Wednesday , 6 January 2021

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Investing in the Future of Appraising

What a year! By all accounts, residential appraisers are as busy as they have ever been. In fact, the MBA’s most recent 2020 forecast estimates over $3.18 trillion in new originations this year, making 2020 the second biggest origination year in history – only topped by 2003. This record demand for mortgages is driving a record demand for appraisals. With …

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Author-Appraiser Jeremy Bagott talks Junkets, Petitions, and the Need for Clawbacks

Jeremy was a fascinating interview. I’d go so far to say the most articulate on this given topic: appraisal regulations. Who would expect such an animated interview on the driest of topics? His 2020 book, “Dispatches from the Cosmic Cobra Breeding Farm,” has sounded a clarion call – a throw down if you will. He exhorts appraisers to become activists. …

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Is it Time to Switch to an Independent Software Provider?

Appraisers tend to stick with what they know best, but what if what they’re using isn’t actually the best? Many appraisers are still using the same technology as they were five, even ten, years ago! Join us on October 22 at 2 pm EDT for your chance to learn about the most advanced appraisal software suite on the market today …

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Examining Our Profession Through a Sharper Lens

Times Have Changed Appraisers no longer need to drop film off to be developed and then glue photos into their reports because of advances in digital imaging technology. We no longer need to run a tape measure through bushes and mud because technology has provided laser measuring devices. We also don’t need to print our reports and drop them off …

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Covid-19 – Appraisers Taking Precautions

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, local, state, and national leaders have issued mandates for closures of non-essential businesses, schools, and large group assemblies. Many companies have moved to work-from-home models and enacted social distancing protocols. A new world has emerged for business where the prevention of the spread of Covid-19 is a main priority and social distancing is …

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Random Thoughts of an Appraiser

Here at Appraisal Buzz, we typically have entire articles dedicated to specific hot topics within the appraisal industry. We love hearing from experts in the field about what’s going on and what they think about it all. There are plenty of times where appraisers have collectively had thoughts or concepts that can be communicated and/or questioned within a sentence and …

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Freddie Mac Guidelines Due to Covid-19

The Covid-19 Pandemic has impacted each of us in its own way. Plenty of change is happening in the appraisal industry during this time, and more recently, with Freddie Mac. With new policies and ongoing policy adjustments, there can be confusion among those who are most impacted: the appraiser. We sat down with Scott Reuter, Chief Appraiser and Director of …

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Fun with Fannie, Freddie, and Friends

Our Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs), Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, have offices located “just across the river” from each other. The Potomac may be getting wider. The GSEs have been effectively owned by the public since the “great recession,” where public dollars bailed out these institutions. Will this change soon? We have changes: In regulation, forms, ownership, and business models. …

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