Appraisal Buzz Staff

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Appraiser Confidentiality Communication: Best Practices

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Today, April 23rd, Allterra Group is hosting a free webinar on appraiser independence and the best practices to use when communicating. What are the limits of communication for real estate appraisers, when interacting with borrowers, listing agents, selling agents, buyers, sellers, clients or even AMCs? Recent laws and regulations concerning appraiser independence appear to have put restraints on the type of information that can be communicated to or from appraisers. Is appraiser independence compromised if the appraiser has any communication with REALTORS ® or borrowers?

Absolute, Relative, and the UAD

Monday, April 7, 2014

On April 9th, Allterra Group is hosting a special webinar on comparable data. This will be a great opportunity for appraisers to learn more about some specific aspects of the GSE Uniform Appraisal Dataset in regard to comparable data and some of the perceived challenges with the condition and quality ratings. The webinar will be presented by Elizabeth Green, Principal Consultant with rel-e-vant Solutions and Charles Gress, Senior Vice President & Chief Residential Appraiser for Martin & Wood Appraisal Group and moderated by John McIntyre.

April Foolery Contest Winners Announced

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The results of the April Foolery Contest are in! We are impressed with the creativity of all the submissions. We are pleased to award free Valuation Expo passes to the authors of the best poem, comic, and video about Valuation Expo or the Appraisal Industry as a whole. We were overwhelmed with the responses from appraisers across the country. We were finally able to narrow it down to one winner in each category. We also wanted to recognize some of the finalists who submitted some great entries.

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.

Loud and Clear

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

We hear you loud and clear. Most of the emails and feedback we receive at the Appraisal Buzz are about customary and reasonable fees. We completely understand.

That is why we have created a FREE T-Shirt for everyone who registers for Valuation Expo before May 1st. This T-Shirt takes a humorous look at this very important industry issue. While we don't recommend you wear it on appointments, we do think it will be a conversation starter amongst your peers.

FHA Appraisals and Reporting Requirements

Monday, March 3, 2014

The Appraisal Buzz recently caught up with Peter Gillispie and Craig Julian to discuss their upcoming continuing education class, "FHA Appraisals and Reporting Requirements". This one day class will be held Monday, May 12th in Annapolis, MD. We knew our readers would like to know a little more about the instructors and the class itself so we thought we would share their answers.

Buzz: Thank you for joining us Pete and Craig, could you tell us a little about your history in the appraisal industry.

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.