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'iBuyer' Service Alters Selling Process, Cuts Some Requirements

By Alina Ptaszynski

Opendoor and Redfin, two of the nation’s largest technology-powered real estate companies, today announced home sellers in Phoenix and Atlanta can now request an Opendoor offer through Redfin’s site and mobile apps. By coming together, we are giving homeowners more options for selling their home in a simple and convenient way. Redfin will also continue to expand RedfinNow, its own instant offer service.

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International Valuation Standards Council Updates Standards, Effective January 2020

The International Valuation Standards Council on July 31 announced that the latest edition of the International Valuation Standards is available. The new standards, which take effect Jan. 31, 2020, include updates to development property, limitations, and valuation models; numerous technical revisions; and a revised glossary with new terms and clarifications. 

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ASB Mulls Evaluations Standards; Paper Expected Soon

The Appraisal Standards Board of The Appraisal Foundation on Aug. 1 announced its intention to explore the creation of uniform standards for evaluations. The ASB said that since no standards exist for conducting evaluations, there is greater risk to the safety and soundness of real estate transactions and diminished protections for consumers. A concept paper is expected near Labor Day. 

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Court Grants Stay of Motion in FTC Case Against LREAB

A Louisiana court on July 29 granted a motion to stay in the Federal Trade Commission's case against the Louisiana Real Estate Appraisers Board in which it alleged the LREAB illegally determined a floor for appraiser prices. The court ruled that, among other things, continuing the case would hamper the state's ability to make and enforce policies.

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30 Members Received Designations from the Appraisal Institute in July

The Appraisal Institute designated 30 members in July, including eight who received their MAI designations, six who received their SRA designations, 12 who received their AI-GRS designations and four who received their AI-RRS designations. A special congratulations to NCAI members Kyle Saylors, MAI, SRA; Lynn Carmichael, MAI, AI-GRS; and Terri Patton, MAI,  AI-GRS for being recognized.

In Memoriam

The Appraisal Institute regrets the passing of the following Designated Member, as reported to Appraiser News Online in July:
  • Ray E. Crawford, MAI, Charlotte, N.C.
This information is reported monthly in Appraiser News Online.

New AI Video: AI Media Coverage Seen by Nearly 1 Billion

The Appraisal Institute works to represent the valuation profession in media coverage across the country. From January-June 2019, the Appraisal Institute and its professionals were included in more than 1,200 stories in 430 unique media outlets, with a potential audience of nearly 1 billion and a publicity value of more than $1.2 million.

The Appraisal Institute’s latest video shows some of the highlights in media coverage over the past six months, including stories in National Mortgage News, U.S. News & World Report, The Wall Street Journal and Rolling Stone.

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Appraisal Institute Board of Directors Approves 2020 Budget at Q3 Meeting in Denver

The Appraisal Institute Board of Directors at its July 25-26 meeting in Denver approved the organization’s 2020 budget and directed to 45-Day Notice proposed amendments to Regulations No. 7 and 8 regarding creation of state Government Relations Subcommittees under the current national Government Relations Committee.
 
In other business, the Board of Directors:
  • Approved the creation of a Women’s Initiative Committee.
  • Revised the organization’s policies for AI education instructors regarding waivers, conduct and evaluations;
  • Amended AI’s Statement of Investment Policy; and
  • Adopted the dues and fees schedule for 2020:
    • Deadline on dues/fees invoice payment: Jan. 1
    • Late fees assessed at 15%: April 1
    • Suspensions issued: June 1
    • Terminations issued: Sept. 1.
The Board also elected to two-year terms beginning Jan. 1:
  • Matthew S. Myers, MAI, of Leeds, England, as the international member on the AI Board of Directors;
  • Scott Robinson, MAI, SRA, AI-RRS, AI-GRS, as chair of the Strategic Planning Committee;
  • Claire M. Aufrance, MAI, SRA, to the Strategic Planning Committee; and
  • Michael J. Mignona, MAI, AI-GRS, and Craig Steinley, SRA, AI-RRS, to the Audit Committee.
Additionally, the Board elected Peter A. Vimini, MAI, to the Professional Liability Insurance Program Committee for a three-year term. He also was elected to fill a vacancy on PLIPC for a term ending Dec. 31.  
 
The Board’s next meeting is scheduled for Nov. 14-15 in Chicago.

Jody Bishop Elected 2020 Appraisal Institute Vice President

Pledger M. (Jody) Bishop III, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, was elected 2020 vice president of the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers Thursday by its Board of Directors in Denver.

Bishop’s one-year term at the Appraisal Institute will begin Jan. 1, followed by one year each as president-elect, president and immediate past president. He will serve on AI’s Executive Committee and the policy-making Board of Directors all four years. He also will chair the Finance Committee in 2020 and the National Nominating Committee in 2023.

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Demand Grows for Midsize Industrial Space: Avison Young

By Sebastian Obando

E-commerce and last mile logistics tenants are fueling additional demand for industrial space expansion in the U.S., spurring midsize space users to dominate the industrial market.

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More than 525 Attend Appraisal Institute's Annual Conference in Downtown Denver

More than 525 real estate professionals from around the world attended the opening session of the valuation profession’s most important annual event, hosted by the Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers.

