How to Make a Profession Disappear

We are fairly near the end of the continuing education cycle for appraisers in my home state of Pennsylvania. Among other topics, I’ve been presenting changes to laws and regulations, which include the new Appraisal Qualifications Board (AQB) standards that...
February 15, 2013

Free Market, Liability, and Greening an MLS

In the world of residential valuation, a green-built, energy-efficient, or high-performance new home or retrofit is essentially invisible to the consumer if the MLS doesn’t support green fields (i.e., fields in the MLS data form that enable the listing...

The Appraisal Foundation Seeks Candidates for Appraisal Practices Board

Washington, DC–The Appraisal Foundation has begun its annual search for qualified candidates to serve on the Appraisal Practices Board (APB). Completed applications for these vacancies must be received by April 2, 2013. There are four vacancies on the APB....
January 28, 2013

Interested in Contributing to NAR’s Appraisal Insight Blog?

The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) is looking for NAR members who are appraisal/valuation experts to write regularly for the Appraisal Insight Blog, to increase discussion of appraisal /valuation issues.  If you are interested in writing for the blog, please...
December 20, 2012

NAR Testifies Before House Subcommittee on Appraisal Issues

On June 28, 2012, Frank Gregoire testified before the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity on behalf of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). Mr. Gregoire is an appraiser member of NAR and two-time Chair...

NAR to Testify at Appraisal Oversight Hearings

Frank Gregoire, a a state-certified residential appraiser in Florida, will testify on behalf of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) before the House Financial Services Committee’s Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity Subcommittee on Thursday, June 28th. The hearing will...

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...

Foundation Seeking Candidates for ASB, AQB

The Appraisal Foundation (TAF) is looking for qualified candidates to serve on the Appraiser Qualifications Board (AQB) and the Appraisal Standards Board (ASB).  Applications for these vacancies are due August 1, 2012. There is one vacancy on each board.  Persons...

Appraisals in Declining and Recovering Markets

When a motivated buyer and a motivated seller agree to a price that is value. While commonly stated in the real estate industry it is not always true. It is not true even when there are multiple offers at...

UCDP in Full Effect

Just a reminder for those not paying attention at home. The Uniform Collateral Data Portal (UCDP) is now in effect. Here is the announcement from Freddie Mac: “The March 19 UCDP effective date is here. You must submit an...
March 29, 2012