Category Archives: PEMCO News

Making the Appraisal Process More Transparent

Photo credit: Everyone Shipwreck Starco       Communication with stakeholders key Appraisers can, and usually do, share their information and methods that were used in their valuation process. In the event the appraisal is not what was hoped for, being prepared to disclose this information quickly is essential for the sake of transparency. How can […]

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Getting an Accurate Appraisal When There Are Few Comparables

Photo credit: Sheila Sund     You have an appraisal assignment in a neighborhood where few sales have recently occurred, or the property is in a very remote area. How do you arrive at a solid opinion of value if you’re working with little comparable data? Should you try a little-used approach to the appraisal? Should […]

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Appraisal and Housing Leaders: Appraisal System Needs Overhaul

Photo credit: Mark Moz     System’s “regulatory regime surrounding appraisals” … “stuck in 1989” The nation’s appraisal system is in need of an overhaul, according to several key industry and government leaders in a recent hearing in the Housing and Insurance Subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee. The results of a complex and […]

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Did TRID Increase Appraisal Turn Times and Fees?

Photo credit: FutUndBeidl     The CFPB’s TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) Rule has been in effect since last October, many in the origination process feared the rule’s additional compliance would result in costlier and slower originations. Even lenders are not consistent on how TRID has affected them, as it depends on several factors. The rule’s effect […]

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Why Valuations Profession Must Embrace the “Right” Technology

Photo credit: Symo0     Big data and cloud computing’s big push There are changes in store for the appraisal profession, and they’re coming from all profession stakeholders. With regulators holding banks to higher standards, banks are holding appraisers to higher requirements. Appraisal profession-centric technology platforms see more opportunities for innovation that will help bring about […]

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Major Appraiser Shortage is Causing Home Sales Delays

Photo credit:Paul Sullivan       Amid regulations and licensing requirements, profession not seeing significant new recruits With demand for housing rapidly increasing, a key part of the home purchase process is disappearing. Appraisers, the men and women who provide home valuation opinions and whom mortgage lenders are dependent upon, are declining in numbers and […]

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Is “Perfect” Underwriting Hindering the Housing Market Recovery?

Photo credit: 401(K) 2012     Least-qualified borrower credit score rates are similar before and after housing crash Since the post-housing crisis, credit availability has tightened for mortgage purchases. During the past five years, borrowers who took out mortgages have paid their mortgages better than any other group of mortgage borrowers in history. While this is […]

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Standardizing Data Collection in the Appraisal and Lending Environment  

Photo credit: justgrimes     Dataset uniformity provide clarity for GSEs and lenders The mortgage industry is on the path to solidifying a foundation for sustainable success. Part of this can be attributed to how the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) reconfigured the foundation on data. Tangible results have come out of creating a common protocol, approach and […]

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FHFA Extends HARP and Offers High LTV Refinancing Option

  Photo credit: Apple Realty     Extended through next September and reaching out to more than 300,000 eligible borrowers The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced that its Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP), originally scheduled to run out at the end of this year, will be extended through September 30, 2017. FHFA found there are […]

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What’s the Real Reason Behind Declining Homeownership?

Photo credit: futureatlas.com     Millennials are following other generations The U.S. Census Bureau reported in July that the homeownership rate has fallen a half a percent since last year, down to 62.9%. It has been 50 years since the U.S. homeownership rate has been this low. A recent article highlighting a Zillow analysis of home […]

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