FNC Webinar: Update on Regulations and Guidance Concerning Collateral Valuations

On Nov. 18, FNC’s Managing Director of Consulting and Product Management Shawn Telford and General Counsel Neil Olson presented a regulatory and compliance update webinar. They discussed the most critical aspects of the following key issues:

  1. The Fannie Mae Collateral Underwriter (CU) Project
      What are FNC’s solutions for Fannie Mae?
  2. Proposed Changes to the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP)
      Definition of a report; report drafts and
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FNC Index: Home Prices Nationwide Up 0.8%; San Francisco Market Declines for First Time Since 2012 Recovery

Below is this month’s update to the FNC Residential Price Index (http://www.fncrpi.com/) written by Yanling Mayer, a senior research economist at FNC. No drastic changes to report in the market this month. Prices are continuing their general upward trend in most areas, just at a slower pace. San Francisco fell off a bit, but that won’t make much of a dent with the already incredibly high prices in that city… Continue reading

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Unraveling Fannie Mae Guidelines

In August, I reported on an educational session I attended at The Appraisal Institute (AI) annual conference in Austin, Texas, on Aug. 4-6, 2014. In that article, I mentioned Robert Murphy from Fannie Mae covered some of the changes made in the first major update to the property and valuation section of the Fannie Mae Selling Guide since 2009. This is very important to appraisers because the Selling Guide is… Continue reading

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FNC Index: Home Prices Up 2.3% in the Second Quarter

Despite continued signs of moderation in home price appreciation, the latest FNC Residential Price Index™ (RPI) shows that U.S. home prices were up another 0.8% from May to June and 2.3% throughout the second quarter. Constructed to gauge the price movement among normal home sales by excluding distressed properties, the index’s year-over-year growth continues to decelerate as widely expected: down to 8.0% from its fastest acceleration of 9.4% in February… Continue reading

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Regulatory and Compliance Update with Shawn Telford and Neil Olson

The following is a discussion between Shawn Telford, Managing Director, and Neil Olson, General Counsel, as part of FNC’s July 9 webinar on Regulatory & Compliance Updates.

Neil Olson: Regulations are still in motion, even though it’s summer.

Shawn Telford: The MISMO cutover will happen on Sunday. We’re prepared and ready. UCDP warnings and hardstops – GAAR® is in place to help you as part of your… Continue reading

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AppraisalPort Weekly Poll Analysis

This month, I want to take a closer look at three recent polls that address some questions appraisers wanted us to ask. First, we asked: “What best describes your office setup?” This poll was the most popular of the three with 6,121 responses. Not a big surprise here with 73 percent answering, “It’s in my home.” The second most popular answer was “It is in an office/commercial/industrial building” with 20… Continue reading

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Regulatory Update Webinar Available for Viewing

Our May 6 webinar, “Home Equity Decisioning Solutions and Newly Released Appraisal Management Proposed Regulations,” is now available for viewing. Subject matter expert Shawn Telford and FNC General Counsel Neil Olson provide an overview of current regulatory topics in conjunction with current business trends — changing market conditions, HELOC trending, regulations — and help viewers understand the solutions and guidance available from FNC.

Click here to access audio/video/.pdf… Continue reading

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Proposed Federal Regulation of Appraisal Management Companies (Minimum Requirements for AMCs)

I hear a lot from appraisers concerning their interactions with various appraisal management companies (AMCs). Many keep wondering why appraisers are licensed and strictly regulated while it seems that AMCs for the most part have been left to do whatever they want. That was the case for a while; today the majority of states have already imposed regulations on AMCs. Currently, as part of the Dodd-Frank Act, a group of… Continue reading

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News from the Appraisal Institute Northern California Chapter Annual Spring Conference

In March, I once again traveled to Modesto, Calif., and attended the Annual Spring Conference of the Appraisal Institute’s Northern California Chapter. This month, I will share some useful and interesting information from the presentations. The conference focuses on the California market, but many of the presenters also covered topics related to the national market.

The first session was “State of the Appraisal Profession;” the speaker was Lance Coyle… Continue reading

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FNC Index: Year-over-Year Growth at Highest since June 2006

The latest FNC Residential Price Index™ (RPI) shows U.S. home prices increased again in February as sales of non-distressed homes continue to rise and regain market share. The index, constructed to gauge the price movement among normal home sales exclusive of distressed properties, indicates much of the nation’s underlying home value shows solid growth as dwindling REO sales fall to their lowest levels since 2007.

In February, the index’s… Continue reading

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