Freddie Mac wants to automate the appraisal process, for some



Mortgage servicer Freddie Mac is hoping to automate home appraisals in an effort to speed up the closing process and reduce fees for home buyers.

Why one real estate agent rejected higher bids in favor of an all-cash offer



Dallas-based real estate agent Laura Barnett didn’t anticipate quite so much interest in a listing she put on the market just three weeks ago.

NAR report highlights growing appraisal problems



The National Association of Realtors has just published its latest realtor’s Confidence Index for March 2017, highlighting some of the biggest roadblocks in the way of closing real estate transaction

Homeowners and appraisers disagree on home valuations



The gap between homeowner’s perceptions of their properties’ value and what appraisers say their homes are actually worth is growing bigger

Should Zika be factored into Miami home appraisals?



It’s feared that the impact of the Zika virus in Florida is even being felt in local real estate markets, affecting home values in some parts of the state.

Fannie Mae Creates Blacklist for ‘Questionable’ Appraisers



Fannie Mae is at last taking action against appraisers deemed to have ‘questionable practices’, and has apparently created a blacklist of those who mortgage lenders and banks should be wary of doing business with.

Low Appraisals No Longer Causing Problems



Throughout the housing crisis, one of the biggest stumbling blocks faced by real estate agents, buyers and sellers alike has been the appraisal process. Would the appraised value be lower than the agreed sales price, and if so, how much lower would it be? It’s thought that thousands of potential transactions have been derailed due to lower-than-expected appraisals.

Challenging Low Appraisals: Think Like An Appraiser!



Problems with “low” appraisals continue to be an issue, and even more so in markets where home values appear to be on the rise. A rising market moves faster than the appraisals; consider that appraisers are required to use only closed sales

Heartbreak Hotel Awaits Some Spring Home Sellers



Over the next few months, many sellers will have their hearts broken. This will be primarily self-inflicted but much of it enabled by collaborating real estate agents. The hurt will come as a result of the positive real estate news splashed across the headlines.

Poor Appraisals Causing Home Sale Problems, Realtors Group Says



While the U.S. real estate market is showing signs of improvement, one of the biggest obstacles standing in the way of furthering recovery is bad appraisals, according to a survey released Thursday by the National Association of Realtors.

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