Desktop appraisal option to start in March

Housing Wire

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

Housing Wire

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?

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VA hikes appraisal fees, turn-times in select markets

Housing Wire

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. .

How appraisers value homes in a hot housing market

Housing Wire

As anyone involved in the residential real-estate market knows, bidding wars – and contract prices exceeding the list price – are the norm today in many markets around the nation. Sheridan’s listing appraised at the contract price, and the deal went through without a hitch.

Navigating appraisal challenges in today’s housing market

Housing Wire

The booming real estate market has created a high demand for appraisal services. This is good news for lenders, but it puts a tremendous amount of pressure on appraisers who have to be diligent in their work, while also meeting closing dates.

Oakland homeowner alleges appraiser bias

Housing Wire

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.

“I don’t want to say we’re archaic”: Appraisal Institute president vows reform

Housing Wire

The residential real estate appraisal industry is staring at a fork in the road. The latest reminder is a report released Wednesday from the Appraisal Subcommittee , a part of the federal government in charge of monitoring appraiser standards. appraisers say they are male, 1.3%

The appraisal industry’s governance problem

Housing Wire

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.”.

Is the appraisal process color-blind?

Housing Wire

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?

Housing Wire

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.

The appraisal gap is complicating deals across the country

Housing Wire

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.

In a hot housing market, gap between purchase price and appraiser condition ratings causes headaches

Housing Wire

Last week, HousingWire reported surging mortgage volume and record low interest rates are putting excess pressure on appraisal turn times. To consider an ROV, appraisers are most often willing to review and consider comps that are more recent, more proximate and more similar,” Johnson said.

UWM launches AMC-free appraisal program

Housing Wire

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.

Voxtur acquires appraisal software firm Anow

Housing Wire

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.

The appraisal industry’s hidden hand

Housing Wire

He started contracting with home mortgage lenders to appraise the value of the property tied to a loan. “It But DeZarn was an independent contractor business of one, and he lost his clients in 2008 when the housing market imploded. Before the recession, I was doing appraisals for $500.

What to do about the appraiser shortage

Housing Wire

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.

Appraisal bill would combat legacy of redlining

Housing Wire

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.

Freddie Mac finds appraisals in minority areas fall short

Housing Wire

Appraisals in Black and Latino neighborhoods are more likely to fall short of the contracted sale price, a Freddie Mac study of 12 million appraisals found. In Black census tracts, 13% of home appraisals failed to reach the contracted sales price.

Are remote appraisals here to stay?

Housing Wire

Appraisers have experienced many challenges in the last couple of years. From juggling high volume demand for appraisals in the middle of a pandemic, appraisers had to radically change their processes. Others don’t provide appraisers with accurate enough data.

How did the pandemic change the state of the appraisal market?

Housing Wire

If there’s anything that lenders and borrowers have learned from the current purchase market it’s that speed and efficiency are key to a smooth closing. With desktop appraisals now a permanent option, we should expect to see some of the traditional pressure on turn times alleviated.

Appraisal bias: Education is the first step

Housing Wire

Understanding the market value of collateral is a key fundamental component of safe and sound lending. This is accomplished through obtaining an appraisal. . Bias has no place in an appraisal, and the industry is focused on engaging and acting.

HUD settles with JPMorgan over appraisal bias case

Housing Wire

The finance giant will also begin training home lending advisors and client care specialists in the reconsideration of value process and fair lending issues related to appraisals. Appraisers are independent contractors who are not employed by the bank,” the spokesperson said.

2022 Appraisal Outlook: Appraisers Cast Optimistic Eye On Coming Year

McKissock

Appraisers recently contacted by McKissock tend to agree that the profession will go generally well in 2022, with no major changes to the real estate market and no events on the horizon that could seriously upset appraisers’ business. Housing market trends for 2022.

What is a home appraisal gap?

Housing Wire

When you go to buy a home , your mortgage lender will almost always order a home appraisal. A homebuyer’s guide to a competitive housing market. Scenario 1: Your home appraises at your full offer price. Many times, the home appraisal goes off without a hitch.

7 Reasons to Upgrade Your Appraisal License

McKissock

Are you looking for reasons to upgrade your appraisal license ? Here are some stats to consider: As of December 31, 2018, only 42% of the 78,000 state-credentialed appraisers in the United States were certified general appraisers. Certified General Appraiser, Pennsylvania.

Will AI solve the problem of appraisal bias?

Housing Wire

Inaccurate appraisals and valuations can impact the type of mortgage financing a potential buyer receives, whether a seller commands a fair value when selling their home, or whether a homeowner has opportunities to tap into home equity. The post Will AI solve the problem of appraisal bias?

What role does appraisal tech have in creating customers for life?

Housing Wire

While having core systems in place is important, no matter how good a lender’s process is, if there’s an issue with the appraisal, everything could be compromised. Appraisal challenges impact everyone. Why appraisal is the next big opportunity in mortgage fulfillment.

FHFA’s RFI on appraisals is a critical inflection point

Housing Wire

The FHFA’s engagement of industry stakeholders signifies a critical inflection point for appraisal transformation. For example, appraisal turn time has swelled 65% from 2018, according to recent data published by Freddie Mac. Appraiser shortage.

Your home appraisal came in lower than your offer – Now what?

Housing Wire

In today’s booming housing market, sellers have their pick of home offers. And while this is great for sellers, it leaves buyers asking: “How can I stand out in such a competitive market?” 5 tips for buying a home in a seller’s housing market.

FHA announces launch of new appraisal technology solution

Housing Wire

The Federal Housing Administration has announced an upcoming release of its FHA Catalyst: Electronic Appraisal Delivery module on the FHA Catalyst platform. The post FHA announces launch of new appraisal technology solution appeared first on HousingWire.

HouseCanary hopes its tech can help solve appraisal bias. Can it?

Housing Wire

Tech-forward appraisal firms have long hoped regulators would look favorably on hybrid and remote appraisals conducted with third-party data providers. Covid-19 gave alternative appraisal processes a foot in the door. HouseCanary CEO Jeremy Sicklick.

The appraiser can’t be replaced by technology – Here’s why

Housing Wire

The public response to the recent Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Request for Information on appraisal-related issues was significant, with 164 unique written comments. ” The Value of the Human Appraiser. Fast forward 25 plus years and appraisers are busier than ever.

UWM will partially refund borrowers for late appraisals

Housing Wire

United Wholesale Mortgage ( UWM ) unveiled a new policy this week, telling brokers that appraisals will be completed within 10 business days or they’ll refund 50% of the appraisal cost back to the customer.

Housing Market Predictions for 2022 and Other Appraisal News

McKissock

As the end of the year approaches, housing market predictions for 2022 abound. Redfin predicts a more balanced residential market in 2022. Predictions for the top housing markets of 2022 may surprise you. Plus, what will it take to modernize the appraisal process?

CoreLogic’s chief appraiser to speak at HW Annual

Housing Wire

Big changes are ahead in the valuation space, most recently seen with the FHFA asking for input on appraisal modernization efforts. Will hybrid appraisals become the new norm? Are the GSEs going to expand the use of appraisal waivers?

Experienced Appraisers Share Their Number One Tips for New Appraisers

McKissock

Are you just starting your real estate appraisal career? Last month we asked our appraisal community, “If you could give ONE piece of advice to a new appraiser, what would it be?” Network with other appraisers. ” “Diversify your appraisal practice!”

Global DMS transforms appraisal management software

Housing Wire

Finding an appraisal management software for real estate and commercial that works the way each individual lender does is difficult – usually resulting in time-consuming configurations, development work and training.