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Who Owns Data?

Who Owns the Data? By David Brauner, Editor Here’s a riddle: what do the following have in common: copyrighting appraisals, the Intended User/Intended Use provision in USPAP, Item 21 on the Fannie Mae form, data mining and the FNC lawsuit, automated appraisals (AMVs), and perhaps, the future of appraising? Apparently, they have everything in common.… Read More

Are AVMs Appraisals?

Editor’s Note: In our cover story last issue, “AVM Tango! Man or Machine?” we reported that as a result of our AVM questions, Appraisal Standards Board (ASB) Chair Greg Accetta indicated further clarification would be forthcoming. Here is a statement issued by the Appraisal Foundation in June 2007 (www.appraisalfoundation.org). Are AVMs Appraisals? Appraisal Standards Board… Read More

Risks of Changing Intended User Statements

Editor’s Note: Here is a question (and answer), concerning the proper intended user statement when the form and intended use conflict with one another. Scope of Work: Q&A by David Braun, MAI, SRA Risks of Changing Intended User Statements (Question from Howard Goheen, Phoenix Appraisal Service) “Dear David (Braun)…We’ve worked hard to get up to… Read More

MARI: Solving the Blacklisting Mystery

Editor’s Note: The following Q&A with MARI results from its name coming up again and again as the source of complaints against appraisers. The responses are from Merle Sharick, Vice President – National Manager of Business Development, Mortgage Asset Research Institute (MARI), a ChoicePoint company. Mr. Sharick has been at MARI for four years, after… Read More

Federal Suit Alleges Misuse of Appraiser’ Data by FNC

Editor’s Note: You can find the class action, filed by a group of appraisers against FNC, Inc., at the bottom of this page. Federal Suit Alleges Misuse of Appraisers’ Data by FNC by David Brauner, Editor In a federal class action, a group of appraisers from across the country has filed a complaint against FNC,… Read More