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Classless Class Valuation AMC Lives Up to Its Nickname Again!

Class Valuation has done some pretty horrific things in the past, but this one has earned them the true title of Classless…

It finally happened…

I was sent an email from Class Valuation. The subject line “New Benefits from Class Valuation – Just in time for Thanksgiving!”

Well fellow appraisers, I can honestly state with 100% certainty, Class Valuation has lived up to its nick name given to them by so many… Classless!

Class Valuation has done some pretty horrific things in the past, but this one has earned them the true title of Classless. You see, the benefits Class Valuation is presenting to appraisers are not benefits at all; these are everyday discounts available on line with a simple Google search. Not only that, these so called benefits have not cost Classless one penny! Truly classless!

Does Class Valuation really believe intelligent professional appraisers would buy into such garbage? Do they not understand appraisers are analytical researchers and see through their dishonesty? Do they really think that little of the licensed professional appraisers; you know the ones that are solely responsible for their continued existence? Do they really believe this is what appraisers want?

Could they be more out of touch?

Appraisers are not friends of Classless, nor are appraisers their partners. They are truly oblivious on who they are and why they have been given the name Classless. It speaks volumes on the character of those they employ.

I don’t speak for all appraisers and only speak for myself, but I don’t want nor do I need any of these so called benefits. I especially don’t want to be associated with a company that has publically smacked appraisers in the face by not thanking them to reach their one millionth appraisal. Why would any professional appraiser even acknowledge such a low life company exists, much less be associated with them.

Hey at least Brian Coester told you up front he was going to treat you like dirt… Class Valuation tries to sugar coat their lack of morals with bribery. Truly Classless!

Now I know Class Valuation hired someone, gave them a fancy Vice President title and told them to smooth things over with appraisers. This has got to be the most worthless position that ever existed. Treat appraisers correctly and all is good. No need to waste money on worthless positions and fill them with people who come up with sugar coated bribes passed off as benefits. Truly Classless.

Hey Classless, how about eliminating that position and give appraisers what they really want; Full fee and respect. We certainly are not getting that now.

By Milton P, Certified Residential Appraiser

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19 Responses

  1. Kimberly Pugh DeFilippis on Facebook Kimberly Pugh DeFilippis on Facebook says:

    Thanksgiving fun!

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  2. Avatar Carl says:

    They take us for fools because some of us are foolish enough to work for them.

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  3. Avatar steve says:

    It’s very simple. Do not work for them, build your own relationships and ignore signing up for other AMCs.

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  4. Avatar Seneca says:

    About 5-6 years ago they filed a complaint with the state on one of my appraisals. The borrower thought it came in too low , surprise. They tried to get me to use other sales and I had to answer why they were not good to represent the subject. So in ADVOCATNG for the borrower John Hamameh, who still works there, sent the report to the state. The state did their investigation and my report came back clean as a whistle. I sent them the state findings with a long well worded letter. About four times a year they send me a request for an assignment. So I always have to remind them what they did to me and why I would accept more work from them. The email always ends with “have a terrible summer” or “Go suck an egg”

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    • Avatar steve says:

      Ha, this is great. One thing I always see appraisers get wrong is that you’re not allowed to be an advocate. Yes, you can’t be an advocate for some random shmo, but you sure as hell better be an advocate for your work and report. So important.

      How could you not advocate for the efforts in your report. If you don’t, do you not trust your own work and report?

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  5. Avatar Cotton says:

    I completed one appraisal for class. The fee was average but far below what is reasonable for the market. The upload process was pathetic. I received a handful of QCs which had zero merit and resulted in zero changes in the appraisal or the value reconciliation. I gave Class 1 opportunity and they blew it! So needless to say I refused to update my license and E/O yet they continue to send orders. These AMCs are hedging war against appraiser’s . AMCs along with flawed tech companies are trying to remove appraisers the process. The key is to stop accepting any AMC work immediately. Defund the scamming scumbags!

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    • Baggins Baggins says:

      Yeah Cotton. Some jobs, just not worth it. The regulatory structure which drives appraisers to the ground and gives free passes to systemic institutionalized amc fraud is perhaps one of the best examples of a subverted regulatory system which is for sale to the highest bidder. I’m not on about any one given amc, the need to be crooked is baked into their business models in general.

      The meaningful regulation was the Dodd Frank Reg Z on Appraiser Independence, C&R rule, which should have resulted in 10k a day 20k per day for recurring instances, of the EXACT behavior that amc’s still engage with today. This still has the potential to be the largest class action in history. Please advise when the fictitious CFPB safe harbor rule on C&R fee compliance will be rescinded.

      Oh wow, get a load of this. I thought the Yelp Class thread could not get any better, but it did. Marvelous! It’s like the only positive reviews are low information borrowers and the 1 stars are packed full of apparently licensed people. PR only goes so far and Yelp is not just going away. Can you imagine trying to BS your way through those, having to post with your real name in defense of that company? Skewered lamb. One sympathizes.

      https://www.yelp.com/biz/class-valuation-troy

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  6. Baggins Baggins says:

    Merry Christmas! With amc’s you’re more likely to be reviewed, more likely to be complained against, less likely to have anyone stand up for you, you get paid less, work harder for fewer benefits, are constantly berated, bullied, with no respect for your time, no upward mobility in sight. And if you do carve something out, it’s fleeting with unavoidable ethical challenges. Who goes for that?

