Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Appraiser Active in Washington, D.C.

While browsing at Tampa International Airport, waiting to board my flight to Washington, D.C., I picked up a copy of the Tampa Bay Times. On the tarmac, waiting to take off, I noticed a familiar face looking at me from page 4B; the Business Section. 


The headline:


PINELLAS PROPERTY APPRAISER TO TESTIFY BEFORE HOUSE SUBCOMMITTEE


I'm pleased the writer, Elizabeth Behrman, decided to include these points:


"The bulk of my testimony has to do with ensuring appraiser independence, and the value and importance of appraiser independence," Gregoire said.
"Buyers don't expect the appraiser to just rubber stamp the sale price," he said. "They want a good, honest, objective appraisal by somebody that has the necessary qualifications to do a credible job."
As long as the appraiser can demonstrate that his data is supported and correct, the lender should just lay off," Gregoire said.
For those interested, the testimony I am offering on behalf of the National Association of REALTORS is at this LINK, along with that of the other panel members.


UPDATE: There is a link to the video of the entire hearing at the link above.


This is what the hearing room looked like, just prior to 10:00 A.M. That's subcommittee chair Biggert preparing to gavel the meeting to order.

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