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Housing Market Gets More Competitive as Homes Sell Above Asking Price: Redfin

Originally published on March 18, 2021, by Erin Osgood for Redfin Press Center. 

36% of Homes Sold Above List Price in February, the Highest Share on Record

Historic competition for homes pushed sale prices up 14% as new listings fell 16%

SEATTLE, March 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- (NASDAQ: RDFN) — The national median home-sale price rose 14.4% year over year to $336,200 in February, the largest increase seen since July 2013, according to a new report from Redfin (www.redfin.com), the technology-powered real estate brokerage. Closed home sales were up 5% from a year earlier and pending sales were up 21%. New listings fell 16%—the second-largest decline on record since Redfin's data began in 2012, only passed by the drop in April 2020.

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AI Answers: A Walk Through “The Appraisal of Real Estate,” 15th Edition

AI Answers, with Jeff Sherman, Steve Roach, Leslie Sellers, and Bill Garber, spotlights the newly released “The Appraisal of Real Estate,” 15th edition, a peer-reviewed Appraisal Institute text and an authoritative source of recognized methods and techniques for valuation practitioners.  

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ASB Extends Current Edition of USPAP Through December 2022

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BREAKING: 2020-21 USPAP Extended for One Year

(Washington, DC) February 19, 2021 – The Appraisal Foundation’s Appraisal Standards Board (ASB) announced today that the current edition of the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) will be extended by one year. The 2020-2021 USPAP will now be effective until December 31, 2022.
“USPAP has been a living document since its adoption in 1987. Initially, changes were being adopted so frequently, they were simply being added as inserts into a large binder. As time has progressed the updating cycle lengthened to one year and now two years. Like every profession, COVID-19 has had an unprecedented impact on the appraisal profession and how we conduct day-to-day business. Pressing issues have arisen in our profession over the past year ranging widely from concerns about fair housing matters to how to conduct a socially distanced property inspection. USPAP is a maturing document, and it can take longer to study the complex issues facing our profession and how they will impact our standards. We believe all of these are all critical issues and deserve thoughtful consideration before we issue guidance,” said ASB Chair Wayne Miller.
“With that in mind, we have decided to extend the effective date of the current USPAP by one year. This will provide continuity to the profession during this pandemic while also giving the ASB the appropriate time to carefully examine the challenges facing our profession before offering additional guidance.”
To learn more about this announcement, please visit The Appraisal Foundation website, appraisalfoundation.org, or click here to read our Frequently Asked Questions, including how this decision impacts continuing education courses.
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Economy is Expected to Expand Nearly 7% This Year, Fannie Mae

Originally published by Fannie Mae on February 18, 2021. 

Fiscal Stimulus, Successful Vaccine Deployment Likely to Boost Growth but Also Pose Inflationary Risk

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. economy is expected to grow 6.7 percent in 2021, an improvement not only from last year’s 2.5 percent contraction but up, too, compared to last month’s forecast of 5.3 percent, according to the February 2021 commentary from the Fannie Mae (FNMA/OTCQB) Economic and Strategic Research (ESR) Group. The latest forecast upgrade of full-year 2021 real GDP growth reflects greater-than-expected consumer spending in the winter months, slowing COVID-19 case rates and hospitalizations, and the likelihood of an impending fiscal stimulus package. However, the ESR Group notes that some of the expected growth quickenings stem from a pull-forward of growth that was previously expected to take place in 2022; subsequently, its forecast of full-year growth in 2022 decreased 0.8 percentage points this month to 2.8 percent. The ESR Group’s updated forecast also highlights greater uncertainty and downside risks, including stronger inflation and higher interest rates, as well as potentially weaker growth if COVID-related restrictions persist beyond the spring.

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AI Board of Directors Approves 45-Day Notice Item on Agenda During November Meeting

The Appraisal Institute Board of Directors adopted one 45-Day Notice item on its agenda during its Nov.12-13 meeting, which was conducted via videoconference due to the coronavirus pandemic.
 