The 2019 Appraisal Institute Annual Conference, held at the downtown Hyatt Regency Denver, featured world-renowned keynote speakers, 30 breakout sessions on trend-setting valuation topics, networking opportunities for industry professionals, an exhibit hall featuring cutting-edge products and services and an awards ceremony honoring the valuation profession’s best and brightest.

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Multifamily Buildings Getting Bigger, Middle of the Market is Missing: Census Bureau

Last year, developers in the U.S. completed 211,000 new housing units in buildings of 50 units or more, the biggest number on record. The total number of new apartments constructed didn’t come close to setting any records, though.

These numbers are from Characteristics of New Housing, an annual Census Bureau data release that is so chock-full of interesting information (for example: 88% of apartments completed in 2018 had in-unit laundry facilities) that I briefly contemplated interrupting my vacation to write about it when it came out two weeks ago. I resisted then, but now I’m back at my desk and the new numbers don’t seem to have gotten much attention. They should!

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White House Plans September Release for Proposed Reforms to Fannie, Freddie

By Pete Schroeder and Richard Leong

The Trump administration’s hotly anticipated blueprint for overhauling mortgage guarantors Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac may not be published until September as the U.S. Treasury juggles several other pressing issues, the housing regulator told Reuters.

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AI Condemns NCUA Action Quadrupling Appraisal Threshold

The nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers vigorously condemned today’s action by the National Credit Union Administration, calling the NCUA’s decision to effectively reduce the number of appraisals required for commercial real estate loans irresponsible, radical and dangerous.

“This is an outlandish scenario for anyone who cares about the safety and soundness of the nation’s commercial real estate lending system, and it could recreate conditions that led to the financial crisis of the late 2000s,” said Appraisal Institute President Stephen S. Wagner, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS. “The NCUA’s ill-conceived, damaging decision shows overwhelmingly the need for immediate, rigorous congressional oversight.”

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Video: Reasons to Pursue a Valuation Career

 

Two Appraisal Institute Designated Members share why they think someone should consider being an appraiser in AI’s latest video.

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'iBuyer' Service Alters Selling Process, Cuts Some Requirements

By Andrea Riquier

Discount real-estate brokerage Redfin will partner with Opendoor, one of the leading home-buying services, allowing homeowners to get an instant offer when they want to sell with Redfin RDFN, -0.75%  , the firms announced Thursday.

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Federal Agencies Exempt Community Banks From Volcker Rule

Five federal financial regulatory agencies announced on Tuesday that they adopted a final rule to exclude community banks from the Volcker Rule, consistent with the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act.

The Volcker Rule generally restricts banking entities from engaging in proprietary trading and from owning, sponsoring, or having certain relationships with hedge funds or private equity funds. Under the final rule, which is unchanged from the proposal, community banks with $10 billion or less in total consolidated assets and total trading assets and liabilities of 5 percent or less of total consolidated assets are excluded from the Volcker Rule.

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ASC OKs North Dakota Request for Temporary Appraisal Waiver

The Appraisal Subcommittee on July 9 granted a request from North Dakota for a temporary waiver from appraisal licensing requirements after state officials claimed a scarcity of appraisers. The ASC granted the one-year waiver from licensing requirements by a 5-2 vote; an additional year is possible if state officials again seek a waiver based on the scarcity argument.

The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council still needs to approve the decision, which is expected to happen at its meeting later this month. It’s important to note that the temporary waiver is not a waiver from appraisals, but from appraisal licensing requirements. All appraisals still need to comply with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice.

The waiver will cover both residential and commercial appraisals; however, the residential waiver could be sunset 60 days after banking regulators raise the appraisal threshold, if they choose to do so. A decision by the regulators on the threshold could come as soon as this month.

During the ASC’s special meeting, North Dakota Appraisal Board Chair Corey Kost, MAI, argued against granting the temporary waiver, citing no evidence of a scarcity of appraisers. He also argued that Congress has already addressed this issue with the rural appraisal waiver granted in the regulatory relief bill signed by President Trump last year.

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58 Members Received Designations from the Appraisal Institute in June

The Appraisal Institute designated 58 members in June, including; 1 who received MAI AND SRA designations; and 40 who received MAI designations; 3 who received SRA designations; 12 who received AI-GRS designations; 2 who received AI-RRS designations.

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The Latest Issue of Valuation Magazine is Now Available

Read the latest issue of Valuation magazine. 
The nation's hospitality sector has enjoyed a decade-long hot streak, with transaction volume expected to total $36.5 billion this year and some 5,530 new rooms under construction. Will the good times last? That's the question appraisers say needs serious consideration, with most believing there may be room for correction.
 
The new federal opportunity zones program encourages private investors to fund projects in underserved geographic areas — an idea promising to benefit neighborhoods in need and investors who capitalize the ventures. Importantly, it also has the potential to create numerous opportunities for appraisers.
 
When valuing a property, it's not uncommon for appraisers to state that the property's highest and best use is different from its current use. But what happens in situations involving conflicting highest and best use analyses? Read what the courts have said about these complex concerns.

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