AMCs Blog Posts

Friday, April 25, 2014

In This Episode - Earlier this year, Fannie Mae announced the launch of its Appraiser Quality Monitoring system, or AQM. Essentially, the AQM is a government-derived type of system that monitors the quality and consistency of your appraisal reports. With this system in place, the agencies will be able to determine whether your work requires consistent, ongoing review or if you will end up on government-level “do not use” list.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

In This Episode - Guest Todd Stevens, an attorney with the San Diego based firm Keeney, Waite and Stevens joins host Brian Trotier. Todd works with appraisers on issues in E&O, licensing and blacklisting.

They are discussing issues related these blacklists and the potentially detrimental effects they can have on appraisal businesses. Recently, government sponsored enterprises (GSEs) implemented an Appraiser Quality Monitoring system, or AQM, in a widespread effort to flag problem loans and identify “questionable” appraisals. By putting their reports under greater scrutiny, the GSEs aim to weed out USPAP violators by implementing standardized measurements for appraisal comparison.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

About Cornerstone Report Radio with Brian Trotier

Cornerstone Report Radio was created for real estate professionals like you who want easy access to information when you’re out in the field. If you don’t have time to read a lot of articles and blog posts, these short, 10-minute episodes will give you the information you need to stay up-to-date on trends and issues that affect your work and your livelihood.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Thinning wallets and dwindling fees for work performed are nothing new for the appraisal community. Yet in their latest income-reducing move, AMCs have sparked an outcry by requiring appraisers to foot the bill for additional services. These charges are further cutting into appraisers’ fees, which already suffer from AMC management fee deductions.

Recently, FREA uncovered two hidden costs being introduced by AMCs – which of these have you experienced?

 

Technology Usage

An increasing tendency among AMCs is the passing of technology fees on to appraisers. When an AMC orders a home valuation, the appraiser must submit the report through the AMC's authorized software. However,...

Monday, April 14, 2014

For the six government agencies (FDIC, Federal Reserve, OCC, CFPB, FHFA, NCUA) who banded together to issue the recent proposed set of rules for Appraisal Management Companies (AMCs) it’s report card time! (To see the full press release from the FDIC click here)

For the purpose of this report card we will use a standard grading system of A-F and explain our grading and point out additional, important questions the proposed rules raise that are as yet unanswered.

1)    Register in the state and be subject to its supervision.

-       This is a great start. We agree there needs...

Friday, February 21, 2014

Recently it has come to our attention a firm called Savant Claims Management from Plano, Texas is mailing letters to appraisers alleging damages from old (2007 and older) residential appraisals. The claim letter is being sent on behalf of an alleged investor called First Mutual Group, LP which claims to be the successor in interest to one or more failed lenders. The letter is not signed by anyone and gives no contact name whatsoever.

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Monday, November 11, 2013

“I was just asked by an AMC to get a background check. Do I have to comply?”

As risk management advisors for Appraisers and Inspectors, this is one of the questions we hear over and over again.

Let’s face it -- appraisal fees are lower than ever before. Essentially, AMCs are asking you to do the same amount of work for less pay. In some cases, they’re even asking you to do more work....

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

I recently read a summary of an interview of James Gorman, CEO of Morgan Stanley. When Gorman was asked about the chances of another financial crisis like the one we had 5 years ago occurring, he replied that “the probability of it happening again in our lifetime is as close to zero as I could imagine”. To this statement, my reply is quite simply “bull----!”