The Board adopted the proposed amendments to the Appraisal Institute Bylaws concerning the Audit Committee as set forth in the 45-Day Notice distributed to Designated Members, Candidates, Practicing Affiliates and Affiliates on Sept. 28. 
 
The Board also directed that the 45-Day Notice of proposed amendments to the Code of Professional Ethics be referred back to the Professional Standards and Guidance Committee for further study.
 
The Board also:
  • Adopted a strategic framework for the advancement of enhancements to the Appraisal Institute’s affiliation model.
  • Directed staff to develop a messaging and communications plan to be launched to communicate the enhancements to and value proposition of the Appraisal Institute’s affiliation model. 
  • Directed staff to investigate and report to the Board of Directors no later than the second regular 2021 Board meeting on the possibility of making Appraisal Institute books available both domestically and internationally through online subscription services and Print-on-Demand services.
  • Directed staff to investigate the cost and feasibility for “live-streaming” Non-Executive Session portions of virtual and in-person regularly scheduled Board of Directors meetings for AI Professionals, and for staff to report its findings to the Board at the first regular 2021 Board meeting.
  • Amended the temporary amendments to the Education Network Manual for chapter-sponsored synchronous programs.
  • Adopted the proposed 2021 budget.
  • Adopted the proposed Guide Note, “Compliance with the Code of Professional Ethics and Standards of Professional Practice of the Appraisal Institute,” as set forth in the Exposure Draft distributed to Designated Members, Candidates, Practicing Affiliates and Affiliates on Sept. 28 and as further modified by the PSGC.
  • Approved 2020 committee appointments.
The following Appraisal Institute Designated Members were elected to fill vacancies on the committees noted below:
  • Admissions and Designation Qualifications Committee: Stephen D. Roach, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS (Jan. 1, 2021 to Dec. 31, 2021 term).
  • International Relations Committee: Ernst. Ulich H. Bergmann, MAI, SRA (Sept. 10, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2021 term).
  • Audit Committee:  Robert L. Moorman, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS beginning Nov. 13, 2020.  Moorman’s term will continue through Dec. 31, 2022.
  • Strategic Planning Committee Chair:  Robert R. Elliott, MAI, SRA (Nov. 13, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2021).
Additionally, the Appraisal Institute conducted its annual membership meeting in accordance with the Illinois General Not For Profit Corporation Act of 1986. President Jefferson L. Sherman MAI, AI-GRS; President-Elect Rodman Schley, MAI, SRA; Vice Pledger M. (Jody) Bishop III, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS; and Immediate Past President Stephen S. Wagner MAI, SRA, AI-GRS reported on their activities on behalf of the Appraisal Institute. CEO Jim Amorin, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, reported on the activities of Appraisal Institute staff and Vice President Bishop presented the Finance Committee’s report.
 
The Board’s next meeting is scheduled for Feb. 24-26 via videoconference.

AI Addresses Alleged Valuation Bias: Message from AI President

As you’re probably aware, the topic of diversity and alleged bias in the valuation profession has been covered in the media recently, and it’s an issue that AI continues to take very seriously.

As the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers with over 17,000 professionals, and with more than 73,000 appraisers in the U.S., there’s no way we, or anyone else, can categorically say that no bias exists in the profession and that no individual appraiser has any bias. “Good” appraisals are credible and well supported – as you know, value is not a fact to be found. Attempting to find a non-appraiser’s opinion of the “correct” value sends us quickly down a rabbit’s hole. Instead, we are springing into action with a range of programs meant to attack whatever unconscious individual biases may exist; addressing matters of diversity within the profession; and developing policy solutions relating to mortgage financing and community and economic development.

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Appraisal Organizations Join Forces to Support Training, Ethics to Combat Bias

The Appraisal Institute, the American Society of Appraisers, the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers and the Massachusetts Board of Real Estate Appraisers today announced their collective support for the development of additional training that addresses unconscious bias in valuation, and for each organization to individually review its Code of Ethics and other governing documents to further ensure awareness and compliance among its membership and the valuation profession as a whole.

