22nd July 2011

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Opens

Washington – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) hit the ground running this week, launching functions and issuing a variety of required rules and reports that represent important steps in making the CFPB operational and effective from the start.

“Two years ago, the consumer agency was just barely an idea. A year ago it became law. And this week, the CFPB will open its doors and begin to make a difference in the marketplace,” said Elizabeth Warren, Special Advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury on the CFPB. “This agency is ready to be a cop on the beat for American families – and I couldn’t be prouder.”

…continue reading the rest of this post: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Opens

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22nd July 2011

Appraisal Management Companies & Non-AMC Work

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22nd July 2011

The Busy Appraiser Podcast – 11

I share my thoughts on the appraisal industry. Low paying appraisal management companies and the appraisers that do appraisals for extremely low fees.

I talk briefly on the consumer finance protection bureau.

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Make sure to sign up to the appraisal marketing system if you haven’t yet.


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Thanks again!

Bryan Knowlton

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21st July 2011

Last minute changes for the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau

The House voted Today to change how the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is managed by passing legislation to install a five-member oversight panel to run the new agency instead of a single director.

The 241-173 vote – which came on the one-year anniversary of the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill will make it easier to overturn regulations imposed by the bureau.

That doesn’t sound like a very good solution, but I guess we will have to see at this point.

Congressional Republicans were happy with the prospect of the five-member commission stating one director is too powerful and not accountable.

…continue reading the rest of this post: Last minute changes for the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau

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21st July 2011

Appraisal Institute testifies before a Congressional subcommittee RE: C&R

Sara W. Stephens, MAI, Appraisal Institute’s president-elect, addressed the House Financial Services’ Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity that the Dodd-Frank Act passed by Congress last year is not being properly implemented by federal regulators in regards to C&R.

One provision within Dodd-Frank calls on appraisal management companies to pay “customary and reasonable” fees to real estate appraisers.

Unfortunately, the Federal Reserve’s Interim Final Rule is not faithful to Congressional intent. The Appraisal Institute thinks Congress’ intent was right on target. We urge Congress to guide the regulators’ aim, directing them to correct the Interim Final Rule to promote credibility over speed and cost.

…continue reading the rest of this post: Appraisal Institute testifies before a Congressional subcommittee RE: C&R

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20th July 2011

Consumers and Appraisers – Grab your ankles : Filibuster in progress

The senate is in charge and are holding up any nominee to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Mike Konzal states

What are the strengths of the way the CFPB is structured in the Dodd-Frank Act? There are many, especially the consolidation of consumer regulation and focus on research. But three structural strengths stand out: it has a single director, there’s been careful attention paid to its budgeting process and it is just like other regulators in terms of accountability but with focus on consumer protection as its primary goal. These three parts of the CFPB were carefully planned, designed and fought for.

….[Those three] major strengths — a director, funding and accountability with a focus on consumer protection — are exactly what the Republicans want to dismantle. No doubt they are trying to stall and annoy the implementation of Dodd-Frank and prevent the CFPB from doing all its work — of course they are — but if there were three critical points where they could significantly weaken what the CFPB can do, these would be those three.

They are essentially violating their oath of office by promising to keep anyone from running the agency unless some changes are made.

So what does this mean to appraisers?

Nothing new and nothing being done about the ‘Customary and Reasonable Fee” provision enacted by Dodd-Frank.

As usual we are in another waiting game with our hands tied.

Troutman Sanders of the CFPB team stated

The appraiser fee and independence provisions contained in Dodd-Frank were designed to address concerns that lenders were using less expensive appraisal management companies (“AMCs”) hired or owned by lenders at the expense of independent, high-quality appraisals. As a result, AMCs may be a regulatory target of the CFPB after the Bureau’s July 21, 2011 transfer date.

The Bureau will assume rulemaking and enforcement authority for Dodd Frank’s appraisal fee provisions after July 21st. Notably, the CFPB will be enforcing Dodd-Frank’s penalties for lenders violating appraiser independence standards which are currently $10,000 a day for the first violation and $20,000 a day for each additional violation.

Again, I urge you to get involved. Stay up to date with the news and join your local appraiser coalitions! Contact your state licensing agency, congress and other regulators. Only together can we win this battle against the appraisal management companies that are destroying our industry.

Bryan Knowlton
California Real Estate Appraiser

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