Home Valuation Code of Conduct 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...

Blame the Appraisers

Interesting story from Fox Business blaming appraisers for current challenges in the housing market.  We’re certain there’s a fact somewhere in this story but we couldn’t find it....

Federal Reserve Board Issues Appraiser Independence Regs

Yesterday, the Federal Reserve Board released an interim final rule on appraiser independence.  The much-anticipated interim final rule is required by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Public Law 111-203).  In their release, the Fed states...
October 19, 2010

Mortgage Brokers Left Out of Process in New Appraisal Code

The Frank-Dodd Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act sunsets the Home Valuation Code of Conduct (HVCC).  The Code is set to sunset upon promulgation of new appraisal independence requirements due out in October. In a recent announcement by...
September 21, 2010

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...

Fannie Mae Announcement Addresses Several NAR Appraisal Concerns

Fannie Mae’s Selling Guide Updates and Additional Guidance on Appraisal-Related Policies, Announcement SEL-2010-09, addresses many concerns raised by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) regarding the Home Valuation Code of Conduct (HVCC) and the appraisal policies of the government...
July 9, 2010

House Offer Includes Sunset of HVCC

In an announcement yesterday, Chairman Frank released the House Offer on the financial reform overhaul bill.  Language in the offer includes consumer protection, risk retention, mortgage reform and anti-predatory lending. The proposed amendment for Title XIV includes the provision...
June 22, 2010

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...

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...
May 20, 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...