Appraisal Buzz Staff

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ASA and NAIFA Move Forward with Merger Consideration

Independent Fee Appraiser

The American Society of Appraisers (ASA), and the National Association of Independent Fee Appraisers (NAIFA), have announced that they will move forward with a Memorandum of Understanding leading to a merger. The merger will create one of the largest networks of U.S. professional real estate appraisers. The Buzz staff reached out to Jim Hirt, Chief Executive Officer of ASA, to …

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Release of the 2017 AMC Directory

2017 AMC Directory

Finding the right Appraisal Management Company (AMC) to work with can be a daunting task. Allterra Group, publisher of the Appraisal Buzz, has recently released their new 2017 AMC Directory. Before you begin working with a new AMC, be sure to ask some important questions such as how long they have been in business, and find out more about their …

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Ed DeMarco to Lead FSR’s Housing Policy Council

Long-serving government leader brings expertise in housing policy, housing finance reform, and financial regulation at critical time in Washington WASHINGTON, D.C., April 11, 2017 – The Financial Services Roundtable (FSR) today announced former Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Acting Director Ed DeMarco will join FSR’s Housing Policy Council (HPC) as President effective June 1, 2017. “FSR is proud to welcome Ed …

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2017 Appraiser Trends Study by NAR

Appraisal Trends

There’s been a lot of talk within the industry about appraisals lately, especially on issues like turnaround times, higher and/or “rush fees,” and the challenge of bringing new appraisers into the profession. The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) just wrapped up a survey of appraisers to get their take and the results offer some fresh evidence on what’s driving this …

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Recap of Valuation Expo in Orlando, FL

Valuation Visionary 2017

Enjoying the Florida sun relaxing by the pool… nowhere else I rather be after finishing up a busy and event-filled three-day conference. Attendees are boasting that Valuation Expo in Orlando was one of our best events ever! The energy from the speakers combined with the introduction of some new polling technology made the panels interactive and exciting. And, it was …

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Challenges and Changes of a Real Estate Appraiser

Appraiser challenges

After being introduced to the profession by a good friend, Gary Crabtree, SRA thought he would give it a try. In 1962, he started working for Paramount Savings and Loan Association. The beginning wasn’t easy for him, he was working full-time and in the evening driving two hours each way to take courses from UCLA at night. In the end, …

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What Is Happening in Orlando?

Orlando Valuation Expo

While a quarter of the country is buried under snow and ice thanks to winter storm Stella, those appraisers that can get out will be headed to Orlando where the weather is supposed to be high 70s and sunny this week. Need some motivation to shovel out of the snow? How about 14 hours of continuing education, meeting new clients, …

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