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Never Had a Raise in 20 Years?

I hear it from various appraisers all the time, “We have not had a raise in 20 years! We are being paid the same amount per appraisal now as we were when I first started in this business.” The funny thing is that it is said as if appraisers have no ability to control their own prices. Ever hear of …

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State of the Industry Update

As many of you may be aware, I have been collaborating with Joan Trice, members of CRN, members of the National Appraisal Congress and the National Association of Appraisers to raise awareness of concerns relating to the future of the appraisal industry. In conversations with chief appraisers and senior management at various lenders and appraisal management companies, many are reporting …

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Let me tell you about Valuation Expo.

Three years ago I was new to the Valuation industry. Being a ‘newbie,’ I knew no one and the regulations and topics were all like a foreign language to me. I had no idea when I first started that I would be assisting with one of the best events in the industry, Valuation Expo. I know I may be a …

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Getting the Appraisal Fees You Are Owed

It seems like every few months there is news of another AMC shutting its doors and leaving appraisers unpaid for their appraisal services. I recently heard of yet another one in Washington State. Every time it happens, I send a frantic note to my office staff that sounds something like, “Will you check our database to see if this company …

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“Beware of the Undertoad”

It has been decades since I read the book, “The World According to Garp” but it still remains one of my all time favorite books. One of the messages in the book was “beware of the undertoad”. The “undertoad” was a child’s understanding of the unknown but dangerous forces that lie beneath the ocean waves. That is the cautionary tale …

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Collateral Risk Network Submits Comments to FFIEC

The Collateral Risk Network (CRN) was founded in late 2003 and is comprised of over 500 members of valuation experts who are focused on resolving the many challenges facing the valuation profession. In 2014 the CRN Council was established to leverage the considerable brain trust of the CRN. These valuation industry leaders have organized efforts to identify issues and develop …

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Housing Finance Reform: Step-by-Step

This article was originally published HERE. For more articles from Ed DeMarco or Milken Institute, you can visit milkeninstitute.org. Remarks as Prepared for Delivery to the Goldman Sachs Housing Finance Conference May 15, 2014 is the high-water mark to-date for housing finance reform legislation.  On that day, a bipartisan vote in the Senate Banking Committee approved the Crapo-Johnson bill, which would have wound down …

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Let’s have a big round of applause…

First of all, we’d like to thank all of our contestants who entered to win the Free Trip Giveaway for Valuation Expo. It is because of all of you that we are able to continue the success of Valuation Expo and provide opportunities for moments like this. So without further ado, lets meet our winner! A special congratulation goes to Jessica …

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