3rd April 2013

April Fools Fallout

RE: Appraisal Management Company CEO interview – April Fools Joke

Hey Everyone, Fans, Appraisers and Haters.

My April 1st, 2013 (Aprils Fools Day) blog post that was a parody interview with fictitious AMC owners / CEO’s was not liked by all.

Although all the emails I received from appraisers stating they realized this was a joke, there was one AMC that threatened legal damage if the post remained up to readers.

Furthermore, I do believe in freedom of speech, but I do not have the time or money to fight this issue so I have decided to take the post down.

Next year I will produce a better ‘joke’ for us appraisers! I hope they don’t take me off their appraisal panel (new joke). 🙂

Take care,

Bryan Knowlton

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11th May 2012

Appraiser Blacklisting

Editor’s Note: Suspension Merry-Go-Round is reprinted from Working RE’s current print edition (click cover image at top left to access). Since the story published in February, Working RE has run two updates on blacklisting, Lender’s Choice: Violate USPAP or Blacklisted and Fighting Your Way Off a Blacklist. As you will read here, some relief is available thanks to AMC regulation passed in the state of California. AMC legislation is also working in other states guarantying timely payment to appraisers, prohibiting indemnification clauses and bolstering appraiser independence. Strong AMC legislation at the state level is in the best interests of every appraiser. As we learn in the three part webinar series Maintain Independence, Limit Liability, and Fight Influence, presented by Richard Hagar, SRA, many maladies appraisers suffer from these days are prohibited by state and/or federal regulation, including blacklisting without cause, lower than customary and reasonable fees and attempts to exert undue influence on an appraiser’s work product. About attempts to influence appraisers Hagar says, “Lenders and AMCs have two options, review the work and A) Accept it and fund the loan or B) Reject it based on a USPAP compliant review. Once rejected they must turn bad appraisers into the authorities and stop using that appraiser. But do not try to influence or instruct the appraiser. The ‘old’ banking ways are dead. Banks and appraisers better become educated on the change and FAST.”

Suspension Merry-Go-Round

By David Brauner, Editor

…continue reading the rest of this post: Appraiser Blacklisting

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8th September 2011

Certified General Appraisers Needed

Gill Group, Inc. is currently looking to hire full-time general certified appraisers for salaried positions. We are an extremely fast-growing national real estate valuation and market feasibility firm that offers competitive salary, 401k match, fully paid health insurance and opportunities for upward movement within the company. In addition to the salary and benefits we offer, we have also assisted many of our employees interested in obtaining their MAI designation with the training, experience and guidance needed to do so.

Our business opportunities are in all 50 of the United States, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, so the position will require nationwide travel (at our expense). There will be no need to relocate, as diversity in location of our employees accelerates our ability to grow with each new local market.

If interested, please send a copy of your resume, current state licensure, three professional references, your salary preferences and at least one commercial sample to Mitzie Seger, in our home office. She can be reached via email at mitzie.seger@gillgroup.com; (800) 428-3320; and P.O. Box 784, Dexter, MO 63841.

To learn more about our company, please visit our website: http://www.gillgroup.com. We look forward to hearing from you.

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