“During this important time in our nation’s history, our organizations stand together to enhance existing training and ethics initiatives and work even harder to ensure that the appraisal process is free of bias or discrimination of any kind,” said Appraisal Institute President Jefferson L. Sherman, MAI, AI-GRS.

Specifically, the professional organizations pledge to develop training programs for appraisers covering unconscious bias issues, helping to increase awareness by connecting the appraisal community with thought leaders on bias and discrimination.

“Acknowledging that bias exists is but one small step. Together with our partners, we commit to doing the hard work of educating our members about the various ways bias can affect their work, and provide them the tools necessary to overcome bias. By doing this as a profession, and not merely as individual organizations, we hope to underscore to our members and the public just how important this issue is to all of us,” stated American Society of Appraisers International President Lorrie Beaumont, ASA.

Each of the organizations also commit to take steps to enhance their respective Code of Ethics to more firmly or overtly address bias and discrimination issues with protected classes.

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AI Education & Relief Foundation Application

The Appraisal Institute Education and Relief Foundation (AIERF) was born out of the 2018 union of the AI Education Trust and AI Relief Foundation in order to most effectively and efficiently serve real estate appraisal professionals now and into the future.


For more than 50 years, the Appraisal Institute Education Trust (AIET) fostered the advancement of the real estate appraisal profession and played a critical role in supporting valuation education. AIET supported a vast range of initiatives, from world-renowned resources such as the Y.T. and Louise Lee Lum Library, to programs that will help secure the future of the valuation industry, including research grants and scholarships.

Since the formation of the Appraisal Institute Relief Foundation (AIRF) following the 2005 Gulf Coast hurricanes, more than $300,000 in emergency financial assistance has been provided to appraisers and other individuals in need.

Looking to the future, the AI Education and Relief Foundation will continue to seek opportunities to support and promote the profession of real estate valuation and the individuals who comprise the profession.

If you or someone you know has experienced a disaster or emergency causing financial, physical, or emotional distress, please encourage them apply today




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Appraisal Institute Scholarship Deadlines on Thursday (10/1)

The Appraisal Institute Education and Relief Foundation offers scholarships for AI professionals pursuing designations and state certification. Specific offerings are available for minorities and women. Candidates for Designation and Practicing Affiliates should apply by the October 1 deadline.

The NCAI Scholarship Committee is available to answer any of your questions and guide you through the application process. Contact Scholarship Committee Chair Kelli Mayhew.

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Appraisal Institute Seeks to Expand Diversity, Combat Alleged Bias in Valuation

As our nation continues reflecting on important matters of racial justice, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers today reiterated its efforts to expand opportunities for aspiring appraisers and help combat alleged bias in valuation.

The Appraisal Institute has several existing programs concentrating on this issue, including the Appraiser Diversity Pipeline Initiative with Fannie Mae and the National Urban League, along with the Minorities and Women Course Scholarship Program from the Appraisal Institute Education and Relief Foundation.

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New Appraisal Institute Textbook Addresses Time-tested Valuation Principles for Today’s World

In the midst of a global pandemic and social justice concerns, the Appraisal Institute published “The Appraisal of Real Estate,” 15th edition. The textbook long has been recognized as the valuation profession’s most comprehensive source of information for appraisers and other real estate professionals.

“We find ourselves in a situation much like 2008 today, with a global pandemic and social justice concerns affecting all areas of the economy—and many other aspects of daily life—in the United States and around the world,” Appraisal Institute President Jefferson L. Sherman, MAI, AI-GRS, wrote in the book’s foreword. “Today, appraisers and users of appraisal services do not know what the future will look like.”

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AI Seeks to Partner with TAF on Alleged Bias in Valuation

As you might have seen, two studies have been released in recent years that are gaining some attention in light of recent events in Minneapolis and elsewhere. The Brookings Institution conducted a study on racial wealth gaps attributable to valuation processes. It does not review appraisals, but uses Zillow and owner estimates of value to draw inferences about appraisal. Another report was published by the American Sociological Society, which interviews several field appraisers and takes issue with appraisal neighborhood/location adjustment processes.

