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New Books – December 2012

NAR members and Association staff can borrow up to three books for 30 days from the Library for a nominal fee of $10.

Members and staff can also borrow up to six electronic books, digital audios and/or videos at no cost, through the Virtual Library eBooks Collection.

Hotels & Motels: Valuations and Market Studies
Appraisal Institute, 2001

This text presents a sophisticated, systematic approach to completing hotel market studies, financial forecasts, investment analyses, and valuations. It examines the macroeconomic factors that affect the supply and demand for lodging facilities and introduces a six-step process to evaluate a hotel’s profitability and value. Each step in the process is demonstrated with a case study.

Thinking, Fast and Slow
By Daniel Kahneman
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011

In the highly anticipated Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. Kahneman exposes the extraordinary capabilities—and also the faults and biases—of fast thinking, and reveals the pervasive influence of intuitive impressions on our thoughts and behavior. The impact of loss aversion and overconfidence on corporate strategies, the difficulties of predicting what will make us happy in the future, the challenges of properly framing risks at work and at home, the profound effect of cognitive biases on everything from playing the stock market to planning the next vacation—each of these can be understood only by knowing how the two systems work together to shape our judgments and decisions.

Appraising the Appraisal: The Art of Appraisal Review
By Richard C. Sorenson
Appraisal Institute, 2010

Reviewing appraisal reports is an essential quality-control function and today it is more important than ever. This second edition of Appraising the Appraisal provides practical instruction on the appraisal review process and helps promote greater understanding between reviewers and appraisers. Written by a seasoned professional, this useful guide describes common deficiencies in appraisal reports and offers tips for preparing careful and constructive appraisal reviews that can be applied by appraisers, lenders and other professionals.This new edition includes updated information on scope of work and data verification and real-world examples that highlight the qualities of both effective and ineffective appraisals. A new case study, handy checklists and sample review forms are also provided.

Before and After Disaster Strikes: Developing an Emergency Procedures Manual
Institute of Real Estate Management, 2012

Before and After Disaster Strikes: Developing the Emergency Procedures Manual, Fourth Edition is designed to be a guide and resource for real estate managers as they create the emergency procedures plan and develop the emergency procedures manual for the properties they manage. Designed with an all-hazards approach in mind, this fourth edition walks real estate managers through the necessary considerations when preparing for and reacting to a disasternatural or manmade. Covering more than just natural disasters, this edition provides an extensive look at how to address building emergencies from fires, power outages, or hazardous materials spills, to acts of crime and terrorism.

Appraising Conservation and Historic Preservation Easements
By Richard J. Roddewig
Appraisal Institute, 2011

Learn the intricacies of the appraisal process as applied to conservation and historic preservation easements!

Drawing on legal, regulatory and professional appraisal literature, Appraising Conservation and Historic Preservation Easements examines the valuation of conservation and historic preservation easements from the contradictory perspectives of the IRS, the courts, easement-holding organizations and appraisers.

Life at Home in the Twenty-First Century
The Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA, 2012

Contemporary family life in America has been examined from many perspectives but rarely through the lens of household material culture – the things we own and the ways we use our homes. Sociologists, cultural anthropologists, psychologists, economists, and policy makers have much to say about today’s families, but the methods of ethnoarchaeology take us directly into fresh new territory about modern households. This book explores the home lives of middle-class families in California, exposing vast material worlds and actual and idealized modes of life at home. It is a documentary record of the fascinating richness of these worlds and a unique visual journey into modern cultural history.

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