Posts By: Nicole Crawford

Appraisal Messaging Notification Further Understood

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VMG hosted webinars on January 23rd for residential appraisers, to highlight Fannie Mae’s implementation of Appraisal Messaging Notification, which went into effect Monday, January 28.  Several good questions were posed by appraisers in attendance. One of the questions received was “How does the panel feel the new requirements will impact the appraisal industry as a whole,… Read more »

New Rule Requires Lenders to Provide Free Copy of Appraisal

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On Friday, the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau announced they have amended ECOA, Regulation B. The revisions to Regulation B require creditors to provide applicants with free copies of home appraisals before closing, and require creditors to notify applicants in writing that copies of appraisals will be provided to them promptly. The rule will go into effect… Read more »

January: National Radon Action Month

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Last year, over 20,000 deaths in the United States were caused by radon gas, according to the Center for Disease Control. Think this sounds like a lot? That’s more than carbon monoxide, fires, and drunk driving. Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas that you can’t see, smell or taste. This makes it incredibly hidden and… Read more »

Put Your Best Foot Forward With LinkedIn

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You may not love social media as much as I do, but let me tell you, utilizing the sites to their maximum capabilities will help you tremendously in your career. Especially LinkedIn. As an appraisal, mortgage, loan, or banking professional, your image and credibility will take you a long way. In the career-world, LinkedIn is… Read more »

5 Apps For Real Estate Appraisal Productivity

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Do you have an iPhone, iPad, Android phone or tablet? Are you using it for your business, or would you like to? With the onset of the smartphone and tablet craze, it’s time to ask yourself these questions. Technology is ever-changing, and there are ways to leverage new technologies to your business’ advantage. As a… Read more »

How the Housing Market is Involved in “The Deal”

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After coming to a deal regarding the much anticipated fiscal cliff, the housing market can take a deep breath and hopefully drive on to continue the recovery it has been working toward. The mortgage interest deduction was not touched by the deal, and Congress extended mortgage debt forgiveness tax relief for another year. The extension… Read more »

Community Reach – YWCA: The Square Foot Campaign

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VMG is a proud supporter of the YWCA of Northwest Georgia. Right now, their Square Foot Campaign is in full swing to raise money to expand and renovate the current shelter to house eight more people, update the kitchen and dining room so that families can share meals together, and add a teen room, youth… Read more »

Calculating Gross Living Area – 3 Important Pieces of Knowledge

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D. Scott Murphy, SRA, an appraiser on the VMG panel and a member of the Georgia Real Estate Appraisers Board has written an article explaining the requirements for gross living area (GLA) per the American National Standard Institute (ANSI). Scott discusses how GLA is “one of the most important elements of a home… [and] one… Read more »

Georgia Ranks 8th on Forbes’ Best States for Business and Careers List

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The state of Georgia ranks 8th on Forbes’ Best States for Business in December. With the cost of doing business at 2.4% below the national average, Georgia rose three spots from 11th on the list in 2011. Utah leads at number one for the third consecutive year. Forbes used six categories, weighing 35 points of… Read more »

Quality Appraisal Training: Hindsight is 20-20?

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Four years ago, in 2008, the Appraisal Qualifications Board (“AQB”) adopted a multi-year strategy to increase and upgrade the qualifications to attain an advanced level appraiser’s license (Certified Residential and Certified General). Implementation of the next set of qualification requirements will be here before we know it (January 2015). In short, the certified licensure will… Read more »