Appraisal Buzz Staff

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A Behind the Scenes Look at Online Education

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Recently Allterra Online launched the online continuing education class "A Practical Guide To Appraisal Review" which is taught by the instructor Greg Stephens Chief Appraiser, SVP Compliance at Metro-West Appraisal Co., Inc. We were lucky enough to sit down with Greg and ask him about the new course and the industry in general.

Buzz: Tell us a little about yourself and your history in the appraisal industry.

Third International Conference on Housing Risk

Monday, August 18, 2014

At the core of the US financial collapse was the lack of an objective standard of safety and soundness in mortgage underwriting and collateral risk assessment. Opaque information regarding these risks meant that homebuyers, lenders, investors, insurers, regulators, and policymakers had neither incentives nor information to moderate the bubble.

Can we learn from the mistakes of others?

Monday, July 28, 2014

When the average appraiser thinks about what has happened in the appraisal industry and what is on the horizon, it is so easy to limit our thinking to what has happened in our own backyards. But there are other nations who suffered their own financial crisis. Other countries have high foreclosure rates as well. Hopefully, we can learn from our own mistakes. But can we learn from the mistakes of others? Do other nations struggle with similar issues in the valuation space? How do other countries manage the appraisal process?

A Fresh Face in Appraiser Education

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Allterra Group has always been known for their top notch on-site continuing education. Whether it is the lender sponsored appraiser events, seminars and webinars, or the national conference held every year at Valuation Expo. Now they are expanding their options and making continuing education available in the comfort of your own home or office! We sat down with their Director of Online Education, Ashley Hammond, to discuss Allterra Online and its offerings for appraisers.

What You Should Know About AMC Law

Monday, July 7, 2014

A little over a year ago we spoke with Bruce Unangst, the Executive Director of the Louisiana Real Estate Commission, to talk about oversight of AMCs. We were able to touch base with him again recently to see what has been going on since the adoption of their final AMC rules. Appraisers will definitely be interested in his responses to our questions in this latest interview.

Top Appraisal Deficiencies That Could Trigger A Repurchase

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Appraisal Buzz would like to introduce our new webinar program. With our new on-demand webinars, appraisers can choose the best time to watch. And, drum roll please… our new webinars are completely FREE for appraisers! These will be a convenient and simple way for you to learn more about the industry and keep up with current events.

What the Future Holds for ULSA

Friday, June 13, 2014

The Appraisal Buzz recently had a chance to speak with Creighton Angst, Sr Valuation Manager, QA about her position with Urban Lending Solutions Appraisals, her past experience in the appraisal industry, and what the future holds for ULSA and the industry as a whole.

Buzz: We hear ULSA is actively recruiting a senior valuation manager of operations.  What inspired you to take the position of senior valuation manager of compliance at ULSA?

The Strongest Foundations Start with Learning

Monday, June 9, 2014

Valuation Expo was started on three founding principles -- Learn, Network, and Prosper. Throughout the years, these principles have remained a guiding force for the conference. But what do these items mean to you? We are taking an in depth look here at the education component to show you how to leverage your Valuation Expo experience.