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Fannie and Freddie to Update Appraisal Forms

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have issued a joint press release formally announcing what many industry insiders already suspected—the GSEs are planning revisions to the Uniform Appraisal Dataset (UAD) and their appraisal reporting forms, including the Uniform Residential Appraisal Report (URAR). The GSEs have…

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Are Desktop Appraisals the Future?

Desktops, alternative valuation products (AVPs), and other limited scope appraisals are on the rise. While it is difficult to predict the future of the appraisal profession, the fact is, desktop appraisals are here now. And they’re becoming more commonplace. Many non-lender clients—and some lenders—are…

How to Prepare for an Appraisal Inspection

How to Prepare for an Appraisal Inspection

If you’re new to the appraisal profession, you might be nervous about inspecting your first property without a supervisor or mentor. What if you overlook something important? Once you gain experience and develop your own routine for inspecting a property, you will become much…

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How to Become an Appraiser in 3 Steps

In order to become a licensed appraiser, most states require you to become an appraisal trainee and obtain a number of hours of experience before you can appraise on your own. Many states have different titles for trainees, such as apprentice appraiser or registered…

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These Non-Traditional Property Valuation Services Are on the Rise

Clients are increasingly requesting different types of appraisals in lieu of the traditional “full” appraisal. There are many different types of these non-traditional or “limited scope” assignments—including evaluations, desktop appraisals, appraiser-assisted AVMs, and other alternative valuation products (AVPs). Here we outline common types of non-traditional…

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