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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The Ugly Truth About Appraisal Fees

Appraisal Fees

This article was originally posted here. For additional articles by Ryan Lundquist visit his website. I had a bad experience with an AMC recently and I want to share it. This is not because I’m wanting to rant or be negative, but only to highlight some of the ugliness that happens behind closed doors when it comes to appraisal fees during loans. …

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Process, Application, and Communication of Regression Modeling in Valuing Real Estate

Regression Models

This article was originally published here. For additional articles by Josh Walitt visit his website. Regression software has become more and more a part of developing real estate property value opinions. As a result, it is paramount to understand the differences in tools available, and the elements of the regression process that are necessary for the valuer to understand and to disclose …

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Making Appraisal Reform Part of Housing Finance Reform

Appraisal Reform

(Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of Appraisal Buzz Magazine) A new administration and Congress took office in January, renewing the hope for long-awaited housing finance reform. Such reform is the unfinished business from the financial crisis that began before the Obama administration took office. Today, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac remain in government conservatorships and American …

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Fraud Alert: Appraiser Identity Theft


The Office of Inspector General (OIG) at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) uncovered a series of cases of appraiser identity theft. The schemes varied but resulted from someone using the State certification number of a Federal Housing Administration (FHA) roster appraiser. The FHA roster appraiser was unaware of the misuse until it came to light, usually …

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We must take an active part in our profession


The role of the appraiser has always been to provide objective, impartial, and unbiased opinions about the characteristics and value of real property. However, with a broadening scope of work, and complexity of assignments that extend beyond past expectations, it is becoming more difficult for appraisers. On March 20th, Frank Gregoire will join a panel of other appraisal industry stakeholders …

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