Tag Archives: Advocacy

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 »

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 »

Action Required Now

Reminder to Comment – Only Four Days Remain! The FTC is asking for public comments on the consent decree by the Louisiana Real Estate Appraisal Board. The time line to comment is short and ends on July 22, 2021. VaCAP asks each of you to take a few minutes and read the consent decree as… Read More »

Have a Seat Please

              “If you don’t have a seat at the table, you are on the menu.”     Would it be misleading to disclose you performed a personal inspection of a property done with significant appraisal assistance in which you relied on supported demographics? Well maybe… The Appraisal Foundation has… Read More »

The Appraiser’s Conundrum

The Appraisal Foundation has issued an exposure draft for Advisory Opinion 16. Advisory Opinion 16 is Fair Housing Laws: Avoiding Bias in Real Property Appraisal and Appraisal Review Development and Reporting. Unlike other exposure drafts, the text of the advisory opinion has been rewritten. The traditional strike through of word or phrase changes is nonexistent.… Read More »

Not With My Money

Appraisers have some very strong opinions on computer driven appraisals. Others are noticing the dangers as well.  It is more than just automated valuation models though.  In an article written by Danielle DiMartino Booth, for  Bloomberg , Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are specifically called out on their appraisal waivers. The author compares the dangers… Read More »

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 »

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