Posts By: Nicole Crawford

Manufactured or Modular …Is There a Difference? – PART I

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Vicky Thompson, President and CEO of Valuation Management Group, grew up in North Carolina and the first home she purchased was a manufactured home. At the time, they were referred to as “trailers” or “mobile homes.” Manufactured home is the most recent label for what were once called “mobile homes” or “trailers.” They are relatively… Read more »

Quicker Appraiser Payments

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Valuation Management Group offers all appraisers the opportunity to receive payments directly to their bank account, eliminating the need to wait on the postal service and a trip to the bank.  Direct deposit is safe, easy, and so convenient.  It eliminates the possibility of lost, stolen, or forged checks.  Every week we hear from appraisers… Read more »

Valuation Management Group Receives Women’s Business Enterprise National Council Certification

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Valuation Management Group (VMG) has been in business since 2006 and had not considered applying for the National Women’s Business Enterprise Certification until Dodd Frank and the Proposed Interagency Policy Statement Establishing Joint Standards for Assessing the Diversity Policies and Practices of Entities Regulated by the Agencies. (10-25-13) VMG was awarded the WBENC certification in… Read more »

The Valuation Expo 2014 – PART II

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At the recent Valuation Expo 2014 in Las Vegas, one of the speakers asked the room of 400+ appraisers, “How many of you have read The Real Estate Appraisal and Evaluation Guidelines?” It was interesting that only a small number of hands were raised. There may have been a few that had read the guidelines… Read more »

The Valuation Expo 2014 – PART I

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The Valuation Expo 2014 recently concluded in Las Vegas, Nevada. I have attended the event for many years to take advantage of the excellent appraisal education. The opening session panel consisted of Robert Murphy, Director, Collateral and Valuation Policy for Fannie Mae, Gerald Kifer, Supervisory Appraiser for the Veterans Administration, David Burton, President of the… Read more »

It Is Time to Ensure Your Financial Institution’s Appraisal Management and Review Process Is Compliant – Part III

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For the third and final part of VMG’s three part blog on better understanding appraisal management and compliance, we will discuss outsourcing of the appraisal management process and the benefits. Click here to read Part I: PART I – Selecting and Engaging the Appraiser or Part II: PART II – Quality Assurance Reviews Part III – A… Read more »

It Is Time to Ensure Your Financial Institution’s Appraisal Management and Review Process Is Compliant – Part II

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Here is the second part of Valuation Management Group’s (VMG) three part blog to provide a better understanding of appraisal management and compliance. In this segment, we will discuss the importance of having compliant quality assurance reviews. Click here to read Part I: Part I – Selecting and Engaging the Appraiser Part II –                                       … Read more »

It Is Time to Ensure Your Financial Institution’s Appraisal Management and Review Process Is Compliant – Part I

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As a full service appraisal management company, Valuation Management Group selects and engages the appraiser, provides compliant quality assurance reviews, ensures appraisal compliance, efficiency, and can reduce expense for a financial institution. VMG is presenting a three part blog series to provide a better understanding of appraisal management and compliance. We will begin with selecting… Read more »

Fee Transparency – Appraiser and AMC Fees

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When it comes to fees and the issue of transparency, all AMC operating models are not equal.  While there are variations, AMC’s generally operate under one of two business models – Fluctuating and Cost-Plus. For purposes of this blog, we will be referring to non-complex residential assignments. Transparency signifies openness, communication, and accountability. This is something that… Read more »

Environmental Products Series – Part III

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For the third and final part of VMG’s three part blog on environmental assessments, Dana Spotts, our guest expert, will discuss Phase II Environmental Site Assessments (ESA). Click here to read Part 1: Environmental Checklists or Part 2: Phase I Environmental Site Assessments. PHASE II SITE INVESTIGATION (ASTM E 1903) “Phase II Environmental Site Assessments… Read more »