volume 32

Checkbox Chimps and Review Appraisals

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Appraisers are coining a new term for certain appraisal management company (AMC) staff - “Checkbox Chimps.” These are the personnel who are “reviewing” appraisals, and no matter how solid they may be, are instructing appraisers to change their reports. Are they really providing an “appraisal review” or are they just checking boxes on a form? Are… Read More

Professional Marketplace

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WRE Issues

Professional Marketplace Insurance, Education, Information Individual Appraiser E&O Rates Per Claim/Annual Aggregate Most States $1,000,000 / $2,000,000 $650.00 $500,000 / $1,000,000 $573.00 $300,000 / $600,000 $501.00 Please Note: Rates vary by state. Commercial rates are slightly higher. Please call or visit www.orep.org for more (888-347-5273). A standard deductible of $500 per claim/$1,000 aggregate is included… 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

Texas Fee Survey Unpacked

Texas Fee Survey Unpacked by David Brauner, Editor The most recent appraisal industry survey reveals interesting results, mainly because both appraisers and appraisal management companies (AMCs) participated. The Texas Appraisers and Appraisal Management Company Survey, as the title suggests, sampled appraisers and AMCs in Texas only. Despite this limitation, certain survey results will be of… Read More

Tips from Appraisal Subcommittee

Jim Park, Executive Director of the Appraisal Subcommittee (ASC), has valuable information for appraisers regarding their professional information posted publically on the National Registry of Appraisers and more. Last year, when Park spoke at the Valuation Expo in San Antonio, many appraisers wondered why the “complaint hotline,” established under Dodd-Frank nearly three years ago, was taking… Read More

AMC Fails: Appraisers Stiffed Again

Editor’s Note: Fast becoming one the profession’s most pressing problems, another AMCs has failed; this time leaving individual appraisers owed thousands or tens of thousands of dollars. How the lender and regulators respond may create important precedence for the industry. AMC Fails: Appraisers Stiffed Again by Isaac Peck, Associate Editor Evaluation Solutions/ES Appraisal Services is… Read More

Survey Results: How Reasonable are Appraisal Turn Times?

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Surveys/Results

Survey Results: How Reasonable are Appraisal Turn Times? (And is Quality Affected?) by David Brauner, Editor As of this writing, 2,455 appraisers have participated in the OREP/Working RE How Reasonable are Appraisal Turn Times? Survey. Find the data below. Appraisers report that turn times are unreasonable much of the time. Further, turn time demands do… Read More

AMC Fails: Appraisers and Agents Stiffed Again

Editor’s Note: Fast becoming one the profession’s most pressing problems, another AMCs has failed; this time leaving individual agents/brokers owed thousands or tens of thousands of dollars. How the lender and regulators respond may create important precedence for the industry. AMC Fails: Appraisers and Agents Stiffed Again By Isaac Peck Evaluation Services/ES Appraisal Services is… Read More