19th January 2019

Clearbox Third Party Oversight Warning to appraisers

A few weeks ago, we cautioned both lenders and appraisers that with decreased volume, AMCs would be under financial stress. In spite of regulatory guidance to the contrary, lenders still believed they could outsource all risk to their third parties. The guidance has been clear: the use of third parties actually increases risk, not decreases it.

Just for a refresher, here is the OCC Bulletin that can be used as the basis for writing your policies. 

It would appear that the mere act of AMC registration at the state level has created a class of AMCs that, in some cases, are not real businesses. Minimum AMC requirements to register has proffered an air of legitimacy. And when States don’t audit for fundamental business activities, the public trust is violated.

The next 12 months are going to be messy.

Consumers are going to be trapped in many instances where appraisers will refuse to deliver reports based on past due invoices. Appraisers will be stuck once again for lack of third party oversight, mostly by nonbank lenders, and will be left with millions of dollars in unpaid invoices. Lenders lacking in basic understanding of compliance will find themselves at the center of the wrath of the blogosphere. That is headline risk. Tangible losses will occur when appraisers file complaints with state lending regulators against the lenders and also seek judgments in their local courts. My advice to lenders is to get out early on these issues and pay appraisers promptly.

Appraisers are in a very tough position. It is extremely difficult for appraisers to be in a position to properly vet the AMCs with whom they have no prior history. Proceed with caution. Look at the type of clients the AMC has, how long they have been in business, their payment history with others, and the terms and conditions of their payment schedules.

Be careful, folks.

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17th January 2019

Shutdown May Have Contributed to Sharp Drop in Mortgage Applications

Mortgage application volume fell nearly 10% during the final two weeks of 2018, despite the fact that mortgage rates continued to fall.

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey, total application volume decreased 9.8% on a seasonally adjusted basis during the two-week period ended December 28.

Applications for refinances fell 12% while applications for purchases decreased 8%.

On an unadjusted basis, total volume decreased 46%. Applications for purchases decreased 46% on an unadjusted basis and were down 6% compared with the same two-week period one year earlier.

The average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell to 4.84%, down from 4.86%.

“Mortgage applications fell over the past two weeks – even as the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage decreased to 4.84 percent, its lowest since September 2018,” says Joel Kan, associate vice president of economic and industry forecasting for the MBA, in a statement. “Investors continued to show a preference for safer U.S. Treasuries, as concerns over U.S. and global economic growth, along with uncertainty over the current government shutdown, drove rates lower.

“Even with lower borrowing costs, both purchase and refinance applications decreased over the two-week holiday period, as both conventional and government applications dropped,” he adds. “Part of the decline in mortgage applications was possibly because of the government shutdown, as concerns over delays in FHA application processing times likely contributed to the weakness in activity.” 

The refinance share of mortgage activity fell to 42.7% of total applications.

The adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) share of activity remained unchanged at 7.6%.

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15th January 2019

Please send comments regarding lowering appraisal threshold before 02/05/19

I urge you to send in comments to the government agencies that are considering lowering the appraisal threshold. This will get rid of 90% of current appraisal needs.  Talk about an industry killer.

You only have until 02/05/2019

Below is an article from the appraisal institute, I have added all the email addresses to the bottom of this post.
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve on Nov. 20 released a proposal to increase the threshold at which residential home loans require an appraisal to $400,000 from $250,000.
The rule would not apply to loans wholly or partially insured or guaranteed by, or eligible for sale to, a government agency or government-sponsored enterprise.
“The Appraisal Institute strongly objects to the FDIC’s proposal to raise residential appraisal thresholds,” said 2018 AI President James L. Murrett, MAI, SRA. “Congress just considered establishing a residential appraisal exemption and instead chose to enact a vastly different allowance involving appraisers in rural areas. This proposed rulemaking flies in the face of this action, and recreates the same type of environment that led to the housing crisis.
“By increasing the residential appraisal threshold from $250,000 to $400,000, FDIC would threaten the vital role that appraisers play in real estate transactions” said Murrett. “This action would undermine the crucial risk mitigation services that appraisers provide clients and users of appraisal services.
Murrett noted, “Raising the threshold means more evaluations will be allowed in place of appraisals. “The Appraisal Institute anticipates that will result in a return to the loan production-driven environment seen during the leadup to the financial crisis, where appraisal and risk management were thrust aside to make more – not better – loans. Apparently, the FDIC has learned nothing from that experience.
“Reducing regulations may seem to make sense initially, but the FDIC’s announcement raises significant safety and soundness concerns that the Appraisal Institute finds deeply disturbing,” Murrett said.
~ Note from Bryan @ Appraiser Income, we need to get involved, please send emails!!!!! I have included the emails below:
Please send comments:
ADDRESSES: Interested parties are encouraged to submit written comments jointly to all of the agencies. Commenters should use the title “Real Estate Appraisals” to facilitate the organization and distribution of comments among the agencies. Interested parties are invited to
submit written comments to:
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency: You may submit comments to the OCC by any of the methods set forth below. Commenters are encouraged to submit comments through the Federal eRulemaking Portal or e-mail, if possible. Please use the title “Real Estate Appraisals” to facilitate the organization and distribution of the comments. You may submit comments by any of the following methods:
  • E-mail: regs.comments@occ.treas.gov.  Include in subject line: “Docket ID OCC-2018-0038 and RIN 3064-AE87 – Real Estate Appraisals”
  • E-mail: regs.comments@federalreserve.gov. Include in subject line: “Docket ID OCC-2018-0038 and RIN 3064-AE87 – Real Estate Appraisals”
  • E-mail: Comments@FDIC.gov. Include in subject line: “Docket ID OCC-2018-0038 and RIN 3064-AE87 – Real Estate Appraisals”
you can cut and paste all of them below:

