UWM appraisal shakeup makes small splash

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United Wholesale Mortgage (UWM) announced late last year that it would turn the appraisal space on its head by launching an in-house appraisal program. Even if it has not made quite the outsized impact UWM said it would, appraisers mostly like the wholesaler’s new program.

Lenders see appraisal modernization as a top priority

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A Fannie Mae survey published in mid-May found that mortgage lenders see value in appraisal modernization, specifically in the implementation of non-traditional appraisals and inspection-based appraisal waivers. Implementing desktop appraisals would help alleviate this.

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Waters demands investigation following racist appraiser email

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An appraiser who wrote a racist email to a researcher has received a response — but not likely the one he wanted. In an emailed tirade, appraiser Dave LaVigne lambasted appraisal bias researcher Elizabeth Korver-Glenn for her research on appraisal bias.

Desktop appraisal option to start in March

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Desktop appraisals will become an option for some agency-backed loans submitted after March 19. In addition to those specific exclusions, a desktop appraisal may not be used if Fannie Mae’s automated underwriting system, Desktop Underwriter, flags it as “ineligible.”.

Appraisers slam FHFA appraisal blog post

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Research detailing overt demographic references in appraisal reports has sparked anger from appraisers, even as they express dismay at the findings. “I Petersburg, Florida-based appraiser Francois “Frank” Gregoire. “I What was the score on these appraisals?

True Footage acquires Spark for Appraisers

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Seattle, Washington-based real estate valuation company True Footage announced the acquisition of Spark for Appraisers , an appraisal technology firm. Spark for Appraisers sells data infrastructure software to appraisers to produce faster and more reliable appraisals.

Oakland homeowner alleges appraiser bias

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Cora Robinson, who is Black, claims that appraiser Thomas Kearney violated the Fair Housing Act by undervaluing her home by over $400,000. Robinson also names as a defendant Class Valuation , an appraisal management company.

HUD official talks appraisal bias task force

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A liberal think-tank, regulators, the government-sponsored enterprises, the President of the United States, even fintech firms have all called attention to appraisal bias. Marcia Fudge with leading an inter-agency task force to root out bias in appraisals.

FHFA extends relaxed appraisal, lending standards

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The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced on Thursday it has extended relaxed lending and appraisal standards put in place due to COVID-19 another month for both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The post FHFA extends relaxed appraisal, lending standards appeared first on HousingWire.

FHFA to make desktop appraisals permanent

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Desktop appraisals, a temporary flexibility implemented in March 2020 to keep the mortgage industry afloat amid lockdowns and social distancing, will become permanent, the Federal Housing Finance Agency said today. How do remote valuation solutions benefit appraisers?

Is the appraisal process color-blind?

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Recently, at an event marking the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre , President Biden announced the launch of a new interagency task force to root out what it calls inequity in the appraisal industry. The dramatic change in value from two appraisals seems unusual.

Will hybrid appraisals become the new normal?

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The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced Monday it is requesting input on the appraisal policies, practices and processes of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, especially as it relates to the GSEs’ appraisal modernization efforts.

Like it or not, desktop appraisals are here to stay

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Desktop appraisals arrived in March of 2020, allowing the housing market to keep humming while many stayed indoors to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Allowing appraisals without a walk-through was one of several flexibilities the Federal Housing Finance Agency allowed in light of the pandemic.

California couple sues appraiser for race discrimination

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A San Rafael, California real estate appraiser is being sued for allegedly undervaluing a home by almost 50% because the homeowners are Black. Miller of Miller & Perotti Real Estate Appraisal and AMC Links LLC , an appraisal management company headquartered in Lehi, Utah.

Susan Rice to co-chair HUD appraisal task force

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The interagency task force to combat inequity in appraisals, led by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge, will be co-chaired by former United Nations ambassador Susan Rice. How to reduce appraisal turn times and improve the borrower experience.

Appraisal Foundation: Appraisers must take course on bias

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Reacting to headlines pointing to racial bias in some home appraisals, the Appraisal Foundation this week said that it would require all appraisers to take a seven-hour course focused on fair housing laws and bias. Soon after, the Appraisal Foundation took control of USPAP.

FHFA extends relaxed appraisal, lending standards

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The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced on Thursday that it has again extended relaxed lending and appraisal standards for both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Those alternative appraisals may become long-term solutions.

