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Fannie Mae Launches Appraiser Quality Monitoring Website

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The Appraisal Institute announced that Fannie Mae launched a website focused on its new Appraiser Quality Monitoring process, which evaluates appraisals for data accuracy and consistency. The site gives lenders access to a list of appraisers whose reports will be subject to 100 percent review or no longer accepted by Fannie. Sellers and servicers approved… Continue Reading

Appraisal Institute: Solar Electric Systems Positively Impact Home Values

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The Appraisal Institute has released a study concluding that solar photovoltaic systems typically increase market value and almost always decrease marketing time of single-family homes in the Denver metropolitan area. A PV system is a solar electric system that is designed to convert sunlight into electricity. The Appraisal Institute worked with the Colorado Energy Office… Continue Reading

Appraisal And Mortgage Fraud Declines

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According to a recent report by LexisNexis, appraisal and mortgage fraud has decreased nationwide. The FBI’s pending fraud cases was 1,954 during fiscal year 2012 as compared to 2,691 cases reported the previous year. The biggest category of fraud was application fraud which accounted for almost 70%. 9% involved appraisal fraud which was a very… Continue Reading

Appraisal Institute Offers Appraisal Advice For Consumers

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The Appraisal Institute recently published “tips” designed “to help consumers understand the role of appraisals in the lending process.”  The tips are. 1. Understand the role of mortgage appraisals. 2. Make sure the lender hires a qualified appraiser, such as an MAI or SRA Designated member of the Appraisal Institute. 3. Accompany the appraiser during… Continue Reading

Agencies Issue Proposed Rule To Exempt Some Mortgages From Appraisal Requirements

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  Six federal financial regulatory agencies recently issued a proposed rule that would create exemptions from certain appraisal requirements for a subset of higher-priced mortgage loans. According to the agencies, the proposed exemptions are intended to save borrowers time and money and to promote the safety and soundness of creditors. The appraisal requirements for higher-priced… Continue Reading

Appraisal Institute Discusses USPAP Changes

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Paula Konikoff, JD, MAI, chair of the Appraisal Institute’s Professional Standards and Guidance Committee recently discussed the 2014-15 USPAP updates, including the process the Appraisal Standards Board used to adopt the latest edition of USPAP, the new Report Options that will be part of the 2014-15 edition of USPAP, and other changes made that might… Continue Reading

Georgia Adopts Rules for Evaluation Appraisals

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The Georgia Real Estate Appraisers Board recently adopted its final regulations regarding standards for developing and reporting an “evaluation appraisal.” The regulations state that, where permitted by federal law and policies, a state-licensed or certified appraiser performing an evaluation appraisal need not comply with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice. The new regulations state… Continue Reading

42 Appraisal Firms Form Valbridge Property Advisors

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Forty-two U.S. appraisal firms announced March 18 that they now are operating as Valbridge Property Advisors. The new firm is comprised of independent, local-market valuation firms with each office run by the local practice leader who must hold an MAI designation of the Appraisal Institute. The new firm will specialize in office, industrial, retail, multifamily,… Continue Reading

PA Considering Bill Expanding Brokers Ability To Provide Comparative Market Analysis

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Legislation was introduced in the Pennsylvania General Assembly to expand the ability of real estate sales professionals to provide Broker Price Opinions and Comparative Market Analyses outside of the real estate brokerage context. This legislation would amend the Real Estate Licensing and Registration Act and the Real Estate Appraisers Certification Act. A Comparative Market Analysis… Continue Reading

Report: Ban Distressed Home Sales As Comps

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The Bipartisan Policy Center issued a report proposing changes to current appraisal policy. Although it was primarily focused on reducing the government’s role in the nation’s housing finance system, it had appraisal related recommendations. For example, it recommended banning the use of distressed home sales as comparables which the BPC said was helping to decrease… Continue Reading

Appraiser Qualification Board Issues Second Exposure Draft

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The Appraiser Qualification Board issued the Second Exposure Draft of Proposed Interpretation and Revision to the Real Property Appraiser Qualification Criteria. The AQB is an independent board of The Appraisal Foundation and composed of at least five practicing appraisers who are appointed by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees for three-year terms. Under the provisions of… Continue Reading

