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Now available!  This week's AI Answers features a discussion with Lyle Radke, director of collateral policy at Fannie Mae. We received information on a range of issues, including a partnership between AI and Fannie Mae on diversity in the appraisal profession, the strong performance of appraisers in the COVID-19 pandemic, and what's ahead for Fannie Mae for the remainder of the year.

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AI Board of Directors Approves Both 45-Day Notice Items on Agenda During Meeting

The Appraisal Institute Board of Directors adopted both 45-Day Notice items on its agenda during its May 7 meeting, which was conducted via videoconference due to the coronavirus pandemic.
 
The Board of Directors adopted a 45-Day Notice item regarding proposed amendments to Appraisal Institute Regulation No. 5 regarding use of Appraisal Institute designations by non-practicing Designated Members. The Board also adopted the other 45-Day Notice item on its agenda, addressing proposed amendments to the Appraisal Institute Code of Professional Ethics and relevant governing documents relating to the deletion of “Service” as a defined term, the addition of the term "Valuation Practice” and the resultant conforming changes to other terms.
 
The 45-Day Notice including both items was distributed to Appraisal Institute professionals March 23.
 
The Board also approved two items for inclusion in an upcoming 45-Day Notice. The first item addressed proposed amendments to Regulation No. 4 regarding streamlining requirements for readmission to designated membership. The second item addressed proposed amendments to Regulation Nos. 1, 2 and 3 regarding the college degree requirement for the Appraisal Institute’s MAI, SRA, AI-GRS and AI-RRS designations. 
 
AI professionals are currently scheduled to receive the 45-Day Notice in mid-June. 
 
In other actions, the AI Board of Directors:
  • Approved appointments to the recently created University Relations Committee;
  • Approved an appointment to fill a vacancy on the Women’s Initiative Committee; and
  • Approved the transfer of funds from AI’s reserve fund to its operating fund.
The Appraisal Institute Board of Directors is next scheduled to meet Aug. 5-6.

National Nominating Committee Nominates Craig Steinley as 2021 AI Vice President

Craig Steinley, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, AI-RRS, of Rapid City, South Dakota, was nominated for 2021 Appraisal Institute vice president by the AI National Nominating Committee at its May 6 meeting, which was held via videoconference due to the coronavirus pandemic.

National Nominating Committee Chair Stephen S. Wagner, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, submitted the committee’s nomination to the AI Board of Directors at its May 7 meeting. Board members may file petitions for additional nominees in accordance with the Appraisal Institute Bylaws. The AI Board of Directors is expected to elect the 2021 vice president at its Aug. 5-6 meeting.

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Mortgage Rates Increase Slightly, but Remain Historically Low, Freddie Mac Reports

Freddie Mac (OTCQB: FMCC) today released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing that the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.26 percent.

“Mortgage rates stayed at or near record lows for the fifth straight week and homeowners are taking advantage with refinance activity remaining high,” said Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s Chief Economist. “Although purchase demand declined thirty-five percent year-over-year in mid-April, demand has improved modestly over the last three weeks.”

News Facts

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.26 percent with an average 0.7 point for the week ending May 7, 2020, up from last week when it averaged 3.23 percent. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 4.10 percent.  
  • 15-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 2.73 percent with an average 0.7 point, down from last week when it averaged 2.77 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 3.57 percent.  
  • 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 3.17 percent with an average 0.3 point, up from last week when it averaged 3.14 percent. A year ago at this time, the 5-year ARM averaged 3.63 percent.
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New Legislative Report

View the newest Legislative Report impacting the Appraisal community. Bookmark this page and check back often as new reports will be added frequently.

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Potential Home Sellers Gearing Up to List as Soon as Stay-at-home Orders Lift: NAR

More than 3 in 4 potential sellers – 77% – are preparing to sell their homes following the end of stay-at-home orders, with half completing do-it-yourself home improvement projects, according to a new survey from the National Association of Realtors®.

“After a pause, home sellers are gearing up to list their properties with the reopening of the economy,” said NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun. “Plenty of buyers also appear ready to take advantage of record-low mortgage rates and the stability that comes with these locked-in monthly payments into future years.”

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Fannie Allows Collateral Underwriter Instead of Field Reviews

By Phil Hall

Fannie Mae has issued a Lender Letter to its single-family sellers that updated the temporary policies enacted on March 31 in response to the COVID-19 crisis while reaffirming a key tenet regarding borrower income requirements.