Opinion: The path to modernizing the appraisal process

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And the appraisal process is no exception. After a summer filled with overwhelming demand and too little appraisal capacity, which increased loan costs and time to close, there is finally light appearing at the end of the tunnel. The modern appraisal movement is accelerating.

The appraisal gap is complicating deals across the country

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Unfortunately, the appraisal put the house’s value roughly $50,000 below than what she paid. Linda had a sizable downpayment but still needed to find a way to close the appraisal gap. She recently had a deal fall apart due to appraisal.

Appraisal coalition pledges to combat bias and discrimination

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The Appraisal Institute , American Society of Appraisers , American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers , and the Massachusetts Board of Real Estate Appraisers announced a concerted effort to combat unconscious bias and discrimination in a release on Friday.

Senators grill HUD official over absent GSE appraisal data

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The lack of appraisal data from the government sponsored enterprises took center stage at a Senate Banking Committee hearing Thursday on appraisal bias. Tina Smith, both Democrats, also piled on to support making appraisal data public. The U.S.

The appraisal industry’s governance problem

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That was the startling and totally hypothetical analogy made, based on the current structure of the Appraisal Foundation , in a scathing report released this week. Our analysis finds that the appraisal industry has operated in a relatively closed, self-regulated framework.”.

Voxtur acquires appraisal software firm Anow

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closed on the acquisition of appraisal management software firm Appraisal Now for approximately $30.5 Appraisal Now, better known as “ Anow ,” makes an automated appraisal workflow management platform for the global appraisal market.

Recruiting the next generation of appraisers

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The appraisal industry’s lack of diversity — in terms of age, gender and ethnicity — and the growing number of appraisers exiting the profession as they reach retirement age have been well-documented issues. Most appraisers are also white males (77% male, 85% white).

Home appraisal’s ugly history and uncertain future

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This is Part I of a deep dive into the home appraisal industry, which has faced a growing number of claims of racial bias. Today we explore the origins of the appraisal industry and its current lack of diversity.

VA hikes appraisal fees, turn-times in select markets

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The Department of Veterans Affairs will raise appraisal fees and lengthen allowable turnaround times in select markets across the country in response to high demand for appraisals. Conventional buyers who need an appraisal done quickly can pay a premium. .

The appraisal industry’s hidden hand

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He started contracting with home mortgage lenders to appraise the value of the property tied to a loan. “It He reentered the appraisal business through a different door. The outcome was a settlement, the Home Valuation Code of Conduct, or, as appraisers swiftly dubbed it, havoc.

How appraisers value homes in a hot housing market

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Sheridan’s listing appraised at the contract price, and the deal went through without a hitch. The challenge is that the sales data you’re looking at is dated,” said Shawn Telford, chief appraiser at CoreLogic.

What to do about the appraiser shortage

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What a two-year stretch it has been for appraisers. The appraisal workforce was already in decline in 2019. These factors combined to throw the appraisal industry in flux. Both said the human appraiser is still the future of the industry.

Sizing up claims of appraisers’ racial bias

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This is Part II of HousingWire’s deep dive into the appraisal profession, and the wave of racial bias claims that has rocked it. In Part I, we looked at the origins of the profession, its present demographic makeup and leadership, and the many struggles of appraisers.

CFPB is the latest agency to criticize the Appraisal Foundation

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A collection of federal agencies, including the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), took the Appraisal Foundation to task for its weak anti-bias guidance.

UWM launches AMC-free appraisal program

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United Wholesale Mortgage (UWM) announced today that it will no longer require its brokers to use appraisal management companies to complete appraisals. Appraisers say AMCs cut into their pay and introduce inefficiency into the appraisal process.

One of the largest appraisal management companies just got acquired

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Arcapita Group Holdings , a Bahraini investment firm, has acquired a controlling stake in large independent appraisal management company Nationwide Property and Appraisal Services for an undisclosed price. The appraisal industry has been a focus of the Biden administration.

Appraisal bill would combat legacy of redlining

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Legislation in Congress would try to solve for inconsistencies in appraisal underwriting, a lack of diversity in the profession, and the legacy of property valuation discrimination. The post Appraisal bill would combat legacy of redlining appeared first on HousingWire.

FHFA takes a swing at racial bias in appraisal

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Appraisers are not supposed to base their analysis on protected classes, and in the Uniform Residential Appraisal Report, appraisers attest that “race and the racial composition of the neighborhood are not appraisal factors.”