March 28, 2014 Realty Connect USA with John Fitzgerald, Michael Ardolino, and Karin Caro with guest Appraiser Tom Lauritano talk about the real estate market today and the appraiser's role within. How do the HVCC and Dodd Frank's recent regulatory changes affect real estate purchases, lending and evaluation? How important is the analysis of the market on an appraisal report and does that affect the fair market value? How significant is the relationship between the appraisers and the realtors? Are a home's attributes valued the same from market to market? According to the National Association of Realtors, the return on home improvement investments is currently $.40 on every dollar spent.