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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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