I just returned to Texas after a whirlwind trip to the east coast, where I met with the New York Attorney General’s office and officials from the Federal Housing Finance Agency and Fannie Mae. The topic: appraisals, and specifically the concerns and perspectives that you, our REALTORS and appraiser members have raised about the implementation of the HVCC.
First and foremost, I want to thank all of you for sharing your comments on the Voices of Real Estate blog this past week. Steve Brown’s entry, “All’s Not Quiet on the Midwestern Front” has received more than 120 comments – all of them very insightful. In fact, your thoughts were so important to the discussion that we shared them directly with the staff from the New York Attorney General’s office as prime examples of the problems we are seeing. We also shared the results of a recent survey of members, which highlights the overall impact of appraisal challenges on the mortgage transaction.
Those of you who have met me know that I don’t pull any punches. So, let me give you my honest assessment of my meetings:
1. All of the officials we met with wanted to hear about our experiences, and they conceded that there are problems.
2. All agreed that we can and should immediately address gaps in communication and education to help resolve how the HVCC is being applied.
3. How we resolve other more fundamental problems is not yet clear and will likely require a longer-term effort.
So what’s next?
First, in the weeks ahead NAR will be working closely with everyone in the industry, including Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the Appraisal Institute and government officials, to clarify the HVCC and how it should be applied. As many of you noted in your comments on this blog – pointing fingers is not the solution, we have to work together to improve the process for everyone.
Second, NAR is working with Congress to move legislation that would place an 18-month moratorium on the Home Valuation Code of Conduct, so that we can consider how best to modify the HVCC and to resolve additional concerns that many of you have raised about it and other appraisal issues in the current environment.
As always, we will keep you posted on our efforts on this blog and on Realtor.org. I encourage you to check out our HVCC Myths and Facts for more information. We also will be updating our FAQ to answer many of the questions you have raised in your e-mails and posts.
Of course, we encourage you to continue to share your thoughts and experiences with us whenever you can. With your participation, we will move the housing market forward, “United Toward Tomorrow.” – Charles McMillan, 2009 NAR President
Friday, July 3, 2009
Charles McMillan, President of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of REALTORS®, has just posted an Appraisal Update on the NAR Voices of Real Estate blog.
Here's what he had to say:
Posted by Frank Gregoire at 10:53 PM