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Articles about Appraisals


Residential | January 2010 
FHA Changes Shuffle the Deck
With the start of a new year come revisions to Federal Housing Administration (FHA) lending programs. These changes intend to rein in defaults related to FHA-insured loans. As FHA lending increased in...
By Darrin Stobaugh, consultant

Residential | January 2010 
The Promise of Automation
The decline in home values caused by price correction, short sales and foreclosures, among other things, has created a market in which property appraisals often come in lower than expected. This disru...
By Greg Holmes, national director of sales and marketing, Credit Plus Inc.

Commercial | October 2011 
3 Myths of Hard Money
With each passing day, conventional lenders’ guidelines constrict further, and loan programs that were available before are no longer. For commercial mortgage brokers, this presents an opportunity to ...
By Craig Grella, founder,

Commercial | May 2011 
Take the Stress Out of Distressed Properties
In today’s market, many commercial property owners find themselves in a distressing situation: They need financing, but they can’t get it. For some, current loans are coming due, and they need funds t...
By Paul Trimakas, president, Trim Financial Services Inc

Commercial | April 2011 
Go Ahead — Call It a Comeback
It has been said that the lending and finance markets must wake from hibernation before commercial real estate recovery will happen. Well, the markets are stirring. Commercial real estate financing...
By Scott T. Pickett, president, PSB Realty Advisors

Commercial | February 2011 
8 Ways to Gauge a Lender
In today’s economic climate, there  is no longer a full array of funding solutions for all types of borrowers, credit, collateral types, etc. If the deal does not fit into traditional bank or gov...
By Brian O’Shaughnessy, CEO, Athas Capital Group

Commercial | January 2011 
6 Keys to Hotel Financing
Although every deal has its own  set of issues, finding financing for hotels, motels and other lodging properties can be a little more challenging than for other property types. With lodging, the p...
By K. Spencer, managing partner, Spencer Acquisitions LLC

Residential | December 2011 
Choosing the Right Appraisal Process
New regulations place broader emphasis on appraisal compliance, accompanied by stiffer penalties for violations. Because the appraisal is perhaps the most critical part of a loan’s success, it’s more ...
By Tom Hurst, founding partner and executive vice president, StreetLinks Lender Solutions

Residential | November 2011 
Is There a Doctor for the House?
In today’s market, distressed properties are increasingly common — from short sales to foreclosures — and these houses tend to suffer from neglect. In addition, many homes are going on the market “as ...
By Gerry Glavery, senior vice president, UHS America

Residential | November 2011 
Ready or Not: UCDP Is Here
The mortgage industry currently is seeing an unprecedented amount of changing regulations. Another one is about to take effect, and mortgage originators must take note. The latest regulation comes ...
By Jennifer Creech, CEO and president, InHouse Inc

Residential | October 2011 
How a Declining Market Affects Appraisals
Mortgage loans on properties in a declining market typically require additional data and analysis by the assigned appraiser and underwriter as part of the underwriting process. Mortgage originators an...
By Gerry Glavery, senior vice president, UHS America

Residential | August 2011 
Crack the Code of Interagency Appraisal Rules
For the past two years, mortgage originators and real estate lenders have faced one major compliance change after another. Originators have had to adjust their processes to account for revisions to th...
By Rich Kuegler, vice president of business development, DataQuick

Residential | July 2011 
Giving Your Best Estimate
So, you don’t like Zillow. What about the other free home-valuation services available online? When it comes to obtaining rough estimates of a home’s worth, there’s no lack of online options. But t...
By Brian C. Coester, CEO, Coester Valuation Management Services

Residential | April 2011 
Broker-Facing Portals Save Time and Money
The current mortgage market has many brokers and bankers focused on ways to cut costs while increasing efficiency and revenue. Borrowers no longer call originators in waves, and new regulations along ...
By Joe Bowerbank, president, Profundity Communications Inc; and David Colwell, principal, DPC Consulting LLC

Residential | March 2011 
Assessing Appraisal Rules
Remember the home valuation code of Conduct (HVCC)? Although the code has expired, many of its effects remain. Nowhere is this clearer than in Fannie Mae’s Appraiser Independence Requirements (sctsm.i...
By George K. Demopulos, president and chief valuations officer, Lincoln Appraisal and Settlement Services


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