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April 23, 2018

TriStar's Appraisal Waiver Request Denied by ASC


Good news - As per Bill Garber, Director of Government and External Relations for the Appraisal Institute, the Appraisal Subcommittee (ASC) rejected TriStar Bank's temporary appraisal waiver request on April 23, 2018.


As per Mr. Garber, at least two ASC board members spoke to the point that the turnaround time saved as a result of granting the request was too small to justify it. In addition, a sizeable group of Tennessee appraisers called into question some of the data provided to justify the waiver. The same Tennessee appraisers expressed a willingness to work with TriStar to improve turnaround time.


The Columbia Society was among a group of Appraisal Organizations who also voiced opposition to the request.



April 1, 2018

TriStar Bank Requests ASC to Consider Appraisal Waivers in Rural Markets


A lot has been happening since our last communication. 



In November 2017 Tristar Bank requested that the Appraisal Subcommittee (ASC) consider exempting their bank from existing appraisals requirements under Section 103 of S.2155 due to a shortage of appraisers in rural areas.



In December, 2017 Fannie Mae implemented its Property Inspection Waiver (PIW), offered through its Desktop Underwriter program, for certain refinance loans. The PIW offer, issued through Fannie Mae’s Collateral Underwriter (CU) on loans that are found to have a qualifying risk score, will give lenders more freedom from representations and warranties, according to Fannie Mae.



On March 12, 2018 a Coalition of Appraiser Groups (including Columbia Society) sent a letter to the Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs opposing the Appraisal Waiver bill.



On March 14, 2018 the Senate passed the Appraisal Waiver bill. It now sits in the House for further review.



On March 16, 2018 The Appraisal Foundation sent a letter similar to the one sent by the Coalition to the ASC.

Where do you stand on these issues? Let us know.  Contact and voice your opinion.


Click on the links below to read the letters.

Letter from Coalition of Appraiser Groups to Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs

Letter from The Appraisal Foundation to ASC





October 2017

Call to Action - Speak out about Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac Initiative to Waive Appraisal Requirements

Freddie Mac & Fannie Mae have embarked on programs that waive appraisal requirements in first purchase and refinance transactions, using propriety models and generally unreliable data from MLSs and public records for collateral risk decision making. According to Fannie & Freddie, this is being done to lower costs and shorten closing time for consumers. While Fannie Mae has indicated the appraisal waivers will represent only 5 percent of their loan portfolio, Freddie Mac has thus far being unwilling to provide estimates, indicating that as much as one-third of their portfolio may be offered appraisal waivers. These programs will create unnecessary and unacceptable risks for taxpayers and homeowners, and they come at a time when markets are at all-time highs and when risk mitigation should be tantamount.

Let Congress hear from you if you are against the Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae waiver programs.

Contact Your Congressional Representatives


September 6, 2017

Industry Groups Attempt to Halt Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from Implementing Appraisal Waivers

Today 35 industry groups, including the Columbia Society of Real Estate Appraisers, sent a letter to the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, and to the House Committee on Financial Services, attempting to prevent the new appraisal waiver programs being implemented by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.  The waivers are being allowed for loans where Fannie and Freddie feel there are sufficient loan-to-value ratios and enough in-house data to warrant Automated Valuation Models (AVMs) instead of appraisals.

The industry groups disagree.  They feel that full appraisals are needed to safeguard taxpayers and homeowners in the home-buying process. 

Read the Letter









December 21, 2016

William Green Spearheads Effort to Stop Appraisal De Minimis Hike


Columbia Society National President William H. Green III, on behalf of the Columbia Society of Real Estate Appraisers and ten other appraiser groups who are Sponsors of The Appraisal Foundation, sent a letter to Janet Yellen, Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, in response to a recent statement from Chair Yellen addressing a possible change to appraisal requirements, specifically raising the de minimis from $250,000 to $500,000.  The groups requested a meeting with Chair Yellen to discuss the detrimental effects of such an increase and are awaiting feedback from her group.


View     Letter










July 15, 2015

William Green Heads Up Appraiser Regulatory Reform Group - Industry Leaders Endorse White Paper

Over the past year, a select group of professional appraisal organizations including Columbia Society have met to discuss what are jointly viewed as major problems facing our appraisal profession. The effort was headed up by Columbia Society's National President William H. Green III.  The results of these discussions are outlined in an industry paper entitled Regulatory Issues Affecting the Real Estate Appraisal Profession, originally released April 30, 2015.  The paper, along with a summary document and a letter to federal legislators, are linked below.


View       Letter        Summary Document        Full White Paper

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