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13th January 2019

Hopefully Lower Rates will bring more appraisal orders!

Supporting Materials:Primary Mortgage Market Survey®PDF Version

MCLEAN, Va., Jan. 03, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Freddie Mac (OTCQB: FMCC) today released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing that the new year started with lower rates across the board. 

Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief economist, says, “Mortgage rates declined to start the new year with the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage dipping to 4.51 percent. Low mortgage rates combined with decelerating home price growth should get prospective homebuyers excited to buy. However, it will be interesting to see how the recent turmoil in the stock market will affect homebuying activity in the coming months.”

News Facts

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.51 percent with an average 0.5 point for the week ending January 3, 2019, down from last week when it averaged 4.55 percent. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.95 percent. 
  • 15-year FRM this week averaged 3.99 percent with an average 0.4 point, down from last week when it averaged 4.01 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 3.38 percent. 
  • 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 3.98 percent with an average 0.2 point, down from last week when it averaged 4.00 percent. A year ago at this time, the 5-year ARM averaged 3.45 percent.

Average commitment rates should be reported along with average fees and points to reflect the total upfront cost of obtaining the mortgage. Visit the following link for the Definitions. Borrowers may still pay closing costs which are not included in the survey.

Freddie Mac makes home possible for millions of families and individuals by providing mortgage capital to lenders. Since our creation by Congress in 1970, we’ve made housing more accessible and affordable for homebuyers and renters in communities nationwide. We are building a better housing finance system for homebuyers, renters, lenders, investors and taxpayers. Learn more at FreddieMac.com, Twitter @FreddieMac and Freddie Mac’s blog FreddieMac.com/blog.

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11th January 2019

Nominations for 2020 AI Vice President Due Feb. 8

The Appraisal Institute is seeking the names of AI professionals interested in serving as the organization’s 2020 vice president. The 2020 vice president will succeed to the office of president-elect in 2021, president in 2022 and immediate past president in 2023. 

The deadline for submission is Feb. 8. 

View the qualifications for 2020 vice president. Nominees cannot serve as a member of the National Nominating Committee at any time during the year in which their candidacy would be considered. This requirement does not preclude consideration for the office in future years. 

AI professionals wishing to serve or interested in recommending someone for the position should submit information in writing to: 

James L. Murrett, MAI, SRAChair, 2019 National Nominating Committeec/o Joan Barngrover

Appraisal Institute

200 W. Madison Avenue Suite 1500

Chicago, IL 60606 

Or email your recommendation to: jbarngrover@appraisalinstitute.org 

The National Nominating Committee is scheduled to meet in Chicago on May 6-8.

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11th January 2019

Shutdown Affects Appraisal Orders and Borrowers

The partial federal government shutdown is complicating the already complicated process of getting and managing a mortgage. For one thing, the political storm is like severe weather at a major airport: You can expect minor delays or worse. Also, it could mean financial hardship for some federal government employees facing mortgage payments without their regular paychecks.

Here’s how the shutdown is affecting appraisers and home buyers.

If you’re getting a Federal Housing Administration or Department of Veterans Affairs loan, it’s likely you can expect delays in the underwriting process, and it’s possible your closing date will be pushed back as well.

There’s good news for most FHA-qualified home buyers: Single-family FHA loans are being funded, even during the shutdown. FHA home equity conversion mortgages (known as reverse mortgages) and FHA Title I loans (financing for permanent property improvements and renovations) are the exception — and won’t be processed during the shutdown. The processing of VA loans will continue, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association, but you may have to wait.

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1st January 2019

NEW: Third Exposure Draft & Live Webinar

The Appraisal Standards Board has published the Third Exposure Draft of proposed changes for the 2020-21 edition of the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice(USPAP). The draft proposes a reporting model that reduces specificity without diminishing USPAP reporting requirements.Do you have a comment? Please send your opinion!
UPCOMING WEBINAR:Learn more about the proposed changes in the Third Exposure Draft in this live webinar with Wayne Miller, 2019 Chair of ASB, and John Brenan, Director of Appraisal Issues.January 10, 20191:00 PM ET
PUBLIC MEETING:Listen to discussions about the exposure draft proposals, and updates from The Appraisal Foundation, Appraiser Qualifications Board, and the Appraisal Subcommittee.
February 8, 20199:00 AM ET

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27th December 2018

NEW Non-Lender Marketing Guide

No More Middlemen

Have you noticed a significant decline of lender work over the past few months? Do you want to learn how to get more appraisal orders and finally get off the Appraisal Management Company roller coaster ride for good?

Like many appraisers I have seen a very significant decline in AMC orders over the past few months. I have been kicking myself in the butt for not getting started on my marketing to Attorneys, bail bond companies and credit unions prior to the interest rates going up.

Luckily I have a steady stream of attorney work that keeps me busy due to having a good contact management system in place and a steady client base of bail bond companies that refer their customers to me.

In this book I have detailed the steps that I take to create an inexpensive mailer to get more work from credit unions, attorneys and bail bond companies as well as the systems I use to continually get more referral work from all my past clients.

This is an incredible resource to those appraisers that are really looking to learn how do market your appraisal company and build up your client base so you don’t have to deal with seasonal and economic slow downs. This kind of work never goes away!

Possibly one of the most valuable aspects of this book is the spreadsheets that include:

9500+ Credit Unions
650+ Bail Bond Companies
350+ Direct Lenders

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Chapters Include:

  • Appraiser Marketing Plan
  • 2019 Industry Outlook
  • How To Use the Spreadsheets Included With This Book
  • Will Rising Interest Rates Affect Your Appraisal Business?
  • Getting Off The Appraisal Management Company Roller Coaster Ride for Good
  • How to Market to Attorneys, Bail Bond Companies, Direct Lenders and Credit Unions
  • Step-by-Step Instructions to Make a Postcard Mailer From Card Design to Mailing
  • How To Get Low Cost Mailing Lists Made Targeting Local Divorce and Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Tested Methods on How To Get More Referral Work From Past and Existing Clients
  • How to get a FREE Local Listing in Google and Optimize it for Best Results

You are going to especially love the Bail Bond marketing information. These orders are amazing and I have been focusing a lot of my efforts to getting more of their referrals. Why?

When I am referred a customer, I quote 3 fees. I base my first fee off of complexity of the appraisal. Lets say it is a standard tract home in San Diego. I quote them $400 and will inspect within 2 working days and have the appraisal report back to them within 2 days. The second fee is to inspect within 24 hours and have back within 24 hours for $800, and finally a same day inspection and deliver of the appraisal is $1200.

Which one do you think the client wants when they are trying to get a loved one out of jail? 75% of the time it is the $1200 fee for a simple tract home appraisal.

But you do have to follow up to keep these clients, and I have listed all the techniques I use to stay in contact with these clients so the work doesn’t go away.

This resource is jammed packed with information and the spreadsheets are 100% sortable by state to make it easy to create your postcard and do your mailing as noted in Chapter 5: Step-by-Step Instructions to Make a Postcard Mailer From Card Design to Mailing

The next chapter lays out the steps I use to get a massive list of Attorneys in my market area by an inexpensive virtual assistant.

Take the time today to order my New Book & Directory – No More Middlemen – Full Fee & Appraisal Managment Free : 2019 Appraiser Marketing Guide and List of 11000+ Direct Lenders, Credit Unions and Bail Bond Companies and finally get off the crappy appraisal management company roller coaster ride for good!

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Bryan Knowlton
Appraiser Income

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26th December 2018

Trulia predicts top 5 housing markets for 2019

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Housing markets in coastal cities have been the hottest in recent years, but Trulia predicts that the top markets in 2019 will be inland cities where homes are more affordable.

San Francisco-based Trulia, a provider of online guides for home buyers and renters, predicts that these will be the five best housing markets next year:

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21st December 2018

FHA to Increase Loan Limits in 2019

HUD No. 18-145
HUD Public Affairs
(202) 708-0685
December 14, 2018

Loan limits to increase in more than 3,000 counties

WASHINGTON – The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) today announced the agency’s new schedule of loan limits for 2019, with most areas in the country to experience an increase in loan limits in the coming year. These loan limits are effective for FHA case numbers assigned on or after January 1, 2019.

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