8th May 2018

FHFA Working Paper Compares AMC, Non-AMC Appraisals

The FHFA has released a new paper, authored by Jessica Shui and Shriya Murthy, that examines how appraisals conducted by appraisal management companies compare to those conducted by lenders themselves. What’s the verdict? According to the FHFA paper, “the results indicate no clear evidence of any systematic quality differences between appraisals associated and unassociated with AMCs.” In other words, the FHFA data suggests that the appraisal results provided by AMCs are statistically very similar to those provided by lenders working without a middleman. …continue reading the rest of this post: FHFA Working Paper Compares AMC, Non-AMC Appraisals

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7th May 2018

The Appraisal Subcommittee Denies Bank’s Request for Appraisal Waiver

The Appraisal Subcommittee unanimously rejected a temporary waiver request from TriStar Bank of Dickson, Tennessee, during a special meeting April 23 in Washington. The Appraisal Institute led industry efforts opposing the bank’s request for a waiver of certification requirements, which would have allowed appraisals to be completed by non-certified appraisers. …continue reading the rest of this post: The Appraisal Subcommittee Denies Bank’s Request for Appraisal Waiver

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5th May 2018

Appraisals are not required for commercial real estate transactions from $250,000 to $500,000

Federal Agencies Approve Rule Doubling Appraisal Threshold for CRE

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation on March 20 approved a final rule that will double the appraisal threshold for commercial real estate transactions. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System are expected to adopt the rule soon.

The federal banking regulatory agencies maintained the $250,000 threshold level for one- to four-unit single family residential loans. They also maintained the $1 million threshold level for business (owner occupied commercial real estate) loans. …continue reading the rest of this post: Appraisals are not required for commercial real estate transactions from $250,000 to $500,000

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1st May 2018

Transitioning Into Non-Lender Work

Seasoned appraiser Philip G. Spool discusses the differences between working for AMCs and lenders compared to working for non-lenders.

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Transitioning Into Non-Lender Work

By Phil Spool, ASA

I am fortunate that all of my appraisal work is for non-lenders. I gave up assignments for lenders around 10 years ago and have never looked back. I would say the bulk of my appraisal assignments are from sellers, buyers, Realtors®, attorneys (usually for litigation) and accountants (usually for estate planning).

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30th April 2018

AI Releases 2017 Annual Report

AI Releases 2017 Annual Report
The Appraisal Institute on April 18 announced that its 2017 Annual Report is now available. The report highlights AI’s accomplishments during the previous year in education, professional services, international activities, government relations, meetings, financial performance, professional practice and other areas.

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23rd April 2018

Appraiser Qualifications Board (AQB) will hold a Public Meeting on May 4, 2018

Appraiser Qualifications Board

Public Meeting

Seattle, WA – May 4, 2018

9:00 am – 12:00 pm PDT

The Appraiser Qualifications Board (AQB) will hold a Public Meeting on May 4, 2018, in Seattle, WA. The meeting will focus on implementation of changes to the Real Property Appraiser Qualification Criteria that were adopted on February 1, 2018, and become effective May 1, 2018. All are encouraged to attend the meeting in person or watch remotely via live stream.

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23rd April 2018

Immediate need for appraisers in Ohio and Texas

 

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20th April 2018

CoreLogic buys a la mode

CoreLogic, a property information, analytics and data-enabled services provider, announced Thursday that it acquired a la mode technologies.

a la mode provides subscription based software solutions to more than 40,000 appraiser professionals across the U.S. The software solutions provided by the company facilitate the aggregation of data, imagery and photographs in a GSE-compliant format for the completion of residential appraisals. …continue reading the rest of this post: CoreLogic buys a la mode

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20th April 2018

Appraisal Institute Requests Appraisal Standards Board to Rework Q&As

Appraisal Institute Requests Appraisal Standards Board to Rework Q&As

The Appraisal Institute in an April 13 letter to the Appraisal Standards Board formally requested changes to or the retraction of Q&A 2018-12, Employing an Extraordinary Assumption when a Client Provides Inspection Data andQ&A 2018-13, Appraisal Reporting — Certifications and Signatures.

The Q&A 2018-12 originally was released this past January but retracted by the ASB shortly thereafter to clarify information and interpretations. It was re-released March 29, the same day that Q&A 2018-13 was released.

The Appraisal Institute’s Professional Standards and Guidance Committee expressed concern that the Q&As may be amending Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice definitions and creating new requirements rather than interpreting USPAP itself. This situation could potentially expose appraisers and others to unnecessary liability. …continue reading the rest of this post: Appraisal Institute Requests Appraisal Standards Board to Rework Q&As

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1st April 2018

Podcast: How the Appraiser Shortage Harms Rural Communities and Young Farmers

The latest episode of the ABA Banking Journal Podcast tackles the shortage of qualified appraisers — especially in rural areas, where lenders are seeing delays of several months in getting appraisals for commercial real estate and agricultural transactions. Shan Hanes, president and CEO of Heartland Tri-State Bank in Elkhart, Kan., discusses how high demand for appraisals from only five or six appraisers in his area means that his clients face long waits. “I haven’t seen one done in less than 90 days for several years,” he says. In addition to the opportunity cost of delayed investment, he explains, it also harms younger agricultural borrowers. Sellers might sell for a lower price to “an older farmer who’s got the cash,” Hanes says, while young and beginning farmers with greater credit needs get left out while waiting on an appraisal.

The barriers to entry of occupational licensing as a potential new appraiser are also draining talent out of rural communities, Hanes notes. He shares a story of a young family farmer in his area who wanted to supplement his farm income as an appraiser but could not persuade any local appraisers to take him on as a trainee. The result, Hanes said, was that the young man accepted a job in seed sales that took him out his home area — continuing the rural exodus.

ABA’s Sharon Whitaker outlines some of the efforts the American Bankers Association has taken to address the appraiser shortage and minimize its negative effects, including successful advocacy for the Appraisal Qualifications Board to reduce the minimum requirements in a way that does not affect appraisal quality but lowers barriers for new appraisers to join the field. Whitaker also discusses a pending proposal by the banking agencies to raise the de minimis threshold for commercial transactions not requiring an appraisal from $250,000 to $400,000 — an approach ABA supports.

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Podcast: How the Appraiser Shortage Harms Rural Communities and Young Farmers

 

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