CNBC published an article on their Real Estate blog entitled, “‘Massive’ shortage of appraisers causing home sales delays”
Below are a few quotes that summarize the story quickly, in case you don’t have the time or patience to read the article yourself.
“The appraisal shortage is massive. You’re seeing significant delays, you’re seeing cost increases, you’re seeing rate [locks] expire,” said Brian Coester, CEO of Rockville, Maryland-based CoesterVMS, a national appraisal management company.
…when the U.S. housing market came crashing down, the number of appraisers has shrunk by 22 percent, according to the Appraisal Institute, an industry association. With so few new cadets, the current population of appraisers is aging. More than 60 percent are over the age of 50.
…the decline in new appraisers is largely due to new regulations…
…appraisers no longer see a need to pay apprentices, but at the same time, licensing requirements to become an appraiser include 2,500 hours of appraisal experience to be completed in two years as an apprentice.
In some of the nation’s hottest housing markets, where sales are up double digits compared to a year ago, the shortage means searching far and wide for an appraiser.
[Home] Prices could change in the course of two months, the delay time it is now taking in some markets to have an appraisal done. Mortgage rates are also starting to move in a wider range, and that makes rate-locks ever more important.
How Does Benchmark Respond?
Our 5 Core Values have served us well. We believe that they will continue to enable us to thrive, even in a complicated market.
We built our reputation and our business on these Core Values, one of which is Relationship. Another complimentary value that we hold dear is Positive Attitude. The combination of these can go a long way in ways you may never expect. So what is our approach?
To be as clear and transparent as possible in building relationships with partners in helping our mutual clients to get their new home as smoothly as possible. Just like we pride ourselves on being thorough and courteous for our clients, we strive to be open and thorough in our communications with partners.
We have an experienced staff who search daily to ensure coverage. We foster positive relationships with our panel of appraisers.
Our appraisers prioritize us because we pay them generously and pay them quickly.
We have an advantage over appraisal management companies, as our appraisers receive the full fee, rather than just a percentage, and we have control over both the fee and the due date.
We have clear channels of communications with our appraisal department to quickly and efficiently resolve disputes and revisions.
Service is Our Trademark
For years, we have made the mortgage process look easy to those who have entrusted us with their home loans.
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