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"House M"
A surprising transformation opens this residence towards protected landscape in the Netherlands.

A traditional home has undergone a drastic makeover: all of the unnecessary elements were removed from the old house and the building was clad with a new insulated facade so that a clear, recognizable form would remain.

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Welcome - Fall 2013

Dear Readers,

Welcome to the
Real Estate Valuation Magazine Online Fall 2013 Issue.

We did not run a Summer 2013 issue of the magazine because this summer has been a difficult time for me. In May, I was diagnosed with Shingles which penetrated my sciatic nerve, causing severe pain down my right leg and into my foot. For June, July and most of August I was wheelchair-bound because the disease affected my balance and walking was very painful.

I have taken the summer off to get well, and while I still have pain in my big toe, but I am relieved to report that I am feeling better and stronger every day. The road to recovery is long, but my condition has improved enough that I feel confident returning to work at this time.

There have been many interesting developments in the appraisal field during the summer. After five years, we are still feeling the lasting effects of the foreclosure crisis. We are getting reports that the flow of appraisal work is slowing down after a bit of an up swing this past spring and summer.

There has been a lot of discussion recently about Life After Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, so the editorial of this issue takes a closer look at the Rise and Fall of these two agencies. While some people are calling for the FHA to take over Freddie and Fannie, I am more concerned that FHA may also needing a financial bailout.

Speaking of the FHA, any appraiser who is doing FHA appraisals needs a laundry list of publications (nearly 350 pages in total). While these documents are available across the FHA website. I personally find the FHA website to be abysmal to navigate. Given how cumbersome it is to download these documents individually, I have compiled all of these resources into a packaged set available for purchase today!

With that introduction, we hope you will enjoy the Fall 2013 Issue of the magazine. Our son, H Alex continues to be actively be involved with producing the magazine as our editor. As always, if you have appraisal questions, please feel free to email me at For technical issues or other general questions regarding REV, or our website, please email our editor, H Alex Harrison at


P.S. For information about free listings and advertising in our publications email:
Photo credit: Fresh Home.

Welcome - Winter 2013

Dear Readers,
Enjoy the latest issue of the magazine. We have some new
Ask Henry's, an article on the recently announced FHA reforms, and a glimpse of new construction in China that is sure to wow the environmentalists of the group. As always, if you have appraisal questions, please feel free to email me at; for technical issues or other general questions regarding the publication, email our new editor, H Alex Harrison at

Sincerely, HSH

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NYC Micro-Unit Apartment Competition Winner
by H Alex Harrison, Esq.

On January 22, 2013, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, together with city officials, announced the winner of the adAPT NYC Competition – a pilot program to develop a new housing model for the city’s growing small-household population. The winning entry, ‘My Micro NY,’ was designed by a development team comprising Monadnock Development LLC, Actors Fund Housing Development Corporation, and nARCHITECTS.

adAPT NYC is a pilot program that was launched in July 2012 through a Request for Proposals to develop a new model of housing – micro-units. The proposals were evaluated on several criteria, including innovative micro-unit layout and building design. The
MMNY proposal excelled in this category, with features like generous 9’-10” floor-to-ceiling heights and Juliette balconies that provide substantial access to light and air. The micro-units developed as part of this pilot will measure between 250 and 370 square feet.

Modular by design, the 55 micro-unit construction is reminiscent of the famous Habitat 67, designed by Moshe Safdie, which debuted at the 1967 Worlds Fair in Montreal, Canada. Safdie's design for Habitat 67 began as a thesis project for his architecture program at McGill University. Habitat 67 comprises 354 identical, prefabricated concrete forms arranged in various combinations, reaching up to 12 stories in height. Together, these units create 146 residences of varying sizes and configurations, each formed from one to eight linked concrete units.

The biggest difference between Habitat 67 and MMNY is MMNY’s transforming use of interior space. In lieu of fixed spaces, MMNY apartments offer a novel and innovative use of “programmable space,” which allows occupants to adjust the size and use of a room depending on their needs throughout the day.

Each unit comprises two distinct zones: a ‘toolbox’ zone containing a kitchen, bathroom and storage space; and a ‘canvas’ zone providing ample, well-proportioned flexible space allowing for individual expression, and serving as the primary living and sleeping area.

As micro-apartment living becomes more trendy, the appraisal industry will likely see an increase in appraisals of this type.

To view a video walkthrough of the My Micro NY concept,
click here.

Welcome - Mach 2013

Dear Readers,
Welcome to the March 2013 issue of REV. I’m pleased to report that the newest section of our Real Estate Valuation website, the
Appraisal Education Directory, is growing every week. It is the first FREE national directory designed to connect appraisers with local schools and appraisal organization chapters across the country offering classroom QE and CE appraisal courses/seminar — not just our courses/seminars, but any appraisal course or seminar. If you have yet to do so, I encourage you to visit the directory today.

Stone House Detail
Enjoy the latest issue of the magazine. We have a new editorial on when the housing market will bounce back, as well as some good news about the improving housing markets, new Ask Henry’s, an amazing Rave, and an article about the winning design from of New York’s adAPT NYC Micro-Unit Apartment Competition.

As always, if you have appraisal questions, please feel free to email me at; for technical issues or other general questions regarding the publication, email our new editor, H Alex Harrison at


P.S, For information about free listings and advertising in our publications email:
Photo credit: Dezeen Magazine.


China’s New “Urban Forest”
Inspired by mountainous Chinese landscapes and the traditional villages built their hillsides, MAD Architects has unveiled plans to create a towering vertical Urban Forest. Designed for Chongqing, China, the projects consists of a stacked vertical forest set in the heart of the city, designed to bring more nature and open space in a dense and compact way. MAD Architects is becoming more known for their sustainable designs, and hopefully the green design aspects of this new tower extend beyond the garden spaces on each floor.

Urban Forest is a commercial high-rise building that takes the form of an urban mountain with over 70 floors, each one different and unique. Each floor is an abstract curved shape, layered slightly off-center to give the facade an organic look as it rises up into the sky. A central cylindrical core structure supports all the floors and hosts the mechanical systems and elevators.

Each floor is also covered in floor-to-ceiling glass windows, providing expansive views of the city. A walk-around balcony of differing widths hosts the green garden space, as well as pools, trees, and courtyards. Some floors are nothing but open space, while others contain offices or residential space. Each floor is seen as a separate and unique level of the urban forest and is meant to combine both nature and the urban metropolis.

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