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Ignorance Isn’t Bliss: Understanding an Investigation by a State Appraiser Regulatory Board or Agency

As we gear up for Valuation Expo, October 1st-3rd, we are excited to welcome many new continuing education courses. One being a premier course, Ignorance Isn’t Bliss: Understanding an Investigation by a State Appraiser Regulatory Board or Agency by the Appraisal Institute, developed and instructed by Craig Steinley SRA, AI-RRS, of Steinley Real Estate Appraisals. This 4-hour seminar (CE approved) …

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Commentary on the the U.S. Appraisal Market – Change is Coming

This article was first published in the Harbor View Advisors. The Appraisal world is under intensifying pressure that will likely accelerate the pace of M&A consolidation.  We see the new “registry” component of the Dodd Frank rollback as another potential catalyst for consolidation in the fragmented appraiser and Appraisal Management Company (“AMC”) arenas.  In this note we highlight where the market …

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Fannie Mae Helps Build Stronger Communication

The valuation industry has many working parts, without clear communication and help from lenders, real estate agents, AMC’s and your client – the appraisal process can become very challenging. Fannie Mae is seeking to improve the profession through the Fannie Mae, Appraiser Page. The page focuses on resources that can assist the appraiser when trying to solve a problem, tutorials to …

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The Dangers of Using MLS Photos in Your Appraisal

New technology continues to break ground in the valuation industry. With time, we are finding a majority of these programs assist the appraisers and make their job easier. Like anything new, there is always hesitation. But adapting to new technology is key to helping one grow in the profession. A unique app was recently launched to help appraisers receive on-demand, …

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The Valuation Industry Makes Strides for Veterans

John Bell, Deputy Director of Loan Guaranty Services at the VA has made numerous improvements for Veterans pursuing the American dream of homeownership. The system may not be perfect but the VA is working diligently to better the process for everyone involved. Buzz: John, thank you for taking the time to join us today. I understand that you are currently the …

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Collaboration vs Confrontation

This article was first published in the latest edition of the Appraisal Buzz Magazine. Subscribe now to never miss an edition. Certainly, a conflicted feeling exists when it comes to real estate agents and appraisers. Recently, I attended a networking event, hosted by a local real estate brokerage. Being as sociable as possible, I introduced myself to a few real estate …

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Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, It is Time for New Forms!

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac made an industry changing announcement regarding the updates of the Uniform Appraisal Dataset and uniform appraisal reporting forms on May 22nd.  According to Fannie Mae, they hope the new forms will align with the industry-standard MISMO Reference Model Version 3.X and overhaul the uniform appraisal forms to establish a more flexible, dynamic structure for appraisal …

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