Features

Tax Reform and What to Expect

This article first appeared in Appraisal Buzz Magazine. Never miss out on the industry news! Subscribe here to receive your copy of the 2019 Appraisal Buzz Magazine. It’s been nine months since big new changes to the tax law were implemented, but the effects on the housing market in particular haven’t yet manifested. Why? There were three different changes to …

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Fannie Mae, Taking Steps Towards Change

Fannie Mae saw a need in the industry and took the necessary steps to accommodate those needs. By launching the MH Advantage program, Fannie Mae is hoping to give future homeowners another option. Rick Walker, Collateral Policy & Strategy Risk Manager with Fannie Mae sat down with us to give us a closer insight into the new program.  Buzz: Fannie Mae recently …

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Hybrid Appraisals

This article was first published in the Appraisal Buzz magazine. Subscribe now to receive your edition of the Appraisal Buzz Spring 2019 Magazine! Some love it, some detest it; nevertheless, change occurs. Over the last 10 years or so, the residential mortgage sector of the appraisal profession has changed significantly. And by most accounts, it appears poised to keep doing so. Frankly, it …

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Dare to Be Bold

The Valuation Expo team has a bold announcement that we are very excited to share with you. The keynote speaker for ValExpo in Chicago, March 19th will be Bethany McLean. Bethany will bring a dynamic spin to the conversations at Expo by sharing her knowledge and expertise in the housing market. Currently, Bethany is a journalist, editor, and columnist for …

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2019 Valuation Visionary

We are pleased to announce the Valuation Visionary award winner for 2019 is Paul Chandler, Founder & CEO of Property Sciences. Each year, the Collateral Risk Network presents the award in recognition of the person who demonstrates leadership, innovation, professionalism, and one who strives to better the industry for their peers. We will be presenting the award at Valuation Expo in Chicago, March …

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Industry Involvement Can Lead to Change

For many appraisers, they want to be a part of something bigger. They see the issues in the industry that need to be changed and seek ways to become more involved in their community. For Cristy Conolly, Senior Vice President of Quality Control and Compliance at Nationwide Appraisal Network – she saw the opportunity and jumped on it. Buzz: Cristy, …

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To Drive or Not To Drive?

This article was originally published on December 10, 2018. A correction has been made on December 13, 2018. The argument of using MLS photos or shooting your own photos has been debated by appraisers for the last few decades. You, as appraisers, want to be sure the comparables you are using are of the correct house and also look as …

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The Housing Slowdown Is Here—and These 10 Cities Are Getting Hit Hardest

This article first appeared in Realtor.com. Is the party really over? Over the last decade, the seemingly unstoppable growth of the American housing market has created a bonanza for sellers, a cutthroat environment for buyers, and an endless source of fascination for just about everyone else. It seemed to be an economic perpetual-motion machine. Could home prices in top markets …

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