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Federal regulators mull appraisal-free mortgages for some loans
“The most important part of the appraisal is the comments section about conditions, upgrades, amenities or if a property is falling off its foundation,” said Lance Siegel, president of HVCC Appraisal Ordering in Lake Forest. No appraisal means no real ...

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And the Assault Continues
Appraisal Buzz (press release) (blog)
Do not expect this to be the one and only request for appraisal waivers. Ironically this comes at a time when turn times have normalized across most of the US supporting my premise that the challenges have been created by bubblelicious activity. That ...


Appraisal hypocrisy hits home
Before the mortgage meltdown and the resulting Great Recession, you paid a reasonable price for an appraisal, and your loan officer typically received a reasonable opinion of value that led to your purchase or refinance getting funded. Not so much ...

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What Luxury Buyers Need to Know About the Appraisal Process
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Michael Hobbs, the president of Chicago-based PahRoo Appraisal & Consultancy, said that while lenders still make up about 50% of his business, he also gets plenty of queries from individuals. “I get a lot of calls in January and February from people ...

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Freddie and Fannie's appraisal-free mortgages to slash closing times
When real estate broker Hank Miller explains the mortgage process to buyers, he gives it to them straight. "It's going to be the biggest pain in the ass that you've been through," he says. Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, government-owned entities that buy ...

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How Does The Dodd-Frank Act Impact The Appraisal Process?
Among the many regulatory guidelines contained in the act is a new game plan for the appraisal process. These guidelines are intended to ensure that home appraisals are accurate and realistic while preventing unscrupulous brokers from pressuring ...


How to deal with low-ball appraisals
I interpret this statement to mean if you give us crummy appraisals via low scores, you might be buying back that loan. I'm probably the world's biggest screamer when my borrowers get low-balled, and I'm usually on the lenders for reconsideration of ...

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Wells Fargo Talks Valuation Expo, Lenders Live
Appraisal Buzz (press release) (blog)
Karin: I am excited to meet new faces at the show. I want to discuss quality in appraisals, and what we are looking for in our appraisers. I also want to hear from appraisers about items they think can be streamlined in the appraisal process and how ...

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Appraiser Independence: Fact or Fiction
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Buzz: Tony, congratulations on your new role as Chief Appraiser at Computershare. Can you give us an update on life at as a chief appraiser in a post-Dodd Frank era? Where are we on a few of the important topics in the industry. Let's start with the ...

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An appraiser's thoughts on the repeal of Dodd-Frank
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Will things go back to the way they were before Dodd-Frank, or even before the HVCC (Home Valuation Code of Conduct)? What about those unintended consequences that arose from these two pieces of legislation? It's anyone's guess as to what Donald Trump ...

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