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AMC Rules, Oversight, Regulations, Appraiser Vetting, How To Complain

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Meandering

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Navigating the Real Estate Valuation Process
Effective collateral valuation policies and practices are critical to the success of any real estate lending program. A prudent valuation process can help an institution fully understand its real estate collateral position and minimize losses when the collateral becomes the primary repayment source. To clarify supervisory expectations for prudent real estate appraisals and evaluations, the federal financial institution regulatory agencies1 issued the Interagency Appraisal and Evaluation Guidelines (Guidelines)2 on December 2, 2010. Banks have implemented the various provisions of the Guidelines to strengthen their overall real estate valuation program, but continue to seek feedback from their regulators about several issues discussed in this article.

https://www.FDIC.gov/regulations/examinations/supervisory/insights/siwin11/navigating.html

The IAEG has been used by AMCs as a claim laid to expanding their powers over AMCs.

Here is the rule for appraisers that was/is in effect since 2011
https://www.FDIC.gov/regulations/examinations/supervisory/insights/siwin11/siwin11.pdf

Within this rule concerning Appraisers, it states Customary & Reasonable Fees were in effect as of 4/1/2011.

Now with the new AMC final rule, states are not forced to implement it for 3 years.

But these Agency rules where in effect since 2011.

To report violations of the agency rules by AMCs to the FDIC the link is here:

https://www.FDIC.gov/consumers/questions/consumer/complaint.html
 

Riick

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Hi Marion..
FYI spoke to a friend who's been working as a reviewer for an AMC. (Horrible job, but he needs the $$)
He tells me that he's frequently seen appraisal orders *from Loan Officers* of various Banks
and notations on the orders not to use Appraiser X, Y or Z, or to use appraiser ZZ or the appraiser who did property last time.
So much for AMCs as a firewall between Loan Officrs and Appraisers.
 

Meandering

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Too bad your friend doesn't want to go whistle blower with the FDIC.

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Riick

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Did suggest he start collecting copies of these items... whether he'll do anything - that's another story.
He'll huff & puffs about things, but stops very short of doing anything.
 

Meandering

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A few million in settlement is a nifty incentive,

Especially when it costs nothing to call and get some legal advice.
 

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Appraiser Is the Whistleblower in HCA’s $16M Settlement Over Lease Payments

September 24, 2012Volume 21Issue 34

In the first false claims case where a real estate appraiser is the whistleblower, HCA agreed to pay $16.5 million to settle allegations that it overpaid a physician group for office space. HCA, a Nashville-based for-profit hospital chain, also allegedly freed the physicians from a separate lease obligation, according to the Department of Justice, which announced the settlement on Sept. 19.
https://aishealth.com/archive/rmc092412-02

Bank Appraiser Does Better as Whistle-Blower
Robert Madsen, then a real estate appraiser who worked at LandSafe, a subsidiary of Bank of America
Madsen's lawsuit against Bank of America for mortgage fraud. Each of these defects that he found was, in Madsen's telling, covered up by his bosses so that Bank of America could keep issuing mortgages and keep the mortgage machine running, at the expense of