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November 1st, 2022 12:49 AM
Fannie Mae September 2022 Fannie Mae Appraiser Update. In this edition, we explore the topic of competency. First, we focus on why competency matters and the important role appraisers have. Next, we dive into a discussion of how to gain and maintain competency.

We also provide an update on the Appraiser Diversity Initiative (ADI) and introduce you to a few of the appraiser trainees that have been through the program.

Your engagement is critical to help inform our ongoing efforts to improve processes, standardize data, and implement technology solutions 
— and we love hearing from you! Please continue to use the Contact Us button below for appraisers to share what’s on your mind and submit feedback and questions on appraisal topics.

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Standardized Property Measuring Guidelines from Fannie Mae 04/01/2022

Appraisers are now required to use the Square Footage-Method for Calculating: ANSI® Z765-2021 (American National Standards Institute®)
measuring standard for measuring, calculating, and reporting above and below grade square footage(s) to determine gross living area (GLA) and
non-GLA areas of subject properties for appraisals requiring interior and exterior inspections with effective dates of April 1, 2022 or later on loans
sold to Fannie Mae.

All footprint sketches and floor plans must be computer-generated (not hand-drawn), indicate all the dimensions needed to calculate the above/
below grade and finished/unfinished square footage of each level and other areas such as a garage, and show the calculations to demonstrate
how the square footage was derived.


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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 and real estate valuation standards and appraiser criteria, including promoting a fair, unbiased, transparent, repeatable valuation process, and for other purposes.”

VaCAP encourages everyone to read, analyze and think through how this will impact you and your business.  It does not matter if you agree or disagree with the content of the Bill, it is important to discuss the the content with all of your US Representatives. Our Representatives will be the ones who ultimately vote on this Bill and they need to understand what they are agreeing to. More importantly, how will this impact the public.

Ideally, having a face to face conversation is preferred, but realizing that is not an easy task for most, email is convenient and provides documentation of your opinions and observations. However, there is no guarantee your representative will actually see the email. Most have staff that filter and respond to email.

Go old school and send a letter. This is more likely to actually been seen and read by your Representative.

We realize some appraisers are still very busy and some have started to slow a bit. If you are able to have a face to face conversation with your Representatives, please follow up highlighting your conversation either by email or letter.

The reality is the more our Representatives hear about the Bill, the more they pay attention. What we don’t want to happen is this bill, or any bill for that matter, to be voted on by our Representatives that have no idea what they are voting on.

Find you Representatives here.

You have a voice, please use it!

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March 17th, 2022 1:12 PM
ACI renewal 2022 or switch to Total?

ACI fees have doubled. Not happy about that. It has not crashed much lately but still does crash. The subscription has changed to a per computer yearly license even though I purchased over ten licenses ten years which was supposed to be a lifetime. I am still scratching my head on this one. I requested to speak to a manager because I feel I am getting stiffed. Alamode has more features such as total mobile and the new comps validation data integrator called "QuickSource," which seems like a good idea (wonder where they're getting the peer data from?) The bottom line is about the cost, and I can not justify paying over $1,799. The price is the initial elite membership discount, which goes up to $2,198 after the first year's discount hook; the stated prices a year for software that only gives customer support and updates now and then is highway robbery when you think about it. Windows 11 is the operating system that allows you to control the computer. They update the operating system regularly at no extra cost. The purchase price for Windows 11 with updates is $109.99 as of 03/17/2022 with no renewal fees or yearly subscription. Why do we have to pay 2k a year for renewals? If I estimate the lower fee I paid ACI over the years for 20 years, that's 13k, not to mention the extra cost for flood, location maps, and other add-ons. At the rate Alamode is going, I will be paying 40k for 20 years. Not cool. I know some would say comparing an operating system to an appraisal software is not fair, but I would argue it is fair because both monologize your business somehow. Yes, you can change software companies, but who has the time or wants to change software vendors when you are used to the one you are using. It would take a large change to make appraisers want to switch, which is why Alamode is offering to pay off your contract with a competitor because they know once they got you, that payoff will be made back ten folds (marketing 101). It is all starting to get on my nerves.

Signed, concerned appraiser.

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March 8th, 2022 1:23 PM
Did you know that March is Women’s History Month and March 8th is International Women’s Day?
This designated time encourages all of us to reflect on, and celebrate the strides made in, women empowerment globally.
Together, we can take it further and make more progress in support of women's rights - socially, economically, culturally, and politically. #BreaktheBias  

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Appraisers will be required to use the Square Footage-Method for Calculating: ANSI® Z765-2021 (American National Standards Institute®) Measuring Standard for measuring, calculating, and reporting gross living area (GLA) and non-GLA areas of subject properties for appraisals requiring interior and exterior inspections with effective dates of April 1, 2022.  

For more information see the following article:

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Why the DC housing market is so competitive for buyers

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WASHINGTON – The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) today announced that it will begin requiring lenders originating new Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECMs), commonly referred to as reverse mortgages, to provide a second property appraisal under certain circumstances. FHA is instructing lenders to provide a second independent property appraisal in cases where FHA determines there may be inflated property valuations.

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Posted by Wayne Henry on October 3rd, 2018 2:37 PMLeave a Comment

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Severe appraiser shortage hurting market

Aug. 6, 2018

By Mortgage Daily staff

A severe shortage of real estate appraisers has North Dakota officials making a request to waive appraisal reports, at least temporarily, on some residential loans. Banking regulators see the move as necessary.

In some parts of the state, appraisal are reportedly taking up to three months. As a result, some of the transactions have fallen through -- hurting timely credit availability for prospective borrowers and slowing economic development.

joint request was made by North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, Department of Financial Institutions Commissioner Lise Kruse and the North Dakota Bankers Association to the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council's Appraisal Subcommittee.

A temporary waiver of appraisal requirements that are currently required by North Dakota law is being sought by the state for federally related real estate mortgage loans issued by banks or credit unions.

North Dakota law requires independent evaluations regardless of the transaction amount. Federal requirements allow appraisals to be waived on single-family loans up to $250,000.

The state is asking for a temporary waiver on residential loans up to $500,000.

John Ryna, president and chief executive officer of the CSBS, noted in a written statement, "The challenges experienced by lenders obtaining timely appraisals is impacting local communities and economic development nationwide. The fact that North Dakota's governor, top financial regulator and banking community are raising it to the federal level sends an extremely important message that there is a problem in the marketplace."


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Fannie Mae is discontinuing the use of Form 1004MC (Market Conditions), the government-sponsored enterprise announced July 30 at the Appraisal Institute Annual Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. The GSE is expected to officially announce the change when it releases its updated Selling Guide in the coming weeks. 
Form 1004MC was released in November 2008, and from the start many appraisers said they found its use inappropriate for many market situations and conditions. Members of the AI Government Relations Committee expressed this opinion to Fannie Mae during recent discussions on ways the GSE could improve its policies and procedures. 
Reporting market trend activity will remain an important undertaking for appraisers and they will continue to do so even without the requirement to complete Form 1004MC. 
Freddie Mac has yet to make a similar announcement about discontinuing use of 1004MC, but the move by Fannie Mae may compel a similar policy change to maintain competitive posture. 
AI will monitor the situation and report new developments when they are announced. 

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