    I’ll owe a pepsi and a hamburger to anyone whom can prove there is an amc out there whom always bills for their services separately, and pays a consistent uniform fee to every single one of their panel appraisers, assigning reports without bias, without any variable fee raking. The entire amc industry is built around defrauding consumers and deceiving appraisers, appeasing the incompetence of select lenders whom find themselves unable to navigate the relatively simple regulatory requirements of engaging with appraisers. ‘Management’ you can rely on. It’s like twice the danger, you get a predatory assignment company and an incompetent lender at the same time.

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    • Avatar Seneca says:

      It’s actually the opposite. I do 10-12 field reviews a month and 80% of them list No AMC. Without the middle man it triggers more reviews because they want to make sure the appraiser isn’t in the pocket of the lender. So much for “You’re more likely”.

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      • Baggins Baggins says:

        That’s not true as a standard though. Each lender may set their own individual policies. Those reviews may be random, or they may be triggered individually by a certain scoring via automatic review results. Many lenders, especially those whom are managing the entire process themselves, may be more risk adverse. This theoretically provides a safer climate for appraisers. Issues are managed internally without as many additional parties.

        Then add on various state policies, and additional lender policies. More reviews which could really come back at the appraiser negatively happen with amc work than without. And even if not, the resolutions are different. So I suppose we could both be correct on this issue. The key difference being the dispositions, one side is more likely to handle internally, the other is more likely to just point the finger at the appraiser and file complaints as a standard process. An originating front line appraiser hopes to be unaware of reviews. You know they happen but hope to never hear about it. In my state there is some additional requirement that the amc guarantee that one in so many appraisals gets some sort of additional measure of review, over and above existing lender policy. I think it may be a state based, I’m not sure. Not sure of that one exactly, I never bothered with it, as I’m not doing work for them. But the point from where I sit was obvious, an additional layer of scrutiny for amc’s with the state involved. As if the mis mash of scrutiny the lenders applied, is not enough to deal with already.

        One dares to imagine a better way of managing panels and dealing with reviews. Underwriters used to be in charge of appraiser approval lists, back in the day. More frequently is my understanding. Wouldn’t it be nice if upon negative reviews, appraisers could be more routinely cycled out and other more careful appraisers cycled in. Sadly the review function now serves more as a stop gap or additional liability layer protection for complicated scenarios and manual underwriting events. A call for long term awareness of repurchases and the appraisers tied to them seems appropriate. Nobody is going to actually do that though. Repurchases and defaults are not broadcasted and are swept under the rug asap, everywhere. And it would be too complicated of a system, because many laymen would not understand that some areas carry naturally higher default ratios, of no fault of the appraiser for having provided service there. You know, in a perfect world there would be more transparency and less interested party influence, actual errors which result in repurchase would result in more consequences than just claims. Perhaps we could enjoy a new climate where amc’s would not be able to consistently prefer sending lions shares of orders to the extreme discounters whom we suspect carry those higher ratios. Reasons the fnma cu system refuses to publish all the data?

        That or requiring round robin and separating billing so amc’s billed for their distinctly different services separately. That is a very simple solution. If you try to talk to any given amc about either round robin or cost plus billing, you’ll quickly find they refuse to even talk about it. A sham wow job every time. There is nothing unbiased or impartial about amc workflow distribution to appraisers, absolutely nothing. It’s as biased as it comes, with just as much risk as a stupid mb pushing comp searches to value shop. Except they’ve monetized that process of shopping, by way of improperly go mingled fees. Oh I said it again, the taboo statement of this industry; amc’s and appraisers should not share a singular bill.

        A review is a review is a review. Not anymore. Now it’s a state review, an internal review, a third party review, an administrative review, a forensic review, a mortgage portfolio review, a blind safeguard third party review after funding, a desk review licensed, a field review licensed, or as I just dealt with, a borrower picking his own comps because now he’s allowed to ‘review’ and request rov’s too. Like where is the underwriter on all this? Think there could possibly be conflict of interests with amcs being owned by title and insurance companies lately? Dang.

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      • Avatar Nikita says:

        Typically a review is ordered when there is no AMC and the loan is being sold to an investor.

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  7. Perry E. Turner, Jr. on Twitter Perry E. Turner, Jr. on Twitter says:

    Leave them alone to drown in their own cess pool!

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    • Baggins Baggins says:

      Amc’s are large and in charge partner. As long as the amc does not bill separately for their services, they’ll ride on the backs of the appraisers until the bitter end. If that end ever comes. They are no longer just independent entities trying to scrape by an operational margin by forcing appraisers to discount with relentless shopping. Nope, now they’re tied into larger corporations much more frequently, and this consolidation continues industry wide. So theoretically, the amc’s tied into the big corps could run at a loss indefinitely and still provide such a profitable function to these companies, they’d run them in the red forever. Until the appraisers fee is separated and amc’s are forced to have cost plus billing, they will never ever go away. Audit time.

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  8. Avatar Last Word says:

    I find it very amusing alamode is offering $199 off a Titan product and Class is taking a 50% cut on that discount with their offer of $100. Steal off the appraisers back, now stealing off Corelogic/ alamode! agree with the others; Classless!

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  9. Avatar Austin M Osborn says:

    I’m glad to read I am not the only one who has had enough of Class Valuation! They sent me five different bogus revision request over the course of two weeks. The last straw was when they added a second revision in one day that they needed the cost approach developed on a 90 year old property! Am I wrong to believe that the cost approach on a property of that age is absolutely arbitrary and is really just another hoop for me to jump through? I called them that day to request that they take me off of their list and low and behold, I got another request for bid the following week. Needless to say I declined!

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  10. Avatar Pat says:

    Just wait

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