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What the hell is going on in the appraisal world?

The confusion of Fannie Mae's Collateral Underwriter
Anthony Roveda
It’s incumbent upon all in the industry to understand and implement best practices, but when the VERY use of appraisal services doesn’t employ some level of disclosure we might have a few problems. These problems are occurring right now with the massive confusion going on within the valuation space.
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Are there too many appraisers?

1 in 7 appraisals inflated by as much as 20%
Brena Swanson
The problems of the housing crisis are far from finished. While some areas may have recovered, a high number of appraisers and low number of homes for sale could be creating a bad scenario.
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Does Fannie Mae support appraisers?

Here comes Collateral Underwriter
Anthony Roveda
They kind of do, as long as they can use an appraiser's analysis and opinions in a platform to punitively rate their work against the work of their peers. But what happens when the appraiser doesn't score well enough?
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Allstate Appraisal and Bradford Technologies launch valuation tool

Valuation Express targets valuations for HELOCs, seconds and REOs
Ben Lane
"The market needs alternatives that provide the strength and accuracy of an appraiser-driven valuation but without the time and expense of a full appraisal,” said Steven Albert, president of Allstate Appraisal. “The Valuation Express report provides the right balance of quality and expertise of the local appraiser at the price points lenders require."
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Fannie Mae to make proprietary appraisal tool available to lenders

Lenders can use Collateral Underwriter in 2015
Ben Lane
Beginning in early 2015, Fannie will make Collateral Underwriter available to lenders as part of its industry tools package, which also includes Desktop Underwriter and Early Check.
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CoesterVMS integrates with Mercury Vendor Management Portal

Simplifies appraisal process
Brena Swanson
CoesterVMS, an appraisal management and technology provider, has integrated its Cloud Control appraisal management service into a la mode’s Mercury Vendor Management Portal, simplifying the appraisal process for users.
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Canadian-based NAS acquires InHouse AMC

Expands into U.S. mortgage market
Brena Swanson
Nationwide Appraisal Services is expanding into the U.S., entering the $1.3 trillion mortgage marketplace through the acquisition of the majority interest in InHouse.
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Forsythe Appraisals adds Richard Shackelford as VP of business development

Brings experience in loan origination, loan operations
Ben Lane
In the new role, Shackelford will be responsible for the successful growth of both local and national client opportunities and brand recognition for the company.
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Are appraisers holding back housing?

New rules hinder appraisals
Brena Swanson
Although a new study indicates that inflated appraisals are less common today, the impact of low appraisals may be problematic in its own right — higher levels of loan rejections that put a damper on the housing market.
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3 burning appraisal questions for the CEO of Veros

This is what Darius Bozorgi means
Jacob Gaffney
During a recent panel at the Bipartisan Housing Summit, Darius Bozorgi, the CEO of Veros, indicated that he felt the technological approach of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Housing Administration should be extended to the rest of the housing industry. Here's what he meant.
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