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02/12/2016
NAR Offers New Pricing Strategies Certification, Launches Center for REALTOR® Development

WASHINGTON (January 14, 2016) — To capitalize on growing demand for expert property assessment and increased interest in online learning courses, the National Association of Realtors®  is now offering a Pricing Strategies Advisor certification available entirely online through the new Center for Realtor® Development.

The Pricing Strategy Advisor certification combines a course and webinars to enhance Realtors®' skills in pricing properties, working with appraisers, and understanding, finding and making adjustments to comparable properties.  The course is... Read More

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02/12/2016
Pay Your 2016 Appraisal Dues

Payment is due by January 31, 2016. Payments received after January 31, 2016, will be assessed a late fee of $25 for each appraisal designation you hold.



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02/12/2016
Green Home Features Increase Value and Marketability, Say Realtors®

SAN DIEGO (November 14, 2015) –  Realtors® shared strategies for assessing and conveying the value green features bring to homes during the Real Property Valuation Forum today at the 2015 REALTORS® Conference & Expo.

During the forum, panelists focused on the importance of appraisers and listing and buyers agents not only educating themselves on the issues surrounding environmentally friendly and high-performance home features, but on how to market and emphasize those features to... Read More

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02/12/2016
NAR Letter on Appraiser Qualifications

On September 30, 2015, NAR submitted a letter to the Appraiser Qualifications Board (AQB) in response to a paper the AQB released on the difficulties of attracting new appraisers to the business.  NAR urges the AQB to consider alternatives to fulfilling the residential appraisal experience requirements in order to obtain an appraiser’s license.

NAR Letter to the AQB

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02/12/2016
How Green Features Impact Value and Marketability: Real Property Valuation Forum

Discover how to assess and convey the value added by green features; learn about the greening of the MLS; and understand the benefits of sustainable homes. November 14 at 1:30 p.m. during the REALTORS® Conference & Expo. 



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02/12/2016
Dos and Don'ts of Appraiser Communication

David S. Bunton of The Appraisal Foundation explains how agents and brokers can legally and effectively communicate with appraisers. 



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02/12/2016
Frank Gregoire – How To Prepare an Appraisal Package

Video: Appraisers’ roles have evolved, particularly since Dodd-Frank. Agents also must be advocates for the transaction so that a credible appraisal can be performed. Agents can help by preparing an appraisal package. Include MLS and tax roll information, photos and unique aspects about the property. Work together to anticipate and prevent problems during the process. 



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02/12/2016
Board Strengthens Appraiser Qualifications

The Appraiser Qualifications Board (AQB) recently updated the minimum national requirements for becoming a real property appraiser in an effort to continue to advance and attract the best and brightest to the profession. 



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02/12/2016
Appraisal Management Company Not Paying Reasonable Fees, Agency Says

An appraisal management company has agreed to pay a $5,000 administrative fee and adopt a fee schedule after an investigation by the Louisiana Real Estate Appraisal Board.



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02/12/2016
Getting the Word Out About Going Green

The Department of Energy announced yesterday they're partnering with NAR and other organizations to spread the word about the benefit of energy efficiency, so it can be better valued in real estate markets.



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02/12/2016
New Tools, Techniques in Appraisal World

At a forum looking at how technological advancement is changing the world of valuations, experts from the lending, multiple listing services, and real estate worlds discussed frustrations and new developments in the appraisal industry.



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02/12/2016
Final Rule on Appraisal Management Companies

On April 21, 2015, six federal agencies released a joint final rule on minimum requirements for appraisal management companies (AMCs).  NAR supports the agencies' efforts to guide states in registering and supervising AMCs.  NAR commented on aspects of the proposed rule and provided recommendations for calculating appraiser panel membership for registration purposes, how to distinguish between an AMC and appraisal firm, and how the Appraisal Subcommittee could implement standards if a state chooses not to participate.  The final rule is largely the same as the proposed... Read More

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02/12/2016
FHA Electronic Appraisal Delivery

On March 26, 2015, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) published Mortgagee Letter 2015-08, Electronic Appraisal Delivery (EAD) Portal for FHA-Insured Single Family Mortgages.  This Mortgagee Letter announces FHA’s implementation of its EAD portal, and provides information about the portal and its mandatory use with FHA case numbers assigned on and after June 27, 2016. FHA notes that the EAD portal will offer process and technology efficiencies that streamline appraisal data transmission, promote quality up-front appraisal data, and reduce post-endorsement appraisal data... Read More

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02/12/2016
No Liability for Bad Draft Appraisal

READ THE FULL DECISION: Virginia Oak Venture, LLC v. O.D. Fought, Jr.

A Texas court has determined that a commercial property purchaser’s reliance on a draft appraisal provided to the originating lender was unjustifiable.

Jane Tang and her company, Virginia Oak Venture, LLC (“Purchaser”), bought an apartment complex (“Property”) as an investment property.... Read More

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02/12/2016
Fannie Collateral Underwriter Lender Letter

On Feb. 4, 2015, Fannie Mae released Lender Letter 2015-02 to provide clarifications and additional information about Collateral Underwriter, Appraiser Quality Monitoring (AQM) and updates to the Property Eligibility and Appraisal Requirements section of the Selling Guide.

The lender letter stresses that the lender must not make demands or provide instructions to the appraiser based solely on automated feedback.  Before asking the appraiser to consider any additional sales, the lender must determine if the... Read More

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02/12/2016
Fannie Mae’s Collateral Underwriter (CU) Now Available to Lenders

On January 26, 2015, Fannie Mae’s Collateral Underwriter (CU), an appraisal risk-assessment tool, became available to lenders. CU is a tool that lenders can use to assign a risk score to appraisals and identify aspects of the appraisal that may require further attention. The tool can provide the lender a list of additional comps for possible appraiser review. NAR is proactively working with Fannie Mae to address NAR member questions about how lenders are implementing CU and concerns about possible loan closing delays due to additional appraisal reviews. NAR’s Real Property... Read More

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02/12/2016
Fannie Mae’s New Appraisal Risk-Assessment Tool: Collateral Underwriter (CU)

At the end of January 2015, Fannie Mae will make Collateral Underwriter (CU), an appraisal risk-assessment tool, available to lenders.  CU is an optional, free tool that lenders can use to assign a risk score to appraisals and identify aspects of the appraisal that may require further attention.  The tool can provide the lender a list of additional comps for possible appraiser review.  NAR members are concerned that this could add time to the appraisal process and force appraisers to use lower-value, lower-quality comps—a tool that appears to encourage lower-value... Read More

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02/12/2016
Appraisers Are Being Unfairly Targeted

In recent weeks, there have been a number of news articles involving appraisers, including some that have unfairly accused appraisers of inflating home values.



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02/12/2016
The Historical Development of the Appraiser Regulatory System

The Historical Development of the Appraiser Regulatory System, from The Appraisal Foundation.



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02/12/2016
Collateral Underwriter (CU) FAQs

Fannie Mae developed a new proprietary appraisal risk assessment application called Collateral Underwriter™ (CU™). CU will be made available to lenders in January 2015. Here is Fannie Mae's latest FAQ on CU, which addresses some appraiser concerns.



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