The Foundation Wants You!

The Appraisal Foundation’s (TAF) Appraisal Practices Board (APB) put out a call for subject matter experts (SME) on the valuation of green buildings. According to the release, the SME panel will “research and cite all pertinent sources of existing...
March 21, 2012

8 Ways to Boost Your Home Appraisal

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NAR Comments to CFPB on TILA or Fed Redux

This week, NAR submitted comments to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) proposed rule amending Truth in Lending (Regulation Z) per Dodd-Frank. Much of this proposed rule looks familiar to you because CFPB is really just republishing regulations and...
February 24, 2012

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

Administration Plan to Help Homeowners – The Valuation Side

Last week the Obama Administration unveiled its plan to help homeowners refinance to take advantage of historically-low interest rates. We are going to focus on the valuation side of the plan. If you want the rest of the details...
February 6, 2012

GAO Report on ASC Hits the Street

Yesterday, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) released their report on real estate appraisals “Appraisal Subcommittee Needs to Improve Monitoring Procedures” as required per Dodd-Frank. GAO was tasked with 1) determining how the Appraisal Subcommittee (ASC) is carrying out...
January 19, 2012

Start 2012 with FHA Training

Happy New Year everybody! The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) is offering appraisal training later this month and early next month. The January training is a Webinar so you can participate from anywhere. The February training is in Denver, CO...
January 4, 2012

Your UMDP & UAD Update

Government sponsored enterprises (GSE), Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are reminding interested parties that December 1, 2011, is a pretty important date for the Uniform Mortgage Data Program (UMDP). Going foward, Uniform Loan Delivery Dataset (ULDD) data points must...
November 30, 2011

A Magical Review of NAR’s Annual Meetings

Earlier this month, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) held its Annual Convention in Anaheim, California. While your friends at Appraisal Insight spent a fair amount of time at Space Mountain and mingling with Mickey and friends we also...
November 21, 2011

No Appraisal Required Under New HARP

Today the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced changes to the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) to “attract more eligible borrowers who can benefit from refinancing their home mortgage.” The announcement was made in conjunction with the government sponsored...
October 24, 2011