Monthly Archives: November 2014
On Friday, October 17, 2014 ICAP hosted a PAC fundraiser celebrating its 20th Anniversary. The fundraiser was held at 205 W. Wacker Drive, Suite 202, Chicago, IL and featured Jesse White, Illinois secretary of state as the keynote speaker.
Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres were served and 55 appraisers attended the event. At the event The Secretary stressed the importance of political involvement and recognized ICAP’s efforts in staying politically involved.
ICAP’s Political Action Committee (PAC) receives contributions from its members, and utilizes those funds to help elect candidates who support appraiser related issues. ICAP’s PAC is non-partisan, supporting both Republican and Democratic candidates who promote the legislative priorities of the appraisal profession in Illinois.
On Friday October 17th ICAP in conjunction with the IDFPR put on The Illinois Supervisor—Trainee Course at the Chicago Chapter of the Appraisal Institute Education Center.
165 appraisers attended the Conditional Education offering that is required to be completed by applicants for the Associate Real Estate Trainee Appraiser credential PRIOR to issue, after January 1, 2015. It is also a required offering for those who want to supervise trainees after January 1, 2015. This course was written and presented by Brian Weaver – Real Estate Appraisal Coordinator on behalf of the Division of Real Estate – IDFPR.
I am asking that you to take a moment to participate in this important industry effort.
Fannie Mae’s Collateral Underwriter (CU) will be available in the first half of 2015. The CU performs automated risk assessment of appraisals submitted to the Uniform Collateral Data Portal based on information that you provided through the Uniform Appraisal Dataset (UAD). The CU provides a risk score, flags, and messages to the lender.
The GSE’s have mandated that all appraisals be submitted in the UAD format; however, currently there are no plans to provide appraisers access to this data.
This data needs to be provided to appraisers at the beginning of the appraisal process; ensuring transparency, and improving the process by reducing risk to lenders and the general public.
Please join this online petition to allow appraiser access to the data that they provided through the Uniform Appraisal Dataset (UAD).
2014 ICAP President
ICAP 2014 Illinois Appraisers Update Seminar – Lisle
August 18, 2014
Lisle Sheraton Hotel, Lisle, Illinois provided the great venue we’ve come to expect each year for ICAPs 2014 Illinois Appraisers Update Seminar. On August 18, 2014, 303 professionals participated, making ICAPs 14th annual Lisle seminar another success. The morning started with registration, fresh fruit, breakfast sandwiches, and an opportunity to meet with exhibitors. A special thanks to the exhibitors this year and their efforts to help make this year’s Lisle seminar excel.
Rick Hilton, IFSA, 2014 ICAP Vice President and our host for the day, opened the seminar with a warm welcome to participants, thanking them for their support and attendance. Throughout the day Rick provided brief introductions for the seminar speakers, in order of schedule: Rich deVerdier, 2014 ICAP President, Ron DeVries, Barton DeLacy, Jim Blaydes, TJ McCarthy, John Brenan, John Torvi, Charlie Franklin, and Brian Weaver. Rich deVerdier, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS started the morning session thanking the exhibitors and presenters. He briefly explained a recent legislative victory with HB5709 and announced ICAP’s new Supervisor/Trainee Seminar offering. After a wonderful lunch, representatives from the vendor showcase were given an opportunity to address the seminar with a brief introduction of their services. Rich deVerdier was presented a plaque of appreciation for his service as ICAP 2014 President. Additionally all attendees participated in a drawing conducted by Rick. Vendor representatives presented winners with gifts donated by each respective vendor. The final opportunity to take advantage of the vendor showcase was during the afternoon break and Ice Cream Social, always a Lisle favorite.
Ron DeVries, MAI, SRA started out the morning session with a presentation on Multi Family Chicagoland. Ron started out with an overview of the Chicago and suburban market and compared it to trends nationally. He then presented an analysis of over 90,000 units in 10 different Chicago markets. Bottom line, the Chicago multi-unit residential market is recovering and projecting and even stronger 2015. True to his form, Ron not only presented the material, but also educated his audience on analyzing the multi-unit residential market, including; market indicators, market segmentation, and building classifications.
Barton DeLacy, MAI, CRE, FRICS, ICAP 2014 Secretary next encouraged appraisers to Grow you Practice – a Primer on Valuation Consulting. Barton suggested we look “inside the box” and exploit what we do already offer beyond just values. Furthermore, appraisers should look beyond appraisals for financial institutions and look towards consulting. Appraisers are trained to offer opinions that are competent, independent, impartial, and objective. “Imagine an appraisal, but without a value.” Consulting can be for only for a portion of the appraisal and not include an opinion of value. Barton particularly urged residential appraisers to explore this space, including litigation support, impact studies, market rent analyses, property tax consulting, and due diligence (prior to sale). Diversifying your business with consulting services will not only increase your production, but also your bottom line.