Appraisal Foundation Releases New Pamphlets for Consumers and Lenders

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The Appraisal Foundation, a national non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of professional valuation and protecting the public trust, has released two new pamphlets benefitting consumers and lenders. According to the Foundation, A Guide to Understanding a Residential Appraisal was developed specifically for consumers. This pamphlet is intended to provide consumers an overview of the… Continue Reading

New Appraisal Standards Approved for Higher-Risk Mortgages

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A new rule passed Jan. 15 gives mortgage lenders an additional year to institute appraisal standards for higher-risk loans. Six agencies were involved in approving the rule, including FDIC, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Reserve, the Federal Housing Finance Agency and the National Credit Union… Continue Reading

Tax Court Eliminates Draft Reports from Discovery

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One important issue for litigation experts to always consider is whether their draft reports can be obtained by another party via discovery. The rules vary by jurisdiction. Recently, the US Tax Court amended Rule 70 of its Rules of Practice & Procedure to exclude drafts of expert reports from discovery. This protection applies regardless of the form in… Continue Reading

Sandy Will Delay Loans And Require Reappraisals

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Loans involving properties in the path of Hurricane Sandy will certainly be delayed according to National Mortgage News. In addition to the obvious business interruption, many properties will need to be reappraised to determine if the Hurricane caused a decrease in property value. Given the volume of reappraisals, the loan process will be severely impacted. David Stevens, president… Continue Reading

Foreclosures Reach Lowest Level Since 2007

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The New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance performed 173 examinations of mortgage licensees in 2011. According to National Mortgage News, these examinations concluded that 90 percent of the mortgage firms had some type of violation. The examinations showed a total 4,347 violations, or 25 per examination. The most common violations were deficiencies in loan… Continue Reading

NJ Agency: 90 Percent of Mortgage Firms Violate Laws

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The New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance performed 173 examinations of mortgage licensees in 2011. According to National Mortgage News, these examinations concluded that 90 percent of the mortgage firms had some type of violation. The examinations showed a total 4,347 violations, or 25 per examination. The most common violations were deficiencies in loan… Continue Reading

Realtors Criticize ‘Excessive’ Appraiser Comp Requirements

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Appraisers have been the target of complaints since the fiscal crisis began in 2008. As a result, some lenders started requiring that appraisers provide as many as eight to 10 comparable transactions in their reports. Prior to the requirement, lenders generally required at least three comps on most residential appraisals. The National Association of Realtors… Continue Reading

Fed Report Examines Appraisal Processes

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The Government Accountability Office recently released a report examining real estate valuations in the wake of the recent mortgage crisis. The report, used data from Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and five of the biggest mortgage lenders. It revealed that valuations received through broker price opinions and automated valuation models take less time and are less… Continue Reading

Appraisal Institute and Appraisal Foundation Representatives Testify Today Before Congressional Committee

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Today at 10:00 am ET, representatives of the Appraisal Institute and the Appraisal Foundation will testify before the US House of Representatives, Committee on Financial Services, Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity. The topic of the hearing is “Appraisal Oversight: The Regulatory Impact on Consumers and Businesses.” The following link is to the hearing… Continue Reading

Appraisal Institute Advises US Sentencing Commission to Require Appraisals

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The Appraisal Institute urged the U.S. Sentencing Commission to require the use of real estate appraisals when calculating loss in mortgage fraud cases.  Section 1079A of the Dodd-Frank Act requires the U.S. Sentencing Commission to review and, if appropriate, to amend the federal sentencing guidelines applicable to mortgage fraud and financial institution fraud offenses and… Continue Reading

2012-2013 Edition of USPAP Now Available

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The Appraisal Foundation announced Oct. 13 that it has released its 2012-13 edition of the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice. “USPAP” includes a variety of standards of professional practice for all appraisal disciplines. The 2012-13 edition will become effective Jan. 1, 2012, and will be valid for two years. The new edition of USPAP… Continue Reading

Mortgage Delinquency Rate Falls, Foreclosure Inventory Rises

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According to Lender Processing Services – a data and analytics firm that tracks monthly statistics in its loan-level database of nearly 40 million mortgages – mortgage delinquencies fell slightly to 8.09 percent in September from August. The mortgage delinquency rate fell 0.5 percent from the previous month and was 12.7 percent lower than at the… Continue Reading