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How to Avoid UAD Hard Stops

How to Avoid UAD Hard Stops

Hard stops are data “errors” that cannot be overridden by the lender. When the UAD and the UMDP were first implemented, lenders were allowed to override errors that would pop up when they did their check of the report. Eventually, Fannie Mae and Freddie…

6 Quick Tips for Appraising Basements

6 Quick Tips for Appraising Basements

Whether finished or unfinished, the presence of a basement will almost always have an impact on the overall value of a home. Here are six basic, but critical, rules for appraising basements. As you consider the value of basements, keep these important steps and…

Fannie Mae Guidelines vs. Requirements

Fannie Mae Guidelines vs. Requirements

The Fannie Mae Selling Guide is a comprehensive guide for lenders who sell loans to Fannie Mae. Although the Guide is targeted toward lenders, it also contains information that applies to appraisers. After all, the appraisal is an important part of the loan documentation.…

Top 10 Tips for Working with AMCs

Top 10 Tips for Working with AMCs

We love to hate them. But with about 80% of the mortgage appraisal volume being engaged through appraisal management companies, as an appraiser, working with AMCs is almost a necessity today. As mortgage appraisal volumes are declining, one way to boost your business is…

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Terrifying Encounters from Real-Life Appraisers

Property appraisal is not typically thought of as a “dangerous” profession per se. However, personal safety is definitely something to consider when preparing for an appraisal inspection. We recently asked our real estate appraisal community on Facebook, “What’s the scariest thing you’ve encountered during…

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