Automated Appraisals Don’t Paint the Whole Picture

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The use of Automated Valuation Models (AVM) is expected to expand following the announced plans of the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to waive the requirement for a professional appraisal on qualified purchase loans where the loan-to-value (LTV) ratio is at or below 80 percent. Fannie Mae had previously allowed this waiver only for refinancing, while Freddie will now allow automated evaluation tools for both purchase and refinancing loans when working with its Loan Advisor Suite. CoreLogic’s Principal Economists Yanling Mayer, writing in the company’s Insights Blog, says these changes come as the industry is hearing of shortages of certified and licensed appraisers, especially in rural areas. But there is still controversy. The Appraisal Institute has raised safety and soundness concerns over eliminating…(read more)

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