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A recent WSJ article argued that appraisals are hindering the housing recovery. I understand the statement that value is whatever the seller and buyer decide it is and appraisals can be contradictory. However, we all know our market is far from a hypothetical ideal. Appraisals are an important part of the home financing process and are here to stay. One piece this article misses is not all lenders order appraisals through an AMC as described. If you're concerned about appraisals hindering the housing recovery you should know that with a different process, you may have a different result.
True, Appraiser Independence prevents me from calling a trusted appraiser to get their thoughts on a property or discussing an ETA for their report – contact is routed through our main office. And honestly I miss these conversations because my appraisers were valued partners in my business and I appreciated their expertise.
One significant adaptation to these requirements is we established our own approved appraiser list for our major markets and do not outsource through a large AMC. When HVCC began, our senior staff asked us which appraisers we worked with and respected. They then reviewed numerous reports from these appraisers and further evaluated their caliber. We chose appraisers who are experienced and seasoned. It is from this pool that we assign our appraisals – not to a large group of strangers.
We have 23 appraisers who serve us in Charlotte and the surrounding areas. They have provided over 445 appraisals year to date. When I receive a client’s appraisal, I know the person who stands behind the report and trust their work.
With the upcoming Uniform Appraisal Dataset (UAD) standardization guidelines starting on September 1st, it’s even more important that our clients have an accurate and quality appraisal. In light of these changes, even if you don’t know your buyer’s appraiser - it’s critical that your lender does.
Looking for a trusted lender who delivers an accurate appraisal? Visit rebeccamadej.com and let Cunningham & Company Mortgage Bankers show you how we help our communities avoid appraisers hindering our housing recovery.
Rebecca R. Madej , NMLS#91445 Branch Manager/Mortgage Consultant Licensed in NC, SC, TN & VA
Cunningham & Company Mortgage Bankers 2101 Rexford Road, Suite 131-E Charlotte, NC 28211
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.