HVCC

Appraiser Game Changer: Financial Reform Bill Passes (Bye-Bye HVCC)

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act includes a section referred to as the Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act in Title XIV. The appraisal activities provisions are located within Subtitle F, which includes the following highlights: Sub prime mortgages will require written appraisal reports by state-licensed appraisers, including an… Read More

Decoding Customary and Reasonable Fees

Congress, recognizing that quality reports are dependent on paying appraisers “fairly,” wrote a customary and reasonable fee provision into Dodd-Frank, and going further, stipulated that any independent studies to determine such fees should specifically not take into consideration fees paid by appraisal management companies (AMCs), suggesting their acknowledgment that AMC fees are artificially low. The Interim… Read More

State Watch: Regulating AMCs

State Watch: Regulating AMCs By Mike Antoniak When the Home Valuation Code of Conduct (HVCC) became law May 1, 2009 it had unintended but far-reaching consequences for professional appraisers. “The HVCC, and its perceived need for financial institutions to separate the origination and the appraisal ordering function to preserve appraiser independence, resulted in an explosion… Read More