Fees:  New Rules, New Data

Added:  February 27, 2010

Appraisers are used to toiling away in relative obscurity, but suddenly the national spotlight is shining on the industry, and in an area that normally is shrouded in comparative secrecy:  Fees.  More interestingly, people outside the profession are actually worried that appraisal fees may be too low, not too high.  Click to view

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding The Appraisal Fee Reference (AFR)

Added:  February 24, 2010

We developed the national Appraisal Fee Reference™ to be the authoritative guide to average and median appraisal fees for a base URAR. It is just one of the monthly data sets published as part of our Appraisal Industry Analytics™ practice.
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Avoiding A Race To The Bottom

Added:  February 24, 2010

There's a common misperception out there — especially among appraisal clients — that the "oversupply" of appraisers has created a market where there is no fee too low.  Click to view

HVCC Appraiser Talkback Survey:  What's Really Going On? 

Added:  April 24, 2009

The Working RE HVCC Appraiser Talkback Survey has been posted and so far you've provided some pretty interesting results.  Working RE plans to collect survey data all year and hopes you have much to share, post HVCC, about the state of the profession from your perspective.  Theywill collect and share the data openly with you and with regulators and other interested parti...  Click to view

NAMB Call To Action

Added:  April 23, 2009

As we've written several times before, the HVCC provided ample incentive for mortgage brokers and appraisers to become allies united behind a common cause.  Since we single-handedly bore the cost of raising awareness among appraisers and mortgage brokers about the HVCC last year, we were happy to find afterward that the National Association of Mortgage Brokers (NAMB) re...  Click to view

Unfortunate Sign Of The Times:  Crime

Added:  February 19, 2009

Whenever there's an economic downturn, crime goes up.  The explanation is pretty simple:  When money is flowing freely and jobs are plentiful, the risks of getting caught engaging in a crime outweigh the rewards.  But when money dries up and jobs disappear, local police departments consistently report that crimes of almost all types rise, and especially those involving...  Click to view

Complex Problem, Simple Solution

Added:  February 19, 2009

With each issue of The AppraisalPress, we find ourselves discussing how dramatically things have changed in the short span since the last issue.  While we originally thought we'd be dealing with a rapid comment-and-revision cycle on the proposed HVCC a year ago, we never envisioned it dragging out this long (the "final" HVCC takes effect May 1st), nor did we think there ...  Click to view

Our Official Response To The New Federal Reserve Regulations

Added:  February 18, 2009

The new federal regulations aren't necessarily worse than the HVCC, but they aren't better either.  The huge built-in loopholes prevent them from actually having any beneficial effect in reducing lender pressure, but they also make them somewhat irrelevant since they can be so arbitrarily applied.  Here is our response to these regulations.  Click to view

23 Ways An XSite Will Help You In 2009

Added:  February 10, 2009

Too many appraisers mistake a website as a mere yellow pages ad or online billboard when the reality is a website should also play a key role in how you service your clients and run your business.  Since we're smack dab in the middle of our 23rd successful year in business, let's point out 23 ways an XSite will help you be successful, too.  Click to view

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