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Think Outside the Form

We are seeking the feedback of appraisers in our survey to inspire thought about updating UAD and a reimagined appraisal process. Join us for a “Think Outside the Form” discussion in Las Vegas at Valuation Expo. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will lead audience polling to start a conversation for an open exchange of ideas. This is an opportunity unlike …

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Blockchain and Smart Contracts: The Newest Challengers to Traditional Real Estate Transactions

One of the most exciting transformations being unleashed by the blockchain and smart contracts revolution is in real estate. Smart contracts, for those who don’t know, are self-executing if-then statements written in computer code. Smart contracts on a blockchain are transparent to anyone on the network, they are permanent and they allow for more accountability. It’s no secret that the …

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Fannie Mae Reports the 1004MC Will No Longer be Required

This article was first published in in the GeoData Plus Blog. On Monday, July 31st at the Annual Appraisal Institute event, Julie Jones from Fannie Mae announced that as part of Fannie Mae’s updated Selling Guide, the 1004MC will no longer be required.  While the Twittersphere wasn’t set ablaze with such breaking news, it certainly created a buzz in the …

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Transform the Form, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac UAD Joint Initiative

We rarely have the opportunity to interview Joan Trice, the founder of the Valuation Expo events (said tongue in cheek). This is a special announcement. One that only comes along every decade or so, and needs to come straight from the source! Buzz: Joan, what’s so important that you need to grab the preverbal microphone? Trice: As most everyone knows …

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New Labor Law Allows for Better Resources for Appraisers

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a new rule to the labor laws which will allow easier access to affordable health insurance plans for the self-employed, sole proprietors and their families.  The “Association Health Plan” (AHP) will merge the gap between coverage for small and large businesses. The new rule indicates two key changes… 1) Independent contractors, small companies …

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Your #1 Source for Appraiser News

Appraisal Buzz strives to provide you with the latest buzz for the appraisal industry. We continue our efforts as we prepare for the Seventh Edition of the Appraisal Buzz Magazine. This edition covers buzz-worthy topics such as Blockchain, Appraiser Independence, and information on Valuation Expo’s 15th Anniversary this October. As a resource for appraisers and other valuation professionals, it is …

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Price vs Value

This article first appeared on The Appraiser Coach Nobody can deny that there are a lot of issues plaguing the appraisal industry at the moment. I want to talk about one issue that I sometimes see: the incorrect usage of extremely important terms. Many real estate professionals use certain terms interchangeably, even when they have significantly different definitions. Appraisers, unfortunately, …

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Think Before You Jump

As the world progresses to a more tech-savvy universe, it has been predicted that robots will eventually take over many of the jobs humans do today. The job of the appraiser cannot be replaced by technology but that does not stop the growth of digital software programs designed to assist appraisers in their daily tasks. The goal of these programs …

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