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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 »

It’s Just Responsible Journalism

The local television station WWBT, NBC 12 in the Richmond market is airing a story on Thursday February 22 during the 6:00 News Broadcast about racial bias in real estate appraisals.  We know this is not a new topic and previous stories that have aired have been extremely one sided and not from the appraiser’s… Read More »

New Legislation Impacting Appraisers

  House Bill 53 has been introduced into the 2024 Virginia General Assembly, directly impacting Virginia Real Estate Appraisers. The legislation introduced by R. Lee Ware places a statute of limitations for damages against appraisers and appraisal management companies at 5 years.     SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED: Actions against real estate appraisers or appraisal management… Read More »

Could it be True?

  At the recent Virginia Appraisal Board Meeting on Wednesday June 28th,  a discussion occurred about Appraisal Management Companies prohibiting appraisers from including their invoices with the appraisal report.  The overall consensus of the Board Members was this practice could be a violation of Virginia Appraisal Management Company Statute § 54.1-2022 B.  “B. The appraisal… Read More »

We the People…

Appraisers have been the target for blame for everything gone wrong in the mortgage lending world.  We were blamed for the Savings and Loan collapse, the financial crisis of 2008, and appraisal bias and racial discrimination. Appraisers have even been the target on loans gone bad after several years on payments. Yep, we have been… Read More »

New Development- Pay Attention

VaCAP has been informed of a Discussion Draft of a Bill introduced into the US House of Representatives that will directly impact every appraiser, appraiser trainee, appraisal firm, and appraisal management company..   From the discussion draft, the purpose of the Bill: “To establish an independent agency to be known as the Federal Valuation Agency… Read More »

Is Georgia Going Rogue?

  VaCAP has learned the Georgia Real Estate Appraisal Board is considering rescinding rule 539-1-.23. This rule is the customary and reasonable fee requirement to appraisers from appraisal management companies.  The matter will be decided at a 9:30 AM Sunday July17, 2022 meeting. From the Georgia Real Estate Commission and Appraisal Board: Purpose:     In… Read More »

Are They Finally Listening?

The CFPB is reviewing bias in Automatic Valuation Models (AVMs). The proposed rules are a joint effort by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Office of the Controller of the Currency, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the National Credit Union Administration and the Federal Housing Finance Agency. These agencies are concerned AVMS may reflect bias… Read More »

Sadden by the Passing of a Colleague

We are saddened to share the passing of our colleague, Mike Miller. Mike was active in the appraisal community for over 30 years and was appointed to the Virginia Real Estate Appraisal Board several times. His dedication to the profession was deep. Many appraisers, both commercial and residential were trained through his office.  Our thoughts and… Read More »

PSST… Want to buy a Bridge in Brooklyn?

This is what Class Valuation appears to be doing to justify their actions. According to the article written by Richard Torne in Mortgage Professional America, Class Valuation has announced the acquisition of DataMaster.  From the article:   “Were not replacing the appraiser, we’re empowering them” Appraisers have had their fair share of discussions on Class… Read More »