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WHAT’S NEW IN THE APPRAISAL INDUSTRY THIS WEEK

by David Lister | July 16, 2019

Valuing Timeshares Requires Special Care: The Appraisal Journal

Special care must be taken to understand the timeshare interest and the competitive market in which that interest would sell, according to an article published this week in The Appraisal Journal that explores key issues facing appraisers when valuing timeshares.

The Appraisal Journal is the quarterly technical and academic publication of the Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers. The materials presented in the publication represent the opinions and views of the authors and not necessarily those of the Appraisal Institute.

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Appraisal Institute Urges Congress to Address Valuation Issues

The president of the Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers, encouraged Congress to act on valuation topics during today’s hearing on Capitol Hill.

Stephen S. Wagner, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, told the House Financial Services Committee’s Housing, Community Development and Insurance Subcommittee that the Appraisal Institute supports passage of H.R. 2852, which would allow licensed appraisers to perform appraisals for Federal Housing Administration loans.

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FHA Delays Rule Requiring Digital Signatures On Appraisals

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) is delaying a rule that would require appraisals uploaded to its electronic platform to be digitally signed.

The FHA had previously announced that XML Digital Signatures will be required on all appraisals uploaded to its Electronic Appraisal Delivery (EAD) System. XML is a method of digital authentication that is secure, flexible and fairly ubiquitous; it is already in use on many digital appraisals submitted to the FHA.

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Appraisal Reform Act of 2019 Would Impact TRID

A&B Abstract:
If enacted, the recently introduced Appraisal Reform Act of 2019 would amend RESPA to require the disclosure of the appraisal management fee separate from the appraisal fee on the loan estimate (LE) and closing disclosure (CD). This could impose an additional burden on lenders and appraisal management companies (AMCs).

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Residential Real Estate Appraisal in Westchester County, NY

by David Lister | July 09, 2019

Westchester County is one of the primary places I appraise residential real estate. It sits just north of the Bronx of New York City and is primarily suburban areas.

The county has approximately 980,000 people over 450 square miles. It is made up of dozens of villages, towns, and cities. Each has its own unique style, homes, attractions, and school district. The school districts are one of the primary drivers of value in Westchester. When appraising here, I am very careful to stay within the school district for comparables. Comparing homes across school districts can lead to inaccurate results.

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To Pool or not to Pool?

by David Lister | June 07, 2019

I told my wife when we were first married, “I am never buying a house with a pool.” That pretty much sealed the deal. I was going to end up with a house with a pool and ten years later, we bought a house with a pool. We loved the house and the pool happened to come with it.

I have people ask me all the time, “Do pools add value to a home?” or “Should I put in a pool?” Answer is: “depends”, as it does many times in the appraisal world.

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What Is An Appraisal?

by David Lister | June 01, 2019

An appraisal is an opinion of value from a licensed or certified appraiser. The Appraisal Institute states on their website:

An appraisal is a professional appraiser’s opinion of value. The preparation of an appraisal involves research into appropriate market areas; the assembly and analysis of information pertinent to a property; and the knowledge, experience, and professional judgment of the appraiser. Appraisals may be required for any type of property, including single-family homes, apartment buildings and condominiums, office buildings, shopping centers, industrial sites, and farms. The reasons for performing a real property appraisal are just as varied. They are usually required whenever real property is sold, mortgaged, taxed, insured, or developed.

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ASK DAVID: SHOULD YOU GET AN APPRAISAL BEFORE MAKING AN

OFFER?

by David Lister | Mar 08, 2019

Another question I always get asked is “Should I get an appraisal before I make an offer to purchase a home?”

The majority of buyers in the US market get a mortgage when they are purchasing the home and in most of these cases an appraisal is ordered by the bank to ensure the home’s value is at least as much as the buyer is offering to pay. The bank wants to make sure their investment is secure. The appraiser is hired by the bank and the buyer is provided a copy. However, some appraisers appraise a home at the contract price or it greatly influences the appraisal.

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ASK DAVID: HOW DO YOU PREPARE FOR A HOME APPRAISAL?

by David Lister | Mar 07, 2019

I always get asked the question, “What do I need to do before I have an appraisal done?” The truth is, you don’t need to do anything, BUT it helps to do a few things so that the process is smooth and you maximize the value of your home.

Banks do not want any safety or health hazards in the home. This throws up a red flag and typically will have the appraiser come back to inspect the problem area. It is best to address these items before. Some of the common items I see that could be considered a safety hazard.

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