The body of knowledge is well established and accepted. The appraisal process is rigorous, and we must defend it to the greatest extent possible. People (and appraisers) are not perfect. We can do more to reinforce existing requirements and to help illuminate important issues. That spirit is central to our Aug. 20 letter to TAF and to the actions we are taking to improve education and awareness.

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AI Board of Directors Approves 45-Day Notice Item on Agenda During August Meeting

The Appraisal Institute Board of Directors adopted one 45-Day Notice item on its agenda during its Aug. 6-7 meeting, which was conducted via videoconference due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Board adopted the proposed amendments to Appraisal Institute Regulation No. 4 regarding streamlining the requirements for readmission to Designated Membership. The 45-Day Notice was distributed to Appraisal Institute professionals June 22.

The Board also voted to send to 45-Day Notice proposed amendments to the Appraisal Institute Bylaws regarding the Audit Committee. Additionally, a project team will be created to study potential changes to Appraisal Institute Bylaws, policies and procedures regarding the nomination and election process for vice president.

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Craig Steinley Elected 2021 Appraisal Institute Vice President

Craig Steinley, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, AI-RRS, of Rapid City, South Dakota, was elected 2021 vice president of the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers Thursday by its Board of Directors during the Board’s virtual meeting.

Steinley’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 2021 and the National Nominating Committee in 2024.

“I feel privileged to have been elected vice president of the Appraisal Institute, and I’m excited to help guide the organization through these unusual times,” Steinley said. “I look forward to working hard for valuation professionals in the United States and around the world.”

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Appraisal Institute Cancels 2020 LDAC Conference, Looks Forward to Resuming in 2021

The Appraisal Institute on July 29 announced that it is canceling its 2020 Leadership Development and Advisory Council conference, which had been scheduled for Oct. 26-28 in Washington, D.C. The conference originally was to take place in May, but had been pushed back due to concerns about the coronavirus.
 
The LDAC Planning Committee and AI staff said the decision to cancel this year’s conference is in the best interest of the safety and well-being of LDAC participants due to ongoing concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. They cited input from conference registrants, as well as guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, local authorities and others.  
 
The Appraisal Institute is planning on a successful LDAC conference next year, which is scheduled for May 19-21 in Washington.  

Appraisal Institute Opens Registration for 2021 VP Presentations and Board Meeting

The Appraisal Institute Board of Directors will hold an election for the 2021 vice president during the morning session of its third quarter meeting Aug. 6 and host a general open session in the afternoon. Registration is open for both meetings. 
 
The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. CDT, and the vice president nominees will make their presentations to the Board at the start. Once the presentations have concluded, the Board will go into Executive Session. AI professionals who have registered to attend this meeting will be able to rejoin it at approximately noon CDT for the election of the vice president.
 
AI professionals must register for all meetings they wish to attend. If you wish to attend the vice president presentations and election beginning at 9 a.m. CDT and the general open session beginning at approximately 1 p.m. CDT, you will need to register for both. Please note that space is limited.
 
 
 
You will receive a confirmation email with your own unique link to join a session once you have registered.
 

AI Webinar - Is it Too Early to Evaluate Pandemic Impact on Real Estate Valuation?

The Appraisal Institute has assembled a stellar lineup of appraisers from the Top 10 Metropolitan Statistical Areas to help investors, developers, brokers, and other industry stakeholders understand initial buyer and seller reaction to COVID-19.

Residential real estate appraisers from across the country will summarize initial observations and identify considerations that appraisers will evaluate in the near and long term. We will also discuss trends in rural markets, appraiser reaction to policy changes of the GSEs, FHA and VA, and the dynamics with employee relocation appraisals, which require forecasting.

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AI ANSWERS: Weekly Updates from the World's Leading Valuation Authority

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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