Appraisers less confident about housing market

Appraisers remain mildly encouraged, but less confident than a quarter ago, by the current state of the housing market according to a recent survey that found. 49.6 percent of appraisers were mildly or moderately strongly confident in the housing recovery, down from 54.5 percent.

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Property taxes rising with booming home values in Silicon Valley

It was inevitable. For homeowners, the cost of higher home values is higher property taxes. In Silicon Valley, where the tech economy has pushed unemployment levels down to 6.6 percent,


Mortgage reform targets home appraisals

Appraisal rules from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) soon will give consumers additional rights to information on how a home value is determined as well as new


Infographic: What’s inside a competitive market analysis?

A comparative market analysis (CMA) is necessary research to determine your home's list price when it's time to put it on the market for sale. The CMA is an


New appraisal rules further swell regulatory pipeline

New federal regulations will make appraisals more accessible to home buyers and, for certain loans, end "drive-by" appraisals and others not made on site. Hot on the heels of


Infographic: The White House listing

The White House for sale? Not really. But if the historic landmark, 55,000-square-foot mansion home of the First Family was put on the market it would fetch about $110 million


Appraising solar power’s true value

Hot on the heels of guidelines to help appraisers analyze the value of energy-efficient home features, the Appraisal Institute (AI) announced its support for a new tool to


Infographic: ‘Green’ homes, energy-saving upgrades factored into true, appraised home value

Installing a full-fledged solar panel system will get you a higher price when you sell your home, but if you can't afford to shell out tens of thousands


Finding true value in the appraisal process

Home buyers and sellers who know the role of professional, licensed appraisers can be sure homes are financed based on true values and enjoy a smooth transaction. That sentiment

Appraisers up next for 'Wall Street Reform' brand of regulatory do-over

Tolling the death knell for the Home Valuation Code of Conduct (HVCC), the Federal Reserve Board recently announced final regulatory orders for real estate appraisers. The interim final rule

Appraisers applaud stiffer state regulations

States are once again stepping up to the plate to address some housing issues federal efforts often fall short on. Following in the footsteps of Arkansas, Louisiana, Nevada, New

Federal bill aims to suspend new appraisal law

No Zicam. Herbal tea instead The Home Mortgage Valuation Code of Conduct (HVCC) is a "law of unintended consequences" that could be suspended if legislators, appraisers, the mortgage industry

Perennial pressure on appraisers bad for business, housing, consumers

During the height of the housing boom, appraisers were pressured to up the value of homes. Now, during the housing downturn, appraisers are being pressured to lower the

Appraisers advise sellers how to get top dollar

A professional appraiser's job is to determine the true market value of homes. They know what makes one property more valuable than another. They also know higher valued

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