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Mercury Network acquiring Appraisal Scope

Deal combines two valuation management software platforms
Last year, Mercury Network, an appraisal management system, announced plans to expand by acquiring Platinum Data Solutions, a QC technology company. And it turns out that the company is not done growing, as the company announced this week that it is acquiring Appraisal Scope, a provider of valuation management software.
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[Charts] NAR survey breaks down problems plaguing appraisal industry

Including what’s happening with appraisal trainees
Not only does the appraisal industry have problems, but there is also a lot of disagreement around what exactly those problems are. This new survey of appraisers from the National Association of Realtors should help give more insight on what’s going on. What will it take for the appraisal industry to start training future appraisers?
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Experts answer: Will technology replace appraisers?

The state of the appraisal industry
The appraisal industry has a heaping amount of questions. This became increasingly clear after HousingWire’s webinar on the state of the appraisal industry, featuring four industry experts. The hour allotted to the webinar was able to cover a range of hot-button issues. However, there was one that stood out: Will technology replace appraisers?
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Guess who just joined the HousingWire free Appraisal webinar?

Hint: He works with the largest mortgage finance entity in the nation
HousingWire is hosting a free webinar next week on the state of the appraisal industry in 2017. We are already getting flooded with questions and, lucky for all of us, Zach Dawson, the director of collateral strategy at Fannie Mae, will join us. Here's how to sign up!
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First for 2017: Fannie Mae refines appraisal policies

But will investors change their policies?
Fannie Mae released its first selling guide updates for 2017. And it's a real standout. The GSE clarified rules around property inspections by appraiser trainees. However, some say that more still needs to be done in order for appraisers to act on the clarification.
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Appraisal volume hits a standstill in December

Holidays dent volume
As the month of December and the holiday season wraps up, appraisal volume recorded another decline for the week of Dec. 18. Since 2006, the week before Christmas has had a normal drop of around 7%, according to a la mode. In 2011, however, when Christmas fell on a Sunday as it did this year, the drop was 12.9%. Read on for more context on typical holiday declines.
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Appraisal volume halts as the holidays set in

Four-week average sinks lower
This week's appraisal volume report quickly put an end to the recent increases in volume witnessed the past couple of weeks. The drop doesn't come as much of a surprise though, since the holidays have slowed the ordering of appraisals.
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