Category: Snippets

Snippets of recommended and/or thought-provoking articles, columns, podcasts, etc. broadcasted by Real Estate Appraisers from around the web

Appraisal Modernization - UAD and "forms" redesign - Appraisers Blogs 47

UAD and Forms Redesign

Last year the hot topic was Appraisal Modernization – mostly bifurcate appraisals and UAD changes. In late 2019, FHFA decided to not do much more on bifurcated. However, the GSEs have been working on UAD fields. There is an active work group of appraisers advising the GSEs on UAD changes. There has been a sample of what is being worked on floating about the internet. Per Danny Wiley, Senior Director of Single Family Valuation at Freddie Mac since 10-19, in a Facebook post, this a very preliminary UAD list and is not to be relied on as representing what will...

Banks Show Little Appetite for Suicide 18

Banks Show Little Appetite for Suicide

More than a decade ago when the housing/credit bubble burst the focus on exiting the financial crisis was to bail out the banking industry. They were essentially insolvent and by not forcing them to “mark to market” their asset values to their new lows which would force them to declare insolvency, they survived. Banks had become reckless and in the eyes of the government and needed to be bailed out or the global economy would collapse and caveman days would return. My friend and zen-goddess of the housing data vertical Ivy Zelman of Zelman & Associates paraphrased a quote by...

Potential Tsunami of Mortgage Fraud - Deferring Appraisals for 120 Days 11

Potential Tsunami of Mortgage Fraud

Here is my take on the new ruling since I just happen to be an appraiser with 34 years of experience: Lenders have seen their mortgage volume drop because of liquidity issues (namely job loss and uncertainty about future income). Lenders are also reluctant to issue low rate loans in this situation given concerns about liquidity and lack of processing capacity, so mortgage rates are not falling in aggregate. In essence, they are slightly higher than a month ago. There is also the likelihood of declining property values going forward, so an 80% LTV could be a 100% LTV tomorrow....

Veros Suspect Forecast Displays their Lack of Understanding of the Crisis 16

Veros AMC Suspect Forecast

As real estate appraisers, we are the best source of market insights to the consumer because we aren’t paid on commission. One of the things that appraisers should not do, is pretend to know what will happen in the aftermath of the Coronavirus. No one knows at this point because the Coronavirus itself hasn’t reached its Apex so there is no light at the end of the tunnel. Sure we can speculate about the future, but there are no specific numbers to back that up. That’s why a recently shared report by the AMC known as Veros is so irresponsible....

XOME Letter in Case Appraisers Get Arrested 24

XOME Letter in Case Appraisers Get Arrested

Insiders tell me they are publishing a Dick Tracy Decoder Ring next week. Good grief. This suggests they are so desperate for appraisers to place themselves in harm’s way that a printer and a logo is all you need for protection. Do they have a legal department? To Whom it May Concern: This letter acknowledges that ____________ is an authorized vendor of Xome. Xome is an Essential Business (or its equivalent, in accordance applicable state or local order) that provides support and services on behalf of exempt financial services companies that originate mortgage loans and service mortgage loans nationwide. Xome...

COVID-19 Disclaimers in Appraisal Reports - Appraisers Blogs 17

COVID-19 Disclaimers in Appraisal Reports

Let’s focus on the big rocks, not the small rocks in this time of crisis I shared my firm’s disclaimer for the Coronavirus to a group of appraiser colleagues of mine: Extraordinary Assumption – COVID-19 was identified in China in December 2019 and quickly spread across the globe, including the U.S., evolving into a pandemic. As a result, the Federal Reserve cut the federal funds rate on March 3, 2020, by 0.5%, making the threat of the virus tangible to most housing market consumers. The Fed cut the federal funds rate by another 1% on March 15, 2020, to offset...

USPAP Misleading Definition Inviting Problems, Not Protecting Public Trust 11

New “Misleading” Definition Inviting Problems

I perused the latest copy of USPAP and saw a new definition on the list: Misleading. While I appreciate the attempt by TAF to create clarity and their hard work, and appraisers need standards to operate by and USPAP should be that standard, the addition of this word to the list is symbolic of over-regulation. “Misleading” as a word is a qualitative term and the courts will determine whether something is “intentional” or “unintentional.” In Webster’s dictionary, the word “mislead” already has a negative connotation. “to lead in a wrong direction or into a mistaken action or belief often by...

Crack in the Foundation? Deep Dive Into the Appraisal Regulatory System 1

Crack in the Foundation?

Phil Crawford with Voice of Appraisal has a great new podcast! Phil interviews author Jeremy Bagott about his eye-opening book titled “Dispatches from the Cosmic Cobra Breeding Farm!” The book breaks down The Appraisal Foundation and provides a rare “behind the scenes” glimpse into the world of appraisal regulation! The author did his homework and takes a deep dive into the appraisal regulatory system structure. The book outlines the shape of “Incorporation by Reference” into regulation and how it disproportionately harms small businesses. The Appraisal Foundation held the “Golden Ticket” for the past 30 years… Who will be next? Enjoy...

Some Cobras Might Want To Look In The Mirror 6

Cobra’s Favorite Target is TAF Dave Bunton

In 2016 I began to wage a battle with the Appraisal Institute to bring to light how they were working against the residential appraisers’ interests by going to state legislatures (largely, Scott DeBiasio). What triggered my outrage was their attempt to take control over the local finances of each chapter and I’m not even a member. Their lack of residential representation continues today but the difference is, the appraisal industry’s deeper understanding of AI’s past behavior, linkage with AMCs including past senior officers who run them and lack of effectiveness in moving residential forward. One of my thought processes during...

You Should Be Insulted if That’s All You Think You’re Worth 17

You Should Be Insulted…

A good friend and appraiser colleague of mine in the midwest sent me this appraisal order request from Better Mortgage in New York [redacted]: My friend and I and most of my peers marvel at order requests like this. They are paying half the market rate to the actual person analyzing the asset to be used as collateral for the mortgage, but most importantly that seems to enable them to provide free lunches and snacks to their employees who process the loans. See the review in Glassdoor. Companies like this can often find a few appraisers willing to work for...

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