Appraisal Management Company Archive

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...

NAR Calls for Ban on AMC Indemnification Clauses

On August 11, 2011, National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) President Ron Phipps sent a letter to federal regulators calling for a ban on the use of indemnification clauses used by appraisal management companies (AMCs). The letter was sent to...

State AMC Legislation Should Include Language Prohibiting Indemnification

With the passage of Dodd-Frank many states are working to enact legislation that requires appraisal management companies (AMC) to register with the appropriate state regulatory body. While many states have already passed AMC legislation other states are trying to...

MI Realtors Purchase AMC

The Michigan Association of REALTORS® (MIR) announced last week that the organization purchased an appraisal management company (AMC).  The state association acquired Midwest AMG, which will serve as a wholly owned, for-profit subsidiary.  According to MIR, “[t]his means in...

Here’s What You Need to Know About HR 4173

As you surely know by know, the President recently signed into law the Frank-Dodd Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (HR 4173).  Title XIV of the legislation, the Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act, has significant appraisal reforms...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...