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Seven Myths About Alternative Appraisal Valuations

We are hearing more and more about alternative valuation products such as desktop or computer assisted valuations, or “evalutions”.  It seems to be a taboo subject among appraisers, but we needn’t be fearful.  Here are seven common myths surrounding the subject of alternative valuation products: They are Not USPAP Compliant Actually, this is not a myth.  It is a fact. …

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Appraisal Review, A Sneak Peek

FIRREA, the Financial Institutions Reform Recovery Enforcement Act of 1989, Title XI, included the requirement for institutions engaging in federally related transactions to obtain an appraisal of the real estate asset to be used as collateral for the transaction. This requirement is found in §1110. Functions of Federal Financial Institutions Regulatory Agencies Relating to Appraisal Standards [12U.S.C. 3339] which states, …

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A Love Letter to Brad Pitt

This post was originally published on Appraisal Buzz December 18, 2015.  Here we are 8 years post housing finance crisis and it takes Brad Pitt to save the day. Everyone has battle fatigue from the mortgage debacle. Exhaustion and frayed nerves have now turned to apathy. Congress has failed to deliver a solution to the seemingly perpetual state of purgatory for …

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The 2016 National Appraiser Survey

It’s that time of year again and we are calling on all appraisers! Are you ready for the 2016 National Appraiser Survey? Our survey is the most widely read appraiser survey in the universe. It is sought after by clients, bank regulators, and state appraisal agencies. They are sincerely interested in learning what issues are important to you. They too …

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The 2015 AMC Directory is Available Now

It’s that time of year Appraisal Buzz Subscribers! Are you ready for your free copy of the 2015 AMC Directory? The new directory recently became active on the Buzz site, and it’s better than ever. Our AMC Directory features some new faces this year. Whereas last year we had a total number of 450 companies, this year that number has …

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The Truth About Working With AMCs

As everyone in the business knows, there is a stigma regarding the relationship between appraisers and AMCs. Change can be difficult but appraisers are hard at work adapting and learning to accommodate a changing landscape that includes AMCs. New to the catalog of webinars that Allterra Online offers is a ‘how to’ guide on developing a positive and successful working …

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Ten Mobile Apps for Appraisers

Like many of you, I carry a smartphone wherever I go.  I happen to be partial to Apple, but I have also used Android with success.  In today’s world, smartphone technology is almost essential for a highly productive appraiser.  In addition to phone calls, a smartphone can make your life much easier with the use of applications (apps) designed to …

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