Category: Appraisal

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Appraisal Management Companies Create More Problems Than They Solve

When the final chapter on this housing crisis is written, I hope that I am still around to see those who were responsible for its cause and the feeble attempts to fix it held responsible. One of the worst fixes is the Home Valuation Code of Conduct. Enacted in 2009, HVCC was spearheaded by then New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. His objective was to rein in appraisal abuses by the lenders sending loans to Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. A noble goal, but by the time this so-called fix went into action many of the worst offenders were either...

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2012 – 2013 USPAP Now Available

The Appraisal Foundation (TAF) announced that the 2012 – 13 edition of the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) is now available. The 2012-2013 edition of USPAP will be valid for two years, effective January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2013. According to a TAF press release “the new edition includes the standards of professional practice for all appraisal disciplines as well as guidance from the Appraisal Standards Board (ASB) in the form of USPAP Advisory Opinions and USPAP Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).” As with the prior edition, the new edition includes the standards of professional practice for all...

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UAD Reader to Manage XML Appraisal Files

Free UAD Reader to Manage XML Appraisal Files UAD (Uniform Appraisal Dataset) is the appraisal format designed and required by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and adopted by FHA and VA. All GSE-destined appraisals as of September 1st, 2011 must be in strict UAD format. FHA and VA have announced they will both require UAD after January 1st, 2012. How do you open and read an appraisal file in the newly required “UAD” MISMO 2.6 XML format? a la mode UAD Reader is a free tool that lets anyone work with any appraisal in the new UAD MISMO 2.6 XML...

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Another NAR Slap in the Face of Home Appraisers

We need to combat NAR negative stereotype and flood the various media outlets continually to discuss why home appraisers are not bound by the ‘sale price’ of a property. Appraisers, The National Association of Realtors has put out another news release extolling the increase in August home sales, while still BLAMING you. This is a common theme of theirs. Excerpts of the release found in the e-newsletter marketwire on marketwatch.com 9/21/2011: Existing-home sales increased in August, even with ongoing tight credit and appraisal problems, along with regional disruptions created by Hurricane Irene, according to the National Association of Realtors(R). Monthly...

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Exposure Draft: Adjusting Comparable Sales for Seller Concessions

The best way for valuation professionals and the public to make a difference in their profession is to offer comments to the Boards of The Appraisal Foundation when exposure drafts are released for comment. The Appraisal Practices Board (APB) has recently released its first Exposure Draft entitled Adjusting Comparable Sales for Seller Concessions. All interested parties are encouraged to comment in writing to the APB before the comment deadline of December 2, 2011. Written comments on this Exposure Draft can be submitted by mail, email and facsimile:

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CHASEing USPAP

Chase has turned a lot of appraisers into state appraisal boards. They’ve been responsible for nearly 20% of the Illinois caseload since 2008. The volume ebbs and flows from one quarter to the next. Not all of their complaints are good. Then again, not all of them are bad, either. All of their complaints insist that the original appraisal was too high. In their complaint submissions to us, they generally include a letter to the original appraiser that predates the complaint by months. In Chase’s complaints to us they typically include an appraisal review of some type. The standard review is a form 2000 as completed by an Illinois appraiser. Sometimes those reviews...

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Unintended Consequences – Intended Use

Intended use must be clearly stated in the report. Unintended Consequences From USPAP: INTENDED USE: the use or uses of an appraiser’s reported appraisal, appraisal review, or appraisal consulting assignment opinions and conclusions, as identified by the appraiser based on communication with the client at the time of the assignment. There can be many intended uses for one appraisal. We all understand that. An appraiser can, theoretically, complete an appraisal on an REO to find a reasonable marketing price and that same report can, theoretically, be used for mortgage purposes. Great! Two birds; one stone. But, if you utilize the Fannie Mae 1004 you have only one intended use. From the 1004: INTENDED USE: The intended use of this appraisal report is for the lender/client to evaluate the property that is the subject of this appraisal for a mortgage...

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VA Adopts Uniform Appraisal Dataset (UAD)

Fee Appraisers are reminded that completion of the data fields of the appraisal report does not relieve them of the duty to provide adequate explanations in the addendum to provide clarity and justification. Veterans Benefits Administration Department of Veterans Affairs Circular 26-11-14 September 26, 2011 UNIFORM APPRAISAL DATASET (UAD) Purpose. The purpose of this circular is to announce the adoption of Uniform Appraisal Dataset (UAD) compliant appraisal reports for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Loan Guaranty Program purposes. Effective Date. Effective immediately, VA fee appraisers may, as an option, use UAD compliant versions of the forms. Effective January 1, 2012,...

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Update on FDIC v. CLGX (CoreLogic – eAppraiseIT):

FDIC’s lawsuit against CoreLogic – eAppraiseIT… FDIC Reiterates Threat that Appraisers Are the Legal Agents of AMCs in a Late – Filed Brief CoreLogic, parent of the AMC formerly known as eAppraiseIT…The FDIC is now contending that independent contractor appraisers are the legal agents of appraisal management companies (AMCs) in both of its cases against LSI Appraisal and CoreLogic. Based on this contention, the FDIC asserts that the AMCs should be liable for all damages attributable to the alleged negligence of their panel appraisers. The FDIC first asserted this argument in a brief filed in its case against Lender Processing...

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City Employees Encourage False Real Estate Appraisals

St. Petersburg city employees encourage false real estate appraisals Frank Gregoire of Appraiser Active and Gregoire & Gregoire, Inc. in the news: St. Petersburg city employees encourage false real estate appraisals by Noah Pransky ST PETERSBURG, Florida – Are staffers keeping city leaders in the dark on real estate deals to obtain property faster? A 10 News Investigation into recent land-buys by the City of St. Petersburg indicates employees in the city’s real estate department are influencing the appraisal values of properties they plan on purchasing. But employees aren’t asking local appraisers to underestimate the values of the homes they...

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