Author Archive

Cuomo Suit Allowed to Move Forward

Yesterday, Reuters reported that the New York State Attorney General’s Office (NY AG) may proceed with its case against First American.  You may recall that First American’s appraisal management company (AMC), eAppraiseIT was accused of “having ‘caved’ to pressure...

APB Members Named

In a press release today The Appraisal Foundation announced the members of the newly created Appraisal Practices Board (APB).  According to the Foundation, the APB “is responsible for issuing Valuation Recognized Methods and Techniques which are intended to provide...
June 1, 2010

Take the $10,000 Challenge

No, this offer is not for appraisers.  This offer is for lenders interested in working with the ironically-named appraisal management company (AMC) InHouse. InHouse is the best AMC in the industry – just ask them, they’ll tell you.  “InHouse...

FHFA, GSEs Unveil Uniform Mortgage Data Program

Yesterday, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced a new initiative by the government sponsored enterprises (GSE) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.  The Uniform Mortgage Data Program is a joint effort to create uniform data standards and collection processes. ...
May 25, 2010

FHFA Kills IVPI, Announces Complaint Process

In a letter to New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) Interim Director, Ed DeMarco, announced that the Independent Valuation Protection Institute (IVPI) will not be implemented by Fannie Mae and Freddie mac.  The...

A Personal Appraisal Experience

Just a brief note to share a recent experience with the appraisal process.  We are going through a full documentation refinance that requires an appraisal. First, the appraiser contacts us to schedule the appointment.  During the call he asks...

It’s Greenday

On this Earth Day we choose to play Peacemaker and take a break from the “he said-she said” that is going on between appraisers and real estate agents.  We’ll pretend today we’re all in this together and focus on...
April 22, 2010

NAR Calls for Implementation of IVPI

On April 6, 2010, the National Association of REALTORS (NAR)® President Vicki Cox Golder sent a letter to Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Interim Director Edward J. DeMarco asking that the government sponsored enterprises (GSEs), Fannie Mae and Freddie...

FHA Appraisal Update

HUD has updated the FAQs on appraiser independence stating that the appraisal report cannot be in the name of a broker and allowing the broker to order the appraisal from a AMC (but not multiple AMCs) and allowing a...

CE Course Available: ABC’s of the Appraisal Business

The new “ABC’s of the Appraisal Business” is designed to inform students of changes occurring in the appraisal industry that are impacting their day to day business.  Recent events have created a generational change in the appraisal industry.  These...