Jim Blaydes, SRA, Illinois Real Estate Appraisal Licensing Board Member, discussed Illinois Legislation Issues. He first took the opportunity to give a lesson on the legislative process in Illinois. Essentially, 1) Bill is Drafted (House or Senate), 2) Bill is Introduced into originating Chamber, 3) Bill is Referred to Committee, 4) Committee Hearing, 5) 2nd Reading, 6), 3rd Reading, 7) Sent to 2nd Chamber (approval or sent back to original Chamber), 8) If approved sent to Governor (sign or veto), 9) New Law. Jim then explained some of the legislative actions that ICAP has been involved with in 2014, including SB1841 and SB3044. Jim also explained ICAP’s involvement in helping to write the proposed language for the administrative rules for the AMC Act.
TJ McCarthy, SRA provided insight into some of the latest Fannie Mae activities. One area of particular interest for appraisers was the FM Appraiser Quality Monitoring Program. The program can place appraisers on a list that would require their appraisals to be subject to 100% review or a list of appraisers whose appraisals are no longer accepted by Fannie Mae. TJ also encouraged appraisers to read through Fannie Mae letter LL-2014-02: Property and Appraisal Requirements for Properties Located in Small Towns and Rural Areas. He suggested there is quotable text in the letter for appraisers working in rural parts of Illinois. He also explained more about the Supervisor and Trainee Requirements in Illinois related to the new required course.
After lunch, John Brenan, Director of Appraisal Issues for the Appraisal Foundation, provided an overview on the Appraisal Foundation (AF). The AF has nine appraisal sponsors, three affiliate sponsors, and one international sponsor. It is comprised of four Boards: The Appraisal Quality Board (AQB), the Appraisal Practices Board (APB), the Appraisal Standards Board (ASB), and the Board of Trustees which has oversight responsibility for the operations of the AF. There are also three advisory councils: The Appraisal Foundation Advisory Council (TAFAC), the Industry Advisory Council (IAC), and Valuers Global Forum (VGF).
Projects the APB have been working on include, but are not limited to: Collection and Verification of Residential Sales Data in the Sales Comparison Approach, Collection and Verification of Data used in the Sales Comparison Approach for Non-Residential Properties, Valuation Issues in Separating Tangible and Intangible Assets, Identification of Contributory Assets and Calculation of Economic Rents.
Notable initiatives include the partnership with Association of Appraiser Regulatory Officials (AARO) and the ASC which includes the investigator training courses, a five-year memorandum of understanding with the U.S. Department of Energy on Valuation of Green Buildings, creation of Alliance for Valuation Education, eLibrary and new courses development, creation of webinars, brochures and YouTube videos, and consistent USPAP enforcement. APB intends to look at the existing methods and techniques and develop an abstract for education.
John stated that out of approximately 85,000 appraisers nationwide, the AF only receives 30 to 35 respond to the various exposure drafts issued by the Boards. He stressed the importance of appraisers responding to requests for public. All comments are read by all members of the applicable board. For information on any of these topics please visit the AF at appraisalfoundation.org. Mr. Brenan can be contacted at email@example.com.
John Torvi, Landy Insurance Agency and Charles Franklin, Franklin Law Group discussed Buy Back Claims made against appraisers and their Errors and Omissions (E&O) Insurance. It is not surprise that one of the top two E&O insurance claims is by primary loan originators for overvaluation after a loan defaults. John explained what he is seeing related to E&O claims. He strongly urged appraisers to read and understand their E&O Insurance as a risk management tool. Charles explained what they are seeing related to defending against these claims. He described the litigation process and options the appraiser may or may not have related to their defense. As usual, Charles baffled the audience with stories of real court cases.
Brian Weaver, Illinois Coordinator, presented Legislative Updates. During 2014 the Division of Real Estate was created, SB3044 passed, criminal background checks begin January 2015, and there were member changes to the Appraisal Advisory Board. The Illinois Governor signed an Executive Order on March 31, 2014 creating the Division of Real Estate resulting in a structural change and creating a Director of Real Estate. The Appraiser Act was amended through SB3044 to comply with the AQB criteria. Effective January 1, 2015, background checks for new licensees will be required. Other changes included in SB3044 pertain to BPOs and waiver valuations. The newest member appointed to the Illinois Real Estate Appraisal Licensing Board is Peter Poulos, MAI. Retiring from the Board is Timothy J McCarthy, SRA. Currently, there are 4,427 Illinois appraisers: 515 Trainees (94% in IL), 2,452 Certified Residential (91% in IL), and 1,460 Certified General (73% in IL). Brian gave a One Year Later status of AMC’s in Illinois. There are currently 189 AMC’s registered in Illinois. Since August 2013, approximately a dozen licensed AMCs have closed. Brian anticipates the total number of AMC’s in Illinois will either stay relatively the same or decrease as more AMCs leaving the business. Brian shared some interesting results of a survey sent to all registered AMC’s in Illinois related to an AMC Compliance Audit. Brian ended by stating the best way to contact himself or Mary Bates is by email, firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
~~~Ken Mrozek, MAI, SRA