Valuation Archive

New Appraisal Tools Section on REALTOR.org/appraisal

NAR has added a new resource on the REALTOR.org/appraisal page called “Appraisal Tools.”  The Appraisal Tools page provides links to educational resources for real estate agents who want to educate clients about the appraisal process.  Links include NAR’s new...
April 10, 2014

The Right Way to Work with Appraisers

Kudos to Florida REALTOR® magazine for its substantive look at how to deal with appraisal issues that come up during a sale. The article quotes National Association of REALTORS® Real Estate Valuation Committee member Francois “Frank” Gregoire. Gregoire told...

NAR Adopts Broader Valuation Policy

The National Associaiton of REALTORS® (NAR) continues its holistic approach to valuing real property with the adoption of its Responsible Valuation Policy. The document is the culmination of NAR’s efforts to consider all methods of valuing real property. NAR...
February 16, 2012

Round 2 of the Heavyweight Fight: Calling in the Big Guns

On January, 16, 2009, we brought to you the valuation fight that is appraisals vs. broker price opinions (BPO).  Today we bring you Round 2 – and this time it’s personal.  Well, it’s not really personal but there is...
March 15, 2010

NAR Announces Realtors Property Resource

The National Association of REALTORS (NAR) recently announced the creation of the Realtors Property Resource (RPR). The online real estate library will catalog every property in the United States. This initiative will provide access to a national database of...
November 16, 2009

Texas Realtors Applaud Governor’s Call for Appraisal Reform

Texas Governor Rick Perry is calling for reform to the appraisal process in his state. Said the Governor “I say we give that [appraisal] system a dose of accountability, transparency and restraint.” According to the Texas Task Force on...
January 29, 2009

NYC Inflates Land Value of New Yankee Stadium

According to Wednesday’s New York Daily News, aides to Mayor Bloomberg put pressure on city tax assessors to inflate the value of land under the new Yankee Stadium to ensure the team qualified for $1 billion in tax-free bonds....
December 18, 2008

HVCC Agreement Coming….Eventually

Today the Federal Housing Finance Administration (FHFA) released its 2008 Performance and Accountability Report. The 186 page document had a couple of brief paragraphs on the infamous appraisal agreement between Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the NYS Attorney General...

Do Downpayment Assistance Programs Impact Appraisals?

Everybody is talking, rightfully so, about the big bailout agreement. It’s Main Street vs. Wall Street as some have stated polls showing 80 percent of the public is not in favor of the bailout. If you’re looking for a...
September 28, 2008

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