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News from Appraisal Scoop:
Real Estate Appraisers Optimistic About Future: Appraisal Institute Survey
7/21/2013 6:51 AM
CHICAGO (July 17, 2013) – More than three-fourths of U.S. real estate appraisers are very or somewhat positive about the demand for their services over the next one to two years, according to an Appraisal Institute survey released today. Eighty... Read More
Solidifi successfully launches EXTRAordinary Appraiser Program to the mortgage industry
7/21/2013 6:51 AM
BUFFALO, N.Y., July 11, 2013 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Solidifi, the country"s third largest independent provider of residential real estate appraisals and appraisal service provider of choice for 50% of the top 50 lenders in the U.S., turned the spotlight on... Read More
Agencies Issue Proposed Rule to Exempt Subset of Higher-Priced Mortgage Loans from Appraisal Requirements
7/21/2013 6:51 AM
WASHINGTON— Six federal financial regulatory agencies today issued a proposed rule that would create exemptions from certain appraisal requirements for a subset of higher-priced mortgage loans. The proposed exemptions are intended to save borrowers time and money and to promote... Read More
Senate Bill to Abolish Fannie and Freddie Hits the Floor
7/21/2013 6:51 AM
A bill to abolish the two government sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae will finally be introduced today after months of preparation. Although not widely believed to be passable in its current form, any iteration is likely to... Read More
The appraisal profession - Looking ahead, the current system needs some enhancements
7/21/2013 6:51 AM
GUEST AUTHOR: William Pastuszek, MAI, SRA, MRA heads Shepherd Associates, Newton, Mass - See more at: New England Real Estate Journal Network. Do you remember how you became an appraiser? Did you have a friend in the business? A mentor?... Read More
10 Tips for Brokers to Help the Appraisal Process - Appraisal Insight Blog
7/21/2013 6:51 AM
REPRINTED FROM APPRAISAL INSIGHT BLOG - AUTHOR: Vic Knight has been a licensed real estate broker in North Carolina since 1984. He"s also a Certified General Appraiser in the state and is past president of the North Carolina Association of... Read More
Market Challenges - Adopting an Offensive Playbook
7/21/2013 6:51 AM
GUEST POST: Sally Carothers, SRA, FRICS, Chief Appraiser, CU Appraisal Services, LLC. Founding board member of the Ohio Coalition of Appraisal Professionals (OCAP) As we move towards the middle of 2013, there are there are several key economic indicators to... Read More
Stiffed Appraisers Go After Chase - Working RE Magazine
7/21/2013 6:51 AM
Guest Author Isaac Peck is the Associate Editor of Working RE Magazine and Marketing Coordinator at, a leading provider of E&O insurance for appraisers, inspectors, and other real estate professionals in 49 states. He received his Bachelors in Business... Read More
Appraisal Institute: How Landscaping Can Impact Home Values
7/21/2013 6:51 AM
Source: Posted By susanne On May 19, 2013 @ 1:06 PM In Business Outlook,Real Estate Information,Real Estate News,Real Estate Trends,Today"s Top Story The Appraisal Institute recently advised homeowners to properly maintain their landscaping, which can significantly affect property values. “If... Read More
U.S. Senate Candidate FINALLY Pays 2005 Residential Appraisal Fee
7/21/2013 6:51 AM
Mass. GOP Senate candidate pays 2005 appraisal fee by Steve LeBlanc Associated Press / May 16, 2013 BOSTON (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Gabriel Gomez said he has paid an eight-year-old, $1,000 bill for an appraisal on his Cohasset... Read More

News from Appraisal Scoop:
Mortgage Rates Down Only Slightly Despite Bond Market Rally
1/25/2021 3:24 PM
What"s a bond market rally and why should mortgage rates care?  There are all kinds of bonds.  US Treasuries would be the quintessential example, but there are also bonds specific to the mortgage market.  These are what groups of loans ultimately become in order to be traded on ...Read More
How Long Can The Good Times Last For Housing and Rates?
1/22/2021 3:23 PM
While it wasn"t quite the biggest surprise of 2020, the strength of the housing market was one of the best. The just-released numbers for December keep the good times rolling. Leading the charge was December"s Existing Home Sales report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR).  The annual pace wasn"t Read More
Mortgage Rates Almost Back to Early January Levels
1/21/2021 2:36 PM
Mortgage rates made more progress today, but only after some drama in the morning.  The bond market started the day in weaker territory and many mortgage lenders were offering higher rates as a result.  As the day progressed, bonds improved and lenders adjusted their offerings accordingly. ...Read More
Mortgage Rates Making Steady Progress Over The Past Week
1/20/2021 3:25 PM
Mortgage rates are off to a decent start this week with the average lender offering slightly better terms compared to last Friday.  The progress actually began earlier last week.  On Tuesday morning, rates were at their highest levels in exactly 2 months after jumping at a relatively quick pace in r...Read More
The Real Story Behind The Past 2 Weeks of Mortgage Rate Volatility
1/15/2021 3:41 PM
It was easy to get lulled into complacency by the second half of 2020 when it came to mortgage rates. Even as other indicators said rates should be rising, they continued on a calm journey to multiple record lows. 2021 has been very different so far! Covid and its impacts on the economy remain the driving forces behind m...Read More
Mortgage Rates Continue Healing, But Remain Well Above Recent Lows
1/13/2021 3:32 PM
Mortgage rates had another solid day today--this time without any of the early drama seen yesterday.  If you"re just getting caught up, the bond market (which drives day-to-day interest rate movement) has been selling off aggressively since the Jan 5th Georgia senate election.  When bonds sell-...Read More
Mortgage Rates Find Some Support After an Ugly Start
1/12/2021 3:22 PM
Mortgage rates were off to a very bad start this morning, but recovered a portion of what they lost by the end of the day.  The specifics depend greatly on the lender in question.  Sadly, few if any lenders are still able to offer the rates seen yesterday.  To make matters worse, yesterday...Read More
Rates Rising at Fastest Pace in Months
1/11/2021 4:41 PM
Mortgage rates are coming off a rough week--the roughest, in fact, since June 2020 by some measures.  That"s the last time rates rose this quickly for market-driven reasons.  There were a few instances of bigger moves in Aug/Sept as the new refinance fee was announced, delayed, and ultimately implem...Read More
Have We Seen The End of Record Low Rates?
1/8/2021 2:43 PM
While it might not seem like the sort of thing mortgage rates should care about, the senate run-off election in Georgia was by far and away this week"s most important event.  This wasn"t a surprise either.  In fact, interest rates have been bracing for this potential impact since the inconclusive results in early November.  B...Read More
Mortgage Rates Are Actually HIGHER Today and This Week
1/7/2021 4:40 PM
Mortgage rates moved higher today, but only a modest pace compared to yesterday (read more about yesterday"s rate rout HERE).  Over the past two days, the average rate quote for a top tier conv...Read More

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