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Appraisal Opportunities

We haven’t had much for an appraiser lunch this year, so I thought I would schedule one for Friday December 8th. I know a few people have expressed interest in getting together. If anyone has suggestions on where to meet let me know. Please RSVP if you are interested in getting together. The date may also be flexible. I will send out another email when I get some feedback.

I have grabbed a few ads that have caught my eye recently and would love to get your views on where the appraisal industry is headed and what you think about where we are at today. I also copied some appraisal polls from Appraisal Port which gives some insight to where the appraisers polled see things going. Unfortunately they do not transfer to wordpress. If you would like a copy of the full email with images that I sent out contact me at realestateeinstein@gmail.com and I will add you to my appraiser mailing list.

I love this Ad from TSI saying that I have an “Appraisal Opportunity”. It makes me feel like I am peeing my pants to know that TSI is giving me a chance to accept an appraisal order that is $100 below a reasonable fee. Another “Appraisal Opportunity” At least I can bid my customary fee.

 Overall the obnoxious 20 page engagement letters seemed to have lightened a bit from inane or erroneous requirements. Still the AMC’s report cards are still irritating. Like we need to be treated like students of appraisal by people who aren’t even appraisers.

Adding “Material Error”

Will be calculated into Conduct Score on your Performance Report



We’ve added a factor for a “Material Error” to our conduct score measurement. This factor will be applied in the event a significant error is identified in your report. Some examples are as follows:

  • Reporting subject characteristics incorrectly.
    EX: Report reflects 1 bathroom when the subject actually has 2 bathrooms.
  • Omission of relevant property characteristics.
    EX: Report doesn’t reflect the subject has an in-ground swimming pool.
  • Missing or incorrect adjustments.
    EX: Subject site is 10,000 sf. Comparable site sizes are 20,000 sf, 21,000 sf, and 20,500 sf respectively. However, only comparables 1 & 2 have an adjustment applied without an explanation or support for the lack of an adjustment provided within the report.
  • Omission of supporting documentation/commentary.
    EX: A verified model match sale exhibiting similar financing, quality, upgrades, amenities, located on the subject street, and sold within the past 30 days is not disclosed or discussed within the report.

This factor will not be applied to addendum requests ordered for clarity or additional commentary; again, only for significant errors.

Review appraisals as low as $49.


Just think, if they are charging $49 and are taking 50% of the fee for an appraisal review, they have found a certified and general appraiser to do a review appraisal for $25. Talk about bringing the profession down to a low standard. The typical fee that an appraiser pays for annual membership is only $39.00. They are even charging the appraiser to take on this cheap work. These must be the 80 year old appraisers who have dementia.  https://validox.com/site/amc_benefits

AMC Services

AMC Compliance at 50% Less Cost Than Other Solutions!

Our low pricing on State Specific USPAP Standard 3 Compliance Reviews allow your compliance dollars to stretch further…many times we are half the price of other USPAP Compliance Solutions


Current Edition Standard 3 USPAP Reviews that are compliant with every individual state appraiser board requirements for annual and periodic reviews (All 50 states), and the USPAP competency requirements as set forth in Federal AMC Minimum Rules. Reviews are performed by Certified and General Validox USPAP review appraisers, ensuring complete compliance to all state appraiser board requirements.

In case you did not know it, Your license will expire in less than a month. I was made aware of this by the 30 email I received from AMC’s letting me know that if I did not send them my new license they would stop sending me orders. At the same time I was also made aware that the Mercury Network has become an auction site for appraisal orders. Another “Appraisal Opportunity”.

I received Darts newsletter on how they decide what fees to pay. My first thought was why would they send this out unless they are getting complaints about their fees. They rarely send me any orders unless it is real busy and they have a scorpion that they can’t find an appraiser to do. I just figured that my customary fee was too high for them. I know a lot of appraisers got screwed when they took over the UW’s appraisal orders and dropped the fees in half. I would like to get everyone’s comments on the letter below. Do you think they follow their own guidelines? Have they been paying customary or reasonable fees? The biggest complaint I here from AMC’s is that they do not know what is customary or reasonable. Then when a state establishes C & R fees, they get hit with racketeering charges. It seems that the cheapest paying AMC’s think that customary means as low as they can get an appraiser to accept an order for. Another “Appraisal Opportunity”.

Of course they are going to ignore the second presumption of compliance.

“Second, a creditor and its agent are also presumed to comply with the interim final rule if they determine the fee by relying on third-party information, such as a government agency fee schedule, an academic study, or an independent private-sector survey. Consistent with the Dodd-Frank Act’s requirements, third-party surveys and similar studies must not include fees paid to appraisers by appraisal management companies. See comments 226.42(f)(3)-1, -2, -3.”





Welcome to the November issue of our Dart Board newsletter. As 2018 moves ever closer into view, I wanted to share information on how we set our pricing each year. I’ll also continue with our “behind the scenes” look into Dart’s processes, this time covering the management of our appraiser panel.

Pricing. As Dart’s pricing is primarily based on appraiser fees, any discussion about pricing has to begin with an explanation of how we establish our customary and reasonable fees. As an agent of the lender, Dart Appraisal’s process of establishing customary and reasonable fee schedules has been set using the parameters prescribed within TILA’s first presumption of compliance. Under this first presumption, a creditor and its agent are presumed to be in compliance if they have established fees by doing the following:

  1. To be customary, the fee must be related to recent rates for comparable appraisal services in the relevant geographic market; and
  2. To be reasonable, the fee must be adjusted as necessary to account for six specified factors that, in addition to geographic market, affect the level of compensation appropriate in a given transaction. The six factors include(1) the type of property; (2) the scope of work; (3) the time in which the appraisal services are required to be performed; (4) fee appraiser qualifications; (5) fee appraiser experience and professional record; and (6) fee appraiser work quality.
  3. To be reasonable, the agent must also not engage in any anticompetitive actions, in violation of state or federal law, that affect the appraisal fee, such as price-fixing or restricting others from entering the market.

Our process to determine what is customary and reasonable is done by analyzing payment data made to appraisers within the past 12 months. (Dart’s appraisers set their own fees within our system, and can update them at any time.) Using this data, we have created a customary and reasonable fee range for each county tier by state and product group. Fee adjustments are made to account for the six specified factors (property type, scope of work, time, qualifications, experience and work quality). Appraiser payment information is reviewed on a quarterly basis and appropriate adjustments are made if payments are not within the current customary and reasonable fee range.

Pricing is reviewed on an annual basis and, when appropriate, a new schedule will be published to reflect market changes. We are currently finalizing 2018 pricing for all of our clients, and expect to have the majority of our client price sheets distributed by December 1.



An Appraisal is like a scorpion in your hand. Any appraisal could kill your career or your pocket book. Would you charge extra for an appraisal for this liability?




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