Appraisal Management Company Archive

Freddie Notes Improvements since HVCC Implementation

The National Mortgage News is reporting that Freddie Mac is noting a “tangible improvement in the quality of appraisals of loans it buys” since having implemented the Home Valuation Code of Conduct (HVCC). The appraisals are compared against an...
October 20, 2009

FHA Appraisal Rules: Benefits of HVCC Without the Unintended Consequences?

National Mortgage News reports that the new Federal Housing Administration (FHA) appraisal rules may make HVCC – and appraisal management companies (AMC) – easier to cope with in the industry. While noting that the intent of HVCC was to...

NY Times Continues HVCC Assault

Last week, the New York Times published an article “In Appraisal Shift, Lenders Gain Power and Critics” (you can read excerpts at Appraisal Scoop). Yesterday, the Times ran with what could be read as a logical extension of the...
August 24, 2009

Latest on the Suspension of Taylor, Bean & Whitaker

Last week the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) suspended Taylor, Bean & Whitaker preventing the company from originating and underwriting FHA-insured mortgages. Additionally, Ginnie Mae defaulted and took over TBW’s mortgage backed securities program. Finally, TBW’s...
August 13, 2009

AMCs v. Direct Contact – It’s A Dead Heat

The Appraisal Institute reports on a finding by Global DMS that the number of lenders directly ordering appraisals is roughly the same as the number of lenders using AMCs. According to the report, AMCs may be suffering from client...

Early Reports Indicate HVCC Driving Up Fees

It started this past weekend with Ken Harney’s article in the Washington Post “New Appraisal Rules Come with Costs“. Mr. Harney reported that the cost of an appraisal for the consumer increased approximately $125 (from $325 to $450) as...

NAR Adopts Policy to Regulate AMCs at Midyear Legislative Meetings

On Saturday, May 16, 2009, the NAR Board of Directors adopted policy that supports the regulation of appraisal management companies, primarily through FIRREA and the existing appraisal regulatory infrastructure. NAR President Charles McMillan hinted at such a policy in...

Homebuyers Allege Inflated Sales; File Suit Against KB Homes, CountryWide

A group of homeowners in West Valley, AZ today filed suit against KB Homes and Countrywide contending the two conspired to inflate the selling price of homes during the peak of the housing market and even as prices began...

“You Get What You Pay For”

The Boston Globe Magazine has an interesting piece on appraisers. The article encourages consumers to closely monitor the appraisal process. While this is not a horrible idea, there is a fine line between asking an appraiser to consider new...
April 6, 2009

Cashing in on HVCC

At least one company is seeing the financial benefits of the upcoming implementation of the HVCC on May 1, 2009. SharperLending, LLC offers Appraisal Firewall, which is a secure, online technology tool that allows lenders and appraisers to maintain...