REVAA Reacts to FHFA Study

REVVA Reacts to FHFA Study RE AMCs' Appraisal Quality - AppraisersBlogs

…the methodology, measures of quality, errors & the insertion of staff opinion seems to indicate bias….

REVAA responds to the FHFA study indicating AMCs bring little value.

Mark Schiffman, Executive Director of REVAA, stated to Jacob Gafney, Editor of HousingWire, via email:

“We are disappointed that AMCs and lenders were not consulted at the outset of this research so that we could have help ensure sound methodology. We are also disappointed not to have had the chance to discuss this research with the FHFA before it was distributed publicly.

This is not a final report of any kind from the FHFA, it is a “staff working paper,” which according to the FHFA is a “preliminary product circulated to stimulate discussion and critical comment.”

We urge caution in taking away anything conclusive about the staff working paper at this time, other than the fact that it concludes that lenders that use an AMC to provide quality control before an appraisal is submitted to a GSE is comparable to a lender that did not use the services of an AMC for quality control. In either case, the appraiser never submits an appraisal report directly to the GSE – it first undergoes quality assurance, whether it is provided by the lender or the AMC.

Our review of the research has uncovered real concerns about the methodology, measures of quality, errors and the insertion of staff opinion that seems to indicate bias. REVAA is documenting its concerns and plans to speak to the FHFA about these matters.”

Read the entire article on HousingWire.

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8 Responses

  1. Avatar Fritz Vogel AGA,CRS,CEI,GRI NY Cert. Appraiser 27yr says:

    It’s interesting that the FHFA would “seen biased” t’ward AMC’s. Why? They add No value to the appraisal process, we know that, they fleece the consumer out of 1/4 to 1/2 of their appraisal dollars, we all know that, they keep a “stable” of lesser quality appraisers to accept their lower than C&R fees, we all know that. So why would the FHFA, a G’ment entity, be biased in a study? They were not, they were just telling it like it is. Thank you FHFA.

  2. Avatar Advocate says:

    Mark Schiffman is just trying to spin the truth; the same thing he always does. Pay no attention to him.

  3. Avatar Chris says:

    Their days are numbered and they know it !!!

  4. Avatar Bill Johnson says:

    Of course AMCs provide no value to the APPRAISAL PROCESS. From a lender perspective, the AMC simply represents a free “outside” service that handles what used to be an “inside” expense to the lender. By free, it means what should go 100% to the appraiser “Appraisal Fee paid by borrower”, instead a portion (up to 50+%) goes to the middleman AMC. Lenders could care less about the results (added value or not), as its all about saving another dollar a million times, or in the case of appraisals, hundreds of dollars, millions of times. On a side note, why would anyone think that AMCs add value when they pay perhaps half the going rate (C&R), and give us half the time we need?

  5. “Mark Schiffman, Executive Director of REVAA”

    ’nuff said.

  6. Avatar Scott R. says:

    REVAA is NO advocate of appraisers and the appraiser profession. All one need do is read the REVAA member list on their page. Most of the same companies that are destroying the appraisal profession. CoreLogic, Clear Capital, ServiceLink to note just a few.

  7. I have no favorable regard for REVAA but in this instance they were/are right about the working paper being flawed. They just didn’t bother to identify why specifically. I’ve taken the liberty of doing so and have submitted it to AB for possible publishing within past week.


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REVAA Reacts to FHFA Study

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