HUD Fraud Alert: Appraiser Identity Theft
My comment: Read the bulletin for more info. There was a lot of this reported when trainees were used in the last boom. All the appraisers were sentenced to 3-5 years in prison.
- The market.
- Find something similar.
- Make something up.
Current poll you can take: “Have you ever directly supervised a trainee? I had two trainees in the mid-1980s. One got her CR license when licensing started but quit when the business went bad in the early 1990s. The other was laid off due to lack of business before 1990. I went out with them on all the inspections for the first few years. I would never have another residential trainee due to the volatility of lender appraising.
Residential Cost Approach: complying with USPAP when lenders require the Cost Approach – Part 1
By Denis DeSaix, MAI, SRA
* The Cost Approach is being required by more and more clients; even in cases where it isn’t necessary for credible assignment results
* The USPAP requires appraisers to complete each analysis in a competent manner
* The Cost Approach, even in cases where not necessary and not given any consideration in the final value reconciliation, can be completed and reported without creating a “misleading” report (See USPAP FAQ #290)
* The reconciliation is the section where the appraiser should communicate to the client his/her evaluation and ultimately the consideration given to the Cost Approach in concluding the final opinion of value
* The quality of data (absolute and relative to the other approaches) should be discussed in the reconciliation; the quality of data determines how much consideration the Cost Approach should be given.
The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, increased 5.8 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier. On an unadjusted basis, the Index decreased 3 percent compared with the previous week. The Refinance Index increased 5 percent from the previous week to its highest level since December 2016. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index increased 7 percent from one week earlier. The unadjusted Purchase Index decreased 1 percent compared with the previous week and was 5 percent lower than the same week one year ago, which did not include the Presidents’ Day holiday.
The refinance share of mortgage activity decreased to 45.1 percent of total applications, its lowest level since November 2008, from 46.2 percent the previous week. The adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) share of activity remained unchanged at 7.3 percent of total applications.
The FHA share of total applications increased to 12.3 percent from 11.6 percent the week prior. The VA share of total applications decreased to 11.7 percent from 12.1 percent the week prior. The USDA share of total applications remained unchanged at 0.9 percent from the week prior.
The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($424,100 or less) decreased to 4.30 percent from 4.36 percent, with points increasing to 0.38 from 0.35 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent loan-to-value ratio (LTV) loans. The effective rate decreased from last week.
The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with jumbo loan balances (greater than $424,100) decreased to 4.23 percent from 4.29 percent, with points decreasing to 0.25 from 0.28 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans. The effective rate decreased from last week.
The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages backed by the FHA decreased to 4.07 percent from 4.14 percent, with points increasing to 0.37 from 0.33 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans. The effective rate decreased from last week.
The average contract interest rate for 15-year fixed-rate mortgages decreased to 3.51 percent from 3.56 percent, with points remaining unchanged at 0.36 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans. The effective rate decreased from last week.
The average contract interest rate for 5/1 ARMs increased to 3.35 percent from 3.31 percent, with points decreasing to 0.29 from 0.31 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans. The effective rate increased from last week.
The survey covers over 75 percent of all U.S. retail residential mortgage applications, and has been conducted weekly since 1990. Respondents include mortgage bankers, commercial banks and thrifts. Base period and value for all indexes is March 16, 1990=100.
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