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Monday, December 30, 2013

2013 Year End Wrap Up

I love this time of year. Of course what is not to like about the holidays? But it is nice to take a look back over the past year and reflect on accomplishments while simultaneously keeping an eye towards the future. I suppose if you aren’t careful, that means you would have each eye going in a different direction.

What are the Rules on Photographing Comparable Sales?

Monday, December 23, 2013

Years ago the standard of practice was that no comparable photographs were taken. It was expected that the appraiser viewed comparable sales from the street, but photos were not submitted. The certifications in today's appraisal reports did not exist, and there was no USPAP. The advent of comparable sale photographs as an exhibit to an appraisal report results, at least in part, from the practice of not driving the comparable sales.

Third Party Oversight Summit Wrap Up

Friday, December 13, 2013

Wow, I am just recovering from my trip to Las Vegas to present at our Third Party Oversight Summit, along with Tony Pistilli at Axios, Peter Christensen of LIA Liability Insurance Administrators and Helge Hukari of Clear Capital. In spite of some crazy weather we had a packed house and actually oversold this event. Based upon our strong registrations and positive feedback we will be organizing a whole series on compliance next year. I wanted to take some time to let everyone know what was discussed at this event.

How Many Ways Can You Support Adjustments in Your Appraisals?

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Having spent the past few years being the Chief Appraiser for a bank that, by the time I left, had acquired seven failed banks from the FDIC during the credit crisis, I started becoming a collector. Of course you can imagine the types of appraisals that had been engaged by the failed banks, but more importantly, I was able to work with some of the best appraisers in our market areas doing new appraisals trying to figure out the crazy real estate deals that these banks had done.

Contrary to Popular Belief, the Appraisal is NOT a Commodity

Monday, December 2, 2013

Many mistakenly view the appraisal as a commodity. True, there are several traditional methods that every appraiser must go through when determining the value of a home that may make the appraisal seem commoditized, including researching the market, analyzing comparables, inspecting the property and making appropriate adjustments to the comparable sales. But those methods are exactly why the appraisal is NOT a commodity. In reality, it is a myth that all appraisals are more or less the same, even though it may seem so at first glance.

Regulatory Compliance of Third Party Valuation Providers

Monday, November 25, 2013

There is no question that operational risk and third party oversight are "buzz words" being spoken about inside the walls of the regulators of financial institutions. This is in large part a result of the recent regulatory changes due to the financial crisis of a few years ago. Operational risk is the risk of loss due to human error; inadequate or failed internal systems and controls; noncompliance with, laws, rules, regulations, policies, or ethical standards; and external influences such as market conditions and fraudulent activities.