Warning to Appraisers

We have all been there; you are busy and you lose track of your accounts receivables. Suddenly, you have 45, 60 and 90 day past due invoices.  VaCAP wants to remind you to pay attention not only to your receivables, but industry news to make informed decisions going forward. Two days ago HousingWire reported Ocwen… Read More »

Covid 19 Issues Addressed

  Fannie and Freddie have come out with updated guidelines for appraisals. There is much confusion on what is and what is not required. The below matrix simplified what is allowed by Fannie Mae. Additional questions and answers can be found on Lender Letter LL-2020-04. The unknown to the appraiser is the  ownership of the loan. … Read More »

Something Different

As we all navigate the unchartered territory we find ourselves in during this pandemic period, much attention is being placed on supporting local small businesses and restaurants. True, we need to support them, but what about those once in a lifetime events that so many are missing out on?  Adults take so much for granted… Read More »

The New Normal

Ok appraisers let us be blunt about the Covid -19 Virus. It is serious and no one should be ignoring all the warnings. We could learn a thing or two from other countries that have experienced the outbreak prior to us. Fannie, Freddie, HUD and VA have all altered their appraisal requirements as a result… Read More »

Appraisers Pandemic World

Everyone, not just appraisers is getting bombarded with information on Covid-19. So much of the information differs, it is hard to know what is real, hype or hysteria. So much has been shared within the appraisal groups on social media that there are more conversations about Covid-19 then appraisals. VaCAP is a volunteer organization of… Read More »

Crazy Dumb Things

Well who said 2020 would be a nice calm year for appraisers?  VaCAP has been receiving messages from appraisers about some of the crazy dumb stuff lenders and amcs are doing. What is scary is the things we are hearing are very reminiscent of 12-15 years ago. A long time VaCAP member forwarded an appraisal… Read More »

Appraisal Organizations Step Up

Over the past week or so, Presidential Candidate Joe Biden publicly called for more regulation and oversight over appraisers to combat racial bias.  He specifically cited the Brookings Institute Study ” The Devaluation of Assets in Black Neighborhoods, The Case of Residential Property”  If you are unfamiliar with this study, in a nutshell, the findings… Read More »

Great News to Share

Last week we shared with you Congresswoman Maxine Waters and  Congressman William Lacy Clay requested a formal study/investigation into Title XI (FIRREA) and the recent dilution of its intent by the Federal Agencies. VaCAP has learned GAO has agreed to complete the study. The Network of State Coalitions has sent the following to their state… Read More »

Breaking: Appraisal Concerns in the Spotlight in DC

Congresswoman Maxine Waters and  Congressman William Lacy Clay request a formal study/investigation into  Title XI (FIRREA) and the recent dilution of its intent by the Federal Agencies. The letter to  Gene Dodaro, Comptroller General, Government Accountability Office, addresses threshold increases, regulatory exemptions, appraisal waivers, the North Dakota appraiser certification waiver and evaluations in lieu of… Read More »

VREAB Meeting with CE Credit

The Virginia Real Estate Appraisal Board meets tomorrow February 11th @ 10:00 AM. The meeting will be held at the DPOR offices located at 9960 Mayland Dr Suite 200 Richmond, VA 23233.  There will be a public comment period allowing anyone to address the board with questions, comments or concerns. There are lots of changes… Read More »