Category Archives: Appraisal Practice

Is This Fraud or What?

Is the Welcome Mat Down and the Door Opened Wide for Fraud? “What Appraisers Need to Know about Property Data Collection” is a topic of discussion in the latest Fannie Mae Newsletter.  The article describes how property data is being collected and being sent to Fannie Mae to determine the type of valuation that is… Read More »

Is it Really That Difficult?

The information is on the website… They could have picked up the phone and called… They could have sent an email… They could have sent a fax… Did They?   A recruiter for Mueller Services, Inc. (Mueller Reports) contacted a VaCAP member about joining their team as a W-2 employee to complete bifurcated appraisals. Our… Read More »

Breaking: LREAB vs FTC Decision is in!

The decision by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has been released to the public. ” For the foregoing reasons, the petition is DISMISSED for lack of jurisdiction.” The way we understand the next step, the case will go back as an adminstrative proceeding through the FTC, See the nine page decision:  http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/18/18-60291-CV0.pdf   VaCAP… Read More »

Worthy of Reposting and Sharing

AppraisersBlogs has published an article this morning that is worthy of sharing.  The article highlights a reason lenders want automated values and not appraisers.  The reason may surprise you.   Check it out for yourself.  While you are there, please show AppraiserBlogs how much you appreciate their dedication to the profession by clicking a few Google… Read More »

Important Info & Dates

February 5, 2019: This is the last day to submit comments to Federal Agencies concerning raising the minimum threshold for appraisals from $250,000 to $400,000. As of this writing, 275 comments have been received. Come up folks, there are 70,000 plus appraisers in this country, and less than 1% have commented. Please comment and encourage others… Read More »

Warning to Appraisers: AMC asking Appraisers to Violate State Law

Appraisers Beware! VaCAP has been informed an email has been sent to Virginia Appraisers from Xome Vender Manager, Adam Burg. The email, addressed to “undisclosed recipients,”  starts with  “Dear Virginia Appraisers.” The body of the email announces that SunTrust Bank has begun ordering a bifurcated valuation product with an interior inspection.   The appraiser is to… Read More »

2019 Legislative Update

Senate Bill No. 1168 Senate Bill 1168 has been introduced into the Virginia Senate by Senator Bill DeSteph and impacts Real Estate Appraisers and Appraisal Management Companies. The bill allows for a regulatory Board within the Department of Professional Occupation Regulations to “expunge” a disciplinary record of a licensee. See the bill in the Virginia… Read More »