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NAR Testifies Before House Subcommittee on Appraisal Issues

On June 28, 2012, Frank Gregoire testified before the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity on behalf of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). Mr. Gregoire is an appraiser member of NAR and two-time Chair...

NAR to Testify at Appraisal Oversight Hearings

Frank Gregoire, a a state-certified residential appraiser in Florida, will testify on behalf of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) before the House Financial Services Committee’s Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity Subcommittee on Thursday, June 28th. The hearing will...

Midwest AMG on the Radio

Welcome Home Radio plays on KYNO940AM in Fresno, CA. This weekend they featured Marty Wagar from Midwest Appraisal Management Group. This AMC is a subsidiary of the Michigan Association of REALTORS. It also features a local appraiser. The reporter...

Foundation Seeking Candidates for ASB, AQB

The Appraisal Foundation (TAF) is looking for qualified candidates to serve on the Appraiser Qualifications Board (AQB) and the Appraisal Standards Board (ASB).  Applications for these vacancies are due August 1, 2012. There is one vacancy on each board.  Persons...

Appraisals in Declining and Recovering Markets

When a motivated buyer and a motivated seller agree to a price that is value. While commonly stated in the real estate industry it is not always true. It is not true even when there are multiple offers at...

UCDP in Full Effect

Just a reminder for those not paying attention at home. The Uniform Collateral Data Portal (UCDP) is now in effect. Here is the announcement from Freddie Mac: “The March 19 UCDP effective date is here. You must submit an...
March 29, 2012

The Foundation Wants You!

The Appraisal Foundation’s (TAF) Appraisal Practices Board (APB) put out a call for subject matter experts (SME) on the valuation of green buildings. According to the release, the SME panel will “research and cite all pertinent sources of existing...
March 21, 2012

8 Ways to Boost Your Home Appraisal

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March 12, 2012

NAR Comments to CFPB on TILA or Fed Redux

This week, NAR submitted comments to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) proposed rule amending Truth in Lending (Regulation Z) per Dodd-Frank. Much of this proposed rule looks familiar to you because CFPB is really just republishing regulations and...
February 24, 2012

NAR Adopts Broader Valuation Policy

The National Associaiton of REALTORS® (NAR) continues its holistic approach to valuing real property with the adoption of its Responsible Valuation Policy. The document is the culmination of NAR’s efforts to consider all methods of valuing real property. NAR...
February 16, 2012