CoesterVMS Surety Bond Cancelled

CoesterVMS Surety Bond CancelledVaCAP has been forwarded an email from the North Carolina Appraisal Board stating the Surety Bond for Coester VMS has been cancelled.

We have not heard anything from Virginia or any other state, but will update you as new developments arise.

From: NCAppraisal Board
Sent: Monday, November 26, 2018 11:24 AM
Subject: Bond Claims against CoesterVMS

The surety bond holder for CoesterVMS, IFIC, has notified the Appraisal Board that Coester requested the bond to be cancelled. The effective date of the cancellation is February 16, 2019. The bond number is TXIFSU0633863. A scan of the original bond is attached. Note that continuation bonds were submitted each year with CoesterVMS’ renewal.

The bond limit is $25,000. Once this is reached no further claims will be paid. If you have unpaid invoices from CoesterVMS, you can file a claim with the bond at

Or, send a letter to:
The IFIC Surety Group
One Newark Center
20th Floor
Newark NJ 07102
Attn: Claims Department
Phone: 1 800.333.4167

If you have any questions, contact Roberta Ouellette at

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15 Responses

  1. Retired Appraiser Retired Appraiser says:

    I want a front row seat if they hang Brian Coester.

  2. Avatar Bill Johnson says:

    What goes up, must come down, as in HousingWire calling Brian Coaster a Rising Star (2016 ?), but instead he’s become a falling star.

    Seek the truth.

  3. Avatar Johnny Q says:

    Never accepted any assignments from Coester, their pay was a pittance and their requirements many. Sorry for any colleagues who may be left hung to dry.

  4. Avatar chris says:

    I did one job for them over 12 years ago, only because I was going to be right next door, they continue to call me for a year, and every time I told them I wasn’t interested because I was making so much more money on my own, they always replied but we have to make ours. And I told them every time, not at my expense !!!.

  5. $25,000 Surety Bond!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Are they serious? Anyone here have E&O insurance that low?

    • Baggins Baggins says:

      Is there established tables for surety bonds? It does not seem logical that a company whom can at any time, be tasked with millions of dollars of payments, would have surety bonds that low.

      It appears that one state set an unusually low bond level, and everyone else just followed without any analysis…

      Now I’m getting a slew of calls from collection agencies, trying to get me to sign up with them. Word is getting around…

  6. Avatar Don says:

    Coester is not answering any of their phone numbers or extensions! This does not appear to be a company that is not going out of business per Bryan Coester!

  7. Avatar Steve says:

    It costs money to answer the phone and since they have no money they aren’t going to answer. It seems that they never really had money and relied solely upon their customers to pay them before they could pay appraisers. There is no rule for when a lender has to pay an AMC, only for when AMCs have to pay appraisers. It’s only a matter of time before the money coming in is less than the money that needs to paid out.

    There’s no way for them to recover at this point and probably no reason to as they’ve most likely lost their customers and all of their suppliers. I can’t think of any reason why anyone would ever trust them again.

    I don’t think they ever intended on paying appraisers, and the not going out of business quote was just to hold off the appraisers so that employees could be paid first with whatever money is left.

    • MOST AMCs collect direct from the borrower BEFORE they ever assign the order to an appraiser. There may be exceptions, but most get their money up front. There is NO legitimate reason they do not pay appraisers the full fee due PRIOR to the appraiser going out on the appointment. None.

      • Baggins Baggins says:

        Define the term; Farming orders for variable profit. Attached.

        aka; unearned fee, junk fee, improperly co mingled fee, an unnecessary ‘service’.

  8. Avatar William Robison says:

    I have not received payment for 2 appraisals…one was a mansion in Los Angeles.

    I will dedicate the rest of my life to follow this deadbeat where ever He goes.

    I just hope I can write this off on my taxes as a loss:)

    • You cannot. Only those actual out of pocket expenses related to it. IE; data fees etc. You cant write off ‘time’ for lost revenue never collected.

      BREA will not get involved in collection issues at all. I’d file a complaint with the lender and ask where your money is. Did they pay him? Good luck to you.

    • Baggins Baggins says:

      Man Will, it’s too bad you did not dedicate about an hour to market to lender direct panels…

      There is an easier way to go about removing amc influence than having to vow a lifelong crusade…

      Comical, one hand does not know what the other hand is doing.

      They sold it. You bought it. Stop purchasing it and you won’t have to worry about it.

      It does not matter which amc you work with, either you believe and support the concept that appraisers need this separation from lending and the help of telecom middle management clerks, or you do not believe and support that concept.

      Look within for the answers. Don’t let anyone else be your guide. Do what is best for yourself.

      In case you need to press it, the panic button is right here.


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CoesterVMS Surety Bond Cancelled

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