Appraisers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The United States Tax Court recently issued an opinion that contains valuable lessons for any forum. Real estate valuation litigation regularly occurs in the Tax Court.

In Boltar LLC v. Commissioner, the Tax Court granted the government’s motion to strike the taxpayer’s appraisal because it was “unrealiable and irrelevant.” In that case, the IRS and