Recently I wrote about the new Home Valuation Code of Conduct, which forces a sort of fire wall between appraisers and mortgage brokers/lenders. It has caused uproar in the appraisal industry, as new middleman threaten to chase local appraisers with local relationships out of business.
But now I’m hearing rumblings of another sort in appraisal country.
Thanks to the new surge in foreclosures after all those moratoria expired, many appraisers are comparing regular existing properties to foreclosure sale properties. “Appraisers are now more likely to compare new homes to foreclosures, which can be ‘apples and oranges’ in many cases,” says John Burns of California-based John Burns Real Estate Consulting.