q&a

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

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

Valuation Issues & Answers – Foreclosures & Short Sales as Comps

Editor’s Note: In this installment of Valuation Issues and Answers, Lifflander, ASA,explains how to handle foreclosures and short sales when choosing comparables. Valuation Issues & Answers Foreclosures & Short Sales as Comps By John Lifflander, ASA Question: Please explain the difference between an actual foreclosure sale and a short sale. Should short sales be used… Read More

Industry News

Industry News When Do Comps Requests Cross the Line? The following Q&A comes from attendees to the webinar The Top 5 Questions Asked of an Appraiser and How to answer presented by Richard Hagar, SRA. (For more, visit WorkingRE.com, Webinars.) Question: Hi Richard. I took part in your webinar last week on the Top 5… Read More

USPAP Q&A

Editor’s Note: The following Q&A is from Lee Hess, PhD, author of Navigating USPAP. “The USPAP Q&A that have appeared in Working RE previously have generated many additional questions from readers,” said Hess. “Here are more questions and answers that affect the every day practice of appraising.” USPAP Q&A: Clarifying Competency, Reviews, Past Sales &… Read More