Tag Archives: FHFA

Could the CFPB Eliminate AMCs?

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is seeking public comments on the proposed rules for a Qualified Mortgage. The proposed rules require the lender to season the mortgage for 36 months before they can sell it to Fannie or Freddie. What that means is the lender will own that loan for 3 years.  Fast forward if… Read More »

Pause- Take Action Now!

This is a call to action!  Comments on the proposed changes to the 2022-23 USPAP are needed The proposed changes to the reporting requirement of Standard 2 may impact the profession negatively and confuse the public on who we are and what we do. We ask that each and every one of you pause for… Read More »

Are ANSI Standards Changing?

VaCAP has just learned of a meeting on July 22 to discuss and vote on proposed changes to the square footage calculation under ANSI guidelines. The proposed changes were published for public comment which closed in March. The meeting, which is described as a virtual Consensus Committee Meeting  is open to the public, however you… Read More »

Here We Go Again

Appraisers, prepare yourself for what we are about to share. The short sighted proposal is simply nonsensical from every angle.  The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau wants to eliminate the Debt to Income requirement on Qualified Mortgages. You may recall this was proposed a while back and most of the profession objected strongly. Letters, emails and… Read More »

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 »

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 »

AMC Sucker Punches Appraisers

  Class Valuation sucker punches appraisers! Class Valuations has been celebrating completing 1,000,000 orders and sent a Tweet thanking their clients and staff. There is no mention of the boots on the ground licensed professional appraisers who actually completed those appraisals. Is this the true feelings of Class Valuations? Do they not realize not one… Read More »

Hybrid Appraisal = $2,500 Fine to Appraiser

If you still believe a hybrid or bifurcated appraisal is USAP compliant, you may want to take a look at the article and disciplinary action posted on AppriasersBlogs today.  An appraiser who completed a hybrid appraisal was fined $2,500 by the Georgia Real Estate Appraisal Board for 23 violations. Yes you read that correctly, 23… Read More »