Industry Archive

Appraising Green Features in Residential Homes

Yesterday, RealtyTimes ran an article about a unique partnership between BP and Shea Homes. The joint initiative, called Victoria Gardens by Shea Homes, is part of the builder’s efforts to reducing the carbon footprint of its homes. The homes...
September 18, 2008

Is it time to push back?

With the recent carnage on Wall Street, one has to ask, is it time to push back? For the past decade or more we have watched as the mortgage industry has become more streamlined. We have come up with...
September 17, 2008

Facebook for Appraisers

For those of you who want the social interaction of Facebook without all the poking, status updates, and lame pictures of high-school friends, Appraisal Scoop has the answer. It’s called: The Appraiser’s WaterCooler This is a social networking forum...
September 12, 2008

Are Lenders Abandoning AMC’s?

In most of my discussions with appraisers who hate the HVCC, the conversation inevitably moves to AMC’s. They believe that the HVCC will push lenders to use AMC’s when hiring appraisers. This is something many appraisers find reprehensible, as...
September 11, 2008

NAR Responds to Fannie Freddie Conservatorship

Here is NAR’s Official Response to the Fannie Freddie Conservatorship: Q. What does this mean for Realtors and homebuyers? A. Through its actions, the federal government has sent a clear signal that the mission of the GSEs to provide...
September 10, 2008

Take A Load Off Fannie

Because Everyone Hates a Bailout:...
September 8, 2008

Time for Grassroots Change?

As we all know, appraisers are still feeling the pressure to meet numbers for lenders. The industry is taking a beating in many national and local publications – several of which were previously highlighted in this blog. So, what...
August 27, 2008

Increase Your Business by Doing Appraisals for FHA

The credit crisis is hurting all aspects of the real estate industry – including appraisers. Conventional mortgages are requiring bigger down payments again and subprime mortgage products are nearly impossible to find. One way for appraisers to expand their...
August 20, 2008

Enough Blame To Go Around

This is the text of a blog I wrote last fall. Sadly, things have gotten even worse since then. However, I stand by my original assertions–there is enough blame to go around. The vast majority of REALTORS and Appraisers...

Welcome to the Blog

Welcome to the Appraisal Insight blog. The goal of this blog is to keep you updated on current appraisal issues and to find out how they affect you. I will be one of the wrtiers of this blog. My...
August 18, 2008