New rule exempts low-cost commercial property from appraisals



Almost one-third of commercial property sales will become exempt from the need for an appraisal following changes to federal rules.

Appraisers and homeowners now see eye-to-eye



Experts say that the gap between appraisers’ and homeowners’ estimations of their homes’ worth is getting smaller.
The two parties perceptions of value is getting closer, though homeowners still do tend to slightly overestimate the price of their home.

How automation is threatening the appraisal industry



Appraisers might be starting to feel a little hot under the collar amid the growing realization that advances in automation and artificial intelligence technologies could one day threaten their jobs.

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.

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