Clients & Vendors

2014 Valuation Visionary Award Winner Announced

Monday, March 31, 2014

Every year the Collateral Risk Network joins together to nominate and vote on the most influential mind in the appraisal industry for the year. The winner is presented with the prestigious Valuation Visionary Award. We are pleased to announce the winner of this year's award is Jeff Bradford, founder of Bradford Technologies.

Customary & Reasonable

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Customary & Reasonable fees were all the buzz back in 2010. Then the conversations subsided. Appraisers had a whirlwind of refinance activity to distract them for a while. When interest rates ticked up, volume plummeted. Now every dollar counts more than ever. The sting is especially painful when volume has dropped precipitously and fees were cut simultaneously. That spells double trouble.

With the signing of the Financial Regulatory Reform Bill on July 21, 2010, also known as Dodd Frank, there were significant changes that affected the appraisal community.

New App Eliminates Common Appraisal Delays

Friday, February 28, 2014

Technology is constantly growing and improving to help the appraisal industry keep up with the world around it. a la mode recently released a new mobile app to help appraisers eliminate common delays. We were lucky enough to catch up with Jennifer Miller of a la mode to find out more about this new mobile app.

Buzz: Jennifer, can you tell our readers a little bit about your career history leading up to your current position?

Interview with Robert T. Murphy of Fannie Mae

Monday, February 24, 2014

The Appraisal Buzz recently had a chance to speak with Robert T. Murphy of Fannie Mae and ask him a few questions. He is the Director of Property Valuation & Eligibility at Fannie Mae and an influential leader in the appraisal industry. We wanted to speak to him about their recently released Lender Letter and find out how it affects appraisers. Below are some of his responses.

The New Normal

Monday, February 17, 2014

I have delayed my usual beginning of the year prognostication for a number of reasons. I spend a lot of time speaking to individual appraisers as well as clients of appraisers -- both lenders and AMCs. There are indeed some common threads and of course there are the looming regulatory hairballs that affect us all. I also wanted to review the responses to the Appraisal Buzz National Appraiser Survey to which, by the way, it isn't too late to respond.

Full Body Search Required for Approval

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

I remember a time in the world, pre HVCC, when I would drive around to mortgage offices.  I would stop in, introduce myself to every loan officer and staff member, hand out my business cards, and ask them to give me a try.  I would repeat this pattern every week after that until they decided to give me a try.  That was then and this is now...

RIP Appraisal Advisor

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

It is with a good deal of lament that I am writing this post. I opened my email this morning to see an announcement from Appraisal Advisor (AA) stating that they that would be ceasing operation as of February 1, 2014. For those that did not know about them, they were, to my knowledge, the only source for appraisers to post reviews about working with Appraisal Management Companies (AMCs). AA also developed credit ratings based on appraiser reviews of working with each rated AMC.

Non-lender Valuation: Consumers Should Tread Carefully

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Competition, in a free market, is a fierce catalyst: one that can effectively sort out the bad apples from the bunch. Capitalism works, it is simple when left unfettered and when all parties are ethical in their approach to business. It works until politicians, however well meaning they try to be, step in with a”solution”. Through the Dodd-Frank reform and the Andrew Cuomo created Home Valuation Code of Conduct that predates Dodd-Frank, congress effectively went anti-small business again.