Appraisal & Valuation Archive

Does AMC Survey Shed Light on “Propoganda”?

The Maryland-based Coester Appraisal Group recently released its annual survey on appraisal management companies (AMC).  According to AppraisalNEWSCAST.com (the Coester blog), the survey sheds light on industry propaganda.  “After further analysis of the data from the Annual Coester Appraisal...

Freddie Mac AVM to Assist with Appraisal Reviews

Freddie Mac announced that starting February 28, 2010, Home Value Explorer (HVE) will assist lenders in reviewing appraisals.  Loan Prospector will provide a point value estimate for the property address from HVE, which is Freddie’s AVM.  The use of...

How Lenders Work Within New FHA Appraisal Rules

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) implemented new appraisal rules yesterday.  Mortgagee Letter 2009-28 focuses on appraiser independence and Mortgagee Letter 2009-51 focuses on the Appraisal Update and/or Completion Report.  As AppraisalInsight reported, the rules were originally to be implemented...
February 16, 2010

Appraisers Hinder ROI on Green Retrofits

Improving the energy efficiency of one’s home is beneficial for a variety of reasons but one may not include improving the home’s value.  Most agree that energy retrofits are good for the environment and save homeowners on utility bills...
February 5, 2010

AMC Reaches Goal, Drives Down Turnaround Times

Coester Appraisal Group, an appraisal management company (AMC) based in Gaithersburg, MD surpassed its goal of averaging less than 4 days total turnaround on appraisals nationally for two consecutive months. According to reports the firm averaged 3 days,19 hours,...
January 12, 2010

Appraisal Foundation FAQs

2010-01: ETHICS RULE – CONDUCT Question: If I have appraised a property multiple times within the previous three years, do I have to disclose the number of appraisal services? (e.g., “I have appraised the subject property three times during...
January 8, 2010

FHA Delays Implementation of Appraisal Rules

On December 23, 2009, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced the enactment of two appraisal Mortgagee Letters (ML) will be delayed until February 15, 2010. ML 2009-28, Appraiser Independence, prohibits mortgage brokers and commission-based lending staff from ordering the...
December 23, 2009

HVCC Update – from Boston, MA

Sam Schneiderman writes in Boston.com on his opinion of the Home Valuation Code of Conduct (HVCC) six months after it was implemented. In his review, Mr. Schneiderman discusses many of the concerns expressed by the National Association of Realtors...
December 1, 2009

FHA Removes Second Appraisal Requirement

On Saturday, November 14, 2009, FHA Commissioner Dave Stevens spoke before a group of Realtors at the NAR annual convention in San Diego, CA. During the speech, the Commissioner noted that FHA, based on input from NAR, would soon...
November 19, 2009

Home Builders Blame Appraisals for Lost Sales

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) sentiment index is at 17 this month. While MarketWatch reports that this means the sector is lacking forward momentum, at least some of the blame is being placed on the shoulders of...
November 17, 2009