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‘Uncertainties’ in Valuations Worry CRE Investors: Survey

By Dean Boerner

As public equities-laden pension funds reel from massive hits leveled by stock market volatility this year, commercial real estate will likely continue growing in importance for institutional investors in the long term, experts say.

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In Memoriam: George Harrison Keeling

It's with great sadness that we report the passing of George Harrison Keeling, father-in-law of NCAI member and 2016 AI President, Scott Robinson, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, AI-RRS, of Salisbury, NC. Our deepest sympathies go out to Scott and George's family. 

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NEW VIDEO: Appraisal Institute Designated Members Discuss Mentoring Trainees

The Appraisal Institute is devoted to helping appraisers reach their highest potential and making sure they have all the knowledge needed to work in the valuation profession, according to the latest video from the organization. In the video, Tonia Vailas, MAI, AI-GRS, and Michael V. Tankersley, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, AI-RRS, share their experiences working with trainees.

These appraisers discuss what steps they are taking to make sure their trainees succeed in the profession and the best ways that trainees can find licensed appraisers to work alongside.

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ECOA Valuations Rule Updated to Address Coronavirus

Creditors have flexibility regarding when they must provide appraisals to mortgage applicants, according to an updated Q&A on the Equal Credit Opportunity Act Valuations Rule released April 29 by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Under ordinary circumstance, creditors are required to provide appraisals promptly upon completion or three business days prior to consummation of a transaction.

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NC Auditor’s Report on NCDOT

Click here to view the audit report prepared by the NC State Auditor of NCDOT.

Second Round of Small Business Funding Approved

President Trump on April 24 signed the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, bipartisan legislation that provides $320 billion in additional funding for small businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The Small Business Administration started accepting applications April 27, and already has approved more than 100,000 loans.

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New Legislative Report

View the newest Legislative Report impacting the Appraisal community. Bookmark this page and check back often as new reports will be added frequently.

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Credit Unions Allow Appraisals to be Delayed 4 Months

Federal banking regulators last week moved to allow banks to delay getting an appraisal on a property for as many as 120 days after a mortgage closes, and now, credit unions can do the same thing.

In order to “allow credit unions to expeditiously extend liquidity to creditworthy households and businesses in light of recent strains on the U.S. economy as a result of the National Emergency declared in connection with coronavirus disease,” the National Credit Union Administration will allow credit unions to postpone obtaining an appraisal until four months after a mortgage closes.

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Mecklenburg County Transitions to State Order as Local Stay at Home Restrictions Time Out

Mecklenburg County, the City of Charlotte and the six county towns, have agreed to follow the State of North Carolina’s Stay at Home Order starting April 30.

Mecklenburg County Manager Dena R. Diorio announced the agreement to the Board of County Commissioners at its public policy meeting Tuesday afternoon, one day before the county’s current order was set to expire.

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TODAY: AI ANSWERS - Join the Appraisal Institute's weekly Facebook Live session

Be sure to attend this week's AI Answers, a one-hour Facebook Live session on current affairs affecting appraisers. Adam Johnston, SRA, AI-RRS, of Genworth Mortgage Insurance, will discuss strengths and weaknesses of residential appraisal virtual inspection applications, and Justin Glasser, MAI, of Cushman & Wakefield Valuation and Advisory, will address impairment accounting considerations. 

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Governor Extends Stay At Home Order Through May 8, Plans Three Phase Lifting of Restrictions Based on Virus Trends

See information slides from the April 23 Briefing.

Governor Roy Cooper issued Executive Order No. 135  extending North Carolina’s Stay At Home order through May 8. The orders extending closure of restaurants for dine-in service and bars and closure of other close-contact businesses are also extended through May 8.

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NEW VIDEO: Valuation Impacts Of COVID-19

The Appraisal Institute’s April 17, 2020, webinar featured about a dozen nationally recognized commercial real estate experts who addressed changing market conditions during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Click here or below to view.

Federal Banking Agencies Defer Some Appraisals, Evaluations

The federal banking agencies on April 14 issued an interim final rule to temporarily defer appraisals and evaluations under the agencies' interagency appraisal regulations. Certain appraisals and evaluations for residential and commercial properties are deferred for up to 120 days after closing a loan transaction. The interim rule excludes transactions involving acquisition, development, and construction of real estate.

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