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Welcome to VaCAP

Welcome to VaCAP VaCAP works to promote the appraisal profession and its image to elected and appointed public officials in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the users of appraisal services, and the general public. VaCAP initiates discussion and analysis of issues affecting professional appraisers and monitors the actions of State governmental bodies with the intent to… Read More »

The Importance of an Appraiser

The Importance of an Appraiser Simply put, an appraiser is the only person within a real estate transaction that is unbiased and is not compensated based on a sale price or loan amount. Agents, lenders, and loan officers are all compensated based on a percentage of the loan amount or sale price. They have an… Read More »

Announcements

VREAB Meeting The Virginia Real Estate Appraiser Board Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday May 1, 2019. Please note this is on a Wednesday, not Tuesday, like the other meetings. The Bifurcated Appraisal Guidance document is on the agenda to be discussed.  The meeting will be held at the usual location and start at 10:00 AM. Department… Read More »

Appraisers vs. Machines

Appraisers vs. Machines Collateral risk analysis (appraisals being a key element of that) is partially art, partially science.  Those two facets are blended inseparably, like a soup…the  ingredients can’t be separated.  While computers can undeniably perform certain tasks better than humans (such as the handling of large amounts of data) appraisers can perform other absolutely… Read More »

No Payment to Appraisers

Last week VaCAP shared information on Clarocity Corporation and how the main investor StableView Assets was seizing the shares and foreclosing on the working assets, which includes Clarocity Valuation Services.  StableView in turn had an agreement to sell Clarocity Valuation Services to I Look About. We warned to proceed with caution or do not proceed… Read More »

Judge Orders Quicken and DOJ/ HUD to Mediation

Going on  over three years now, the  law suit between the Department of Justice and HUD against Quicken Loans was ordered to mediation to settle prior to the upcoming trial start date. The allegation that is the center of the lawsuit,  concerns  loans Quicken submitted to FHA that  did not comply with HUD/ FHA requirements.… Read More »

We Are Excited to Share….

VaCAP is now on Twitter!  This is another step towards our consumer campaign. We will be writing and sharing articles on consumer protection for our members to share with their social media contacts. This is an easy way to educate the consumer on the importance of an independent appraiser. Be sure to like and follow… Read More »

Proceed with Caution

VaCAP has been following the Clarocity Corporation Soap Opera since one of our members had trouble getting paid from them back in November of 2017.  After doing a bit more research on them, we issued a warning to our members in December 2017 to pay attention as Clarocity was in financial trouble. We kept watching… Read More »

Price Fixing, Who’s Shocked?

The State of Pennsylvania has filed a class action law suit against some of the biggest banks and financial institutions in the country. The claim is these companies conspired to fix the prices on almost $500 billion in bonds issued by Fannie and Freddie over a mere 5 year period from 2009-2014. The named defendants… Read More »