Appraisal & Valuation Archive

10 Tips to Be a Better Agent

Need more tips for improving your skills and upping your real estate game? We’re all about helping real estate professionals reach greater success, which is why we dedicated the July/August issue of REALTOR® Magazine to lists upon lists of...

Should Appraisers Be Testing Stoves and Dishwashers?

FHA’s latest changes to its single-family mortgage insurance handbook instruct appraisers to test and report on how well the appliances are working when they’re preparing an appraisal for a house that would be financed with an FHA-insured mortgage. This...

Appraisals: Still a Thorn in Your Side

We know you’re having a hard time with appraisals today. We hear from sales associates and brokers regularly that they’re seeing transactions collapse because the appraisal comes in well below the price agreed to by the buyer and the...

Can You Head Off Inaccurate Appraisals?

No, but you can take a few steps to make them less likely Appraisers lacking experience or familiarity with an area continue to be a major problem for home sales, but you can minimize the chances of a bad...
November 12, 2011

Should Appraisers Shoulder AMCs’ Liability Risk?

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine You can’t expect much from a single letter but a recent communication from NAR to federal regulators could help shine a light on an appraisal issue that that needs as much light on...
September 8, 2011

HVCC: One Year Later

By Robert Freedman, senior editor, REALTOR® Magazine Are you still seeing valuations that don’t reflect your view of market value? Are appraisers still hesitant to take information from you or even answer your calls? Are the appraisers who set...

Top 10 Real Estate Developments of the ’00s: #6

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Five down, five to go! In this installment of our top real estate developments of the decade, we examine an infamous issue for practitioners:...

HVCC: Bad Code or Badly Implemented Code?

By Robert Freedman, senior editor, REALTOR® Magazine The Home Valuation Code of Conduct is getting a bad rap for causing what real estate professionals say is a rise in inaccurate appraisals, Alfred Pollard told a packed room of REALTORS®...
November 14, 2009

HVCC: Appraisal Rules Are Posing a Challenge

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Since taking effect on May 1, the Home Valuation Code of Conduct (HVCC) has been a source of considerable concern among NAR members, both sales professionals and appraisers. The new rules were...

Looks Like HVCC is Slowing Home Sales

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine For weeks, NAR has been getting e-mails and phone calls on problems caused by the implementation of the Home Valuation Code of Conduct. If you’re not familiar with HVCC, it’s an agreement...