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Barbecues, Beers, and Fireworks

Independence Day brings to mind barbecues, fireworks, parades, and baseball games. The sound of the national anthem roaring through a stadium, “O! Say does that Star-Spangled Banner yet wave.” What started as a poem about the bombardment of Fort McHenry in the Baltimore Harbor arose the national anthem of the United States of America. Being native to Maryland it is …

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Whats Next for the Ever-Changing Valuation Landscape

There have been many changes enacted that govern the business practices of real estate appraisals. In this ever changing valuation landscape, appraisers will benefit at Valuation Expo in Baltimore, MD with a continuing education session dedicated to addressing current and pending legislation. On July 12, 2016, Bruce Unangst, Executive Director, Louisiana Real Estate Commission will be speaking on the Regulatory …

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Enforcing a Violation for Nonpayment of C&R Fees

How Georgia Enforces a Violation by AMC’s for Nonpayment of “Customary and Reasonable” Fees to Residential Appraisers. I was appointed Georgia Real Estate Commissioner in January of 2011. As such, I am also CEO of the Georgia Real Estate Appraisers Board (hereafter “the Board”). After my appointment, I quickly became aware of a problem many residential appraisers were having with …

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Accurate Group Adds Experienced Banking Executive to Drive Further Revenue Growth in Real Estate Valuation Products

Leading provider of real estate appraisal, title and compliance services adds key talent to grow appraisal and valuation services market share CLEVELAND, OHIO – June 21, 2016 – Accurate Group, a leading provider of real estate appraisal, title and compliance services, today announced that it has hired former Huntington National Bank executive, Mike Kirk. Mike joined Accurate Group effective June …

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Wells Fargo goes big at Valuation Expo.

Meet the Wells Fargo’s team at Valuation Expo, July 11-13th, 2016. Rick Langdon, Chief Appraiser at Wells Fargo shared with us why he is so passionate about education and training. Rick has been an appraiser for 38 years and currently oversees a staff of 152 at Wells Fargo. Rick was the 2015 Valuation Visionary, nominated by his Collateral Risk Network …

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Building Our Future

This March The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) announced Dr. Robert (Rob) Dietz as their new Chief Economist. Dr. Dietz is responsible for NAHB’s forecasts of housing and economic trends, survey research and analysis of the home building industry and consumer preferences as well as microeconomic analysis of government policies that affect housing. Buzz: Thank you for taking the …

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A Letter to the Editor

A Letter to the Editor from Nanci L. Weissgold, Partner, Alston & Bird LLP. Hi Joan, As an consumer finance attorney who represents several appraisal management companies that do business in Virginia, I read with interest the recent article in Appraisal Buzz written by the Virginia Coalition of Appraisal Professions titled “Customary and Reasonable Fees, Empowered to Enforce”. My comments …

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The Uberization of the Appraisal Process

Are you ready for this? It will happen. I just never seem to get the timing right. But for now you are stuck with legacy systems that have certainly gummed up the works. I know a lot of folks would like to blame appraisers. I think it is entirely unfair to blame the technically backwards approach to an appraisal on …

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