banking to wire $580,000 to the Bank of China.  The VP didn’t question the email and completed the required wire transfer procedures for Bank Of America (BOA), O’Neill Bragg’s bank.  The Bank wired the funds thereafter.

Blockchain: Beware of the crypto-hype

December 2018


This article was originally published in ITNOW, Volume 60, Issue 4, Pages 22–23, 1 December 2018,  by © 2018 The British Computer Society.

Dr. Stephen Castell explains why IT professionals need to watch out for crypto-hype and be alert to the problems ahead.

There is currently a crypto-algorithmic blockchain technology mania. Huge amounts of money, commentary, thought, ink and new paper column inches are being lavished on blockchain based technologies such as cryptocurrencies, smart contracts and distributed ledgers.

It seems almost every millennial is involved with an initial coin offering (ICO) or initial token offering (ITO). A few of these may prove to be commercially successful. They may establish a new crypto-economic paradigm. I wish these crypto-enthusiast millennials well. Indeed, I have dubbed crypto the millennials’ rock’n’roll.

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