DOJ Goes after CoreLogic!

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DOJ Goes after CoreLogic! - Appraisal Data Secrecy - PAREA Survey

If the DOJ investigation proves fruitful, it is possible appraisal data could be investigated as well…

The Department of Justice has sent a Civil Information Demand (CID) notice to CoreLogic. The CID requires CoreLogic turn over documents and answer questions. The article by Rob Hahn explains that the case revolves around not only the search features of the MLS systems, but the contracts and agreements on the use of MLS data by CoreLogic.

If this investigation proves fruitful, it is possible appraisal data could be investigated as well. If this is the case, it will be a fast rolling snowball downhill for CoreLogic. See the entire article with a link to the CID here.

…does seem like the DOJ is going to be digging through the MLS database for CoreLogic’s customer MLSs to see about commissions and data that CoreLogic is not allowed to distribute or sell. It sure does seem like DOJ is going to do its own statistical analysis to see what’s going on beneath the hood of dozens of the largest MLSs in the country….

It really does feel like the DOJ (and possibly the FTC, its comrade in arms when it comes to regulating the real estate industry) is going to bring some kind of an enforcement action against a variety of MLSs, possibly against NAR (as the entity that creates national rules and regulations for MLSs), alleging that most of the “private information” on the MLS is anti-competitive. Why would the DOJ invoke the Sherman Anti-Trust Act otherwise?…

Fannie and Freddie are Smug Bugs in a Rug…

All because inwardly focused and entitled Fan and Fred are smug bugs in a rug.

That is a quote from the article by Jeff Lazerson in The Orange County Register on May 23, 2019. The article is about Fannie and Freddie maintaining property valuation data and how it is harming consumers. The article touches on many things starting with HVCC and ending with the true cost of bidding wars. Consumer harm is expressed when they are paying 33% more for an appraisal because of appraisal management companies.

What is telling, the author, Jeff Lazerson, is a mortgage broker and comes right out and states “What a disaster” in describing today’s mortgage environment.

This is a good read and worthy of sharing to all your contacts. Help spread the word on consumer abuses. Read the entire article here.

The AQB wants your comments on PAREA! Are you familiar with the Practical Applications of Real Estate Appraisal? The appraisal qualifications Board is developing virtual learning for residential appraisals. This is in response to the difficulty in obtaining a supervisor and is designed to help encourage new entrants into the profession. There are a lot of positives to this type of learning, and of course some negative as well. The AQB wants your input on the program by June 1st. Read through the 12 page discussion draft and provide your comments directly to the AQB.

Our sister Coalition, the Arizona Association of Real Estate Appraisers (AAREA), has developed their own survey to gather member responses. They have invited us to participate in their survey as well. Please note, your responses to the AAREA will not count toward Arizona responses, but the results will be forwarded to the AQB. Take the AAREA survey here.

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  1. VaCAP Board VaCAP Board says:

    Excellent article by Jeff Lazerspon. He wrote one for USA today back in 2014 that is also excellent.

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/2014/12/06/appraisal-real-estate/19906355/

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  2. Carole Christensen on Facebook Carole Christensen on Facebook says:

    And not for becoming a monopoly organization…MLS, Realist, Alamode and appraisal management. And of course lets not forget selling us each others work without our explicit permission.

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  3. Vincent R Simon on Facebook Vincent R Simon on Facebook says:

    Let’s not forget the in bed relationship with Wells Fargo, a banking institution that has had its fraud issues for years

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  4. Baggins Baggins says:

    Lots of reading for this one. The follow up reader comments on the Notorious Rob site are perhaps the most interesting. In your opinion why would they want the search history of realtor users pertaining to disclosed commissions? Is there is some sort of new focus on leveling anti trust on regular agents whom seek to not show flat rate listings? This would open the door wide for more flat rate and more tech valuation substitutes. Just reading from a layman’s perspective this reads like anti trust being used to further dismantle traditional process, possibly intended to force MLS participators away from seeking traditional point based engagements. If the primary goal of anti trust is to force everyone to adopt leveraged tech in favor of lower costs for consumers and lower income for industry workers… Clarification is needed.

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  5. Avatar chris says:

    Great article !!!

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  6. Avatar SB says:

    Funny how Corelogic’s Insiders tout stock share buy backs……… but tor some strange reason THEY ARE ALL CASHING OUT.

    Trump’s tax cut enabled them to completely abuse the system. Enabled them to buy out Alamode. Enabled them to create an unfettered monopoly that ultimately screws appraisers.

    “Saw tooth” stock chart completely reveals stock price manipulation.

    CEO IMPOSTOR Frank Martell may be Public Enemy #1 to the Appraisal Industry.

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    • Baggins Baggins says:

      It was my understanding these tech companies have been monopolizing the industry and screwing consumers over for longer than just the past several years. Turn off the idiot box.

      If you don’t read the newspaper, you are uninformed. If you do read the newspaper, you are misinformed / Mark Twain.

      I will add, that the man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them / Jefferson.

      One must select wisely a source of news; otherwise it would be better to be uninformed than misinformed / Benson

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