Wednesday , 20 January 2021

Appraisal Management

Client versus Intended User

A student in my USPAP Update class recently asked me, “I know I can discuss the report with the client, but I’ve talked about the report with other intended users, too. Isn’t that why they are an ‘intended user’?” Let’s take a look at this issue in a bit more depth, starting with the definitions of “client” and “intended user” …

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COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus

Walitt Solutions encourages appraisers, firms, vendor management companies, lenders, and other interested parties to continue to monitor changes and resources in the valuation industry related to the COVID-19 novel Coronavirus and impacts of the national emergency. Below are resources: Health Resources World Health Organization See WHO’s “Advice For Public” webpage. Centers For Disease Control and Prevention See CDC’s “Coronavirus COVID-19” …

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The Cost of Non-Compliance: Valuation Independence Training

Former Deputy U.S. Attorney General Paul McNulty famously said, “If you think compliance is expensive, try non-compliance.” In a recent introductions meeting with an appraisal management company, we discussed my performing an overall “health” exam of the company’s daily and back-office operations. Such a visit acts as a mock audit and endeavors to discover strengths, weaknesses, and priorities that need …

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Nothing New Under the Sun: the varied face of appraisal

In July 2019, I spoke to the Collateral Risk Network, a group of chief appraisers, risk managers, management companies, lenders, appraisers, regulators, and legal experts, at the Collateral Matters event in Reston, Virginia. My talk focused on Property Inspections, which – to an outsider – might seem to be a straight-forward topic. However, given current changes in the valuation space, …

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