HUD OIG Issues Appraisal Fraud Alert

Posted by: McKissock Date: Feb 24, 2017 1:29:03 PM

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently issued a Fraud Alert Bulletin regarding appraiser identity theft.


According to the Fraud Alert Bulletin, there have been a number of appraiser identity theft cases recently uncovered by HUD OIG. 

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Topics: HUD, appraisal identity theft

7 Ways to Handle Appraisal Pressure and Still Maintain Your Ethical Reputation

Posted by: McKissock Date: Feb 23, 2017 9:00:00 AM

It goes without saying that there are no simple and easy ways to deal with appraisal pressure, especially when it comes to standing behind your ethics. A major source of frustration for appraisers is the realization that clients do not have to follow USPAP. The ethical and performance requirements of USPAP apply only to appraisers, not to clients.

In other words, USPAP doesn’t prohibit a mortgage broker from calling and asking you to develop an appraisal based on a predetermined value, but USPAP does prohibit you from accepting that assignment.

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Topics: appraisal pressure, ethics

Automated Valuation Models: Increased Use Leaves Plenty of Work for Appraisers

Posted by: Joseph Dobrian Date: Feb 16, 2017 9:59:04 AM

Automated valuation models (AVMs) are services that incorporate data and mathematical modeling to provide real estate property valuations—usually providing a snapshot of a property’s momentary value, using comparables, much like an appraisal. However, appraisers who suspect that AVMs could render human appraisers irrelevant apparently don’t have much to worry about—yet.

On the one hand, an AVM report is that you can get it in a matter of seconds, and it will contain helpful information. On the other, it's never complete, and still leaves plenty of work for the appraiser.

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Topics: automated valuation models

Creative Financing for Home Purchases: What's Available Now?

Posted by: Joseph Dobrian Date: Feb 9, 2017 4:28:47 PM

A real estate agent whose client doesn’t have the best credit—or an appraiser who wants to facilitate the transaction if the appraisal comes in low—can present the prospective home-buyer with various creative ways to finance the purchase. “Creative lending” might include any of several innovative products and services. Unconventional methods such as crowdfunding might also bear consideration.

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Topics: creative financing

A 2017 Housing Bubble? Here’s What Appraisers Advise

Posted by: Joseph Dobrian Date: Jan 26, 2017 8:16:08 PM

Rumors of a 2017 housing bubble that is set to pop may be exaggerated. The housing market has been in a slow recovery since the mortgage-backed securities crisis of 2007 and the severe economic downturn of 2008.

Given the cyclical nature of real estate, it’s reasonable to expect a correction in the next year or two. But the bubble isn’t likely to burst, because there isn’t one.

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Topics: Trends, Residential Appraisal, accurate appraisals, appraisal trends

Appraising Smart Homes: Does 'Smart' Really Matter?

Posted by: Joseph Dobrian Date: Jan 19, 2017 1:59:28 PM

How much will modern smart home technology affect an appraisal, if at all? Nowadays, a homeowner can control just about any home device, remotely, via a smartphone: computers, HVAC, audio/visual equipment, surveillance cameras, ovens and slow cookers, you name it. Will a home that’s set up to handle all those capabilities be valued higher than one that’s still pretty 20th-century in terms of modern conveniences?

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Topics: accurate appraisals, appraisal trends

The Power of Transparency and Communication in Appraisals

Posted by: Joseph Dobrian Date: Jan 10, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Appraisers are usually able to disclose quite a lot about their methods and the information they’ve used—and it’s best to be prepared to share that information promptly, especially if the appraisal is not what was hoped for. Transparency and communication in appraisals is essential.

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Topics: accurate appraisals

Trendspotting For Appraisers

Posted by: Joseph Dobrian Date: Dec 19, 2016 11:09:14 AM

How do you spot and judge market trends and news events that might influence your appraisal, or that you should bring to the attention of the client? If you’re in a situation where the value of a property could rise or fall dramatically from its current appraised value, depending on various factors, how can you take the variables into account and provide the most accurate appraisal possible? The short answer is that your appraisal will be applicable to a certain effective date—but you shouldn’t neglect to let the lender know how market forces might affect the appraised value down the road.

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Topics: USPAP, appraisal market, appraisal trends

Arriving at an Accurate Appraisal, Even When Comps Are Few

Posted by: Joseph Dobrian Date: Dec 15, 2016 10:00:00 AM

You’ve been assigned to appraise a property in a remote area, or in a neighborhood where few sales have occurred lately. How do you arrive at an accurate appraisal if you’re not sure of your comparable sales? Can you take an approach to the appraisal that you wouldn't usually use? How could one unusual event or another throw your calculations off?

McKissock recently went over those questions with three expert appraisers—and their consensus is, you can always find a way to give an accurate appraisal.

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Topics: accurate appraisals

4 Ways Appraisers Can Make Time for the Work That Matters

Posted by: McKissock Date: Dec 8, 2016 11:14:00 AM

No matter what industry you’re in, when things get busy it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. It can seem impossible to get all of your work done with only 24 hours in the day. But there are some tried-and-true methods for eliminating the minutiae to drill down on the real estate appraisal work that matters.

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Topics: real estate appraisal work