Real Estate Appraiser Independence

Appraisers – Navigating Hybrid Appraisals

  Navigating Hybrid Appraisals By Isaac Peck, Editor What’s all the fuss about hybrid appraisals? Some believe these “desktop” reports are the future of appraising; others view them as the fast track to the profession’s demise. Here’s what you need to know (for now). Desktop reports have been around for years—where an appraiser values a… Read More

“Low Bid” Appraisal Ordering and Its Effect on Quality

“Low Bid” Appraisal Ordering and Its Effect on Quality

by Isaac Peck, Associate Editor   Any appraiser who has worked with Appraisal Management Companies (AMCs) is likely familiar with the “order by email-blast” system that some AMCs rely on to fill orders. The process goes like this: an AMC sends an email blast to all appraisers within a… Read More

Appraiser Sues Over Blacklisting

Editor’s Note: This story, one of several recent instances of lone appraisers fighting back in court, is further proof that the tide is turning for appraisers: consider the spate of legislative reform now under consideration to support appraiser independence- as reported in the current WRE, and the stunning Fannie/Cuomo agreement, which while flawed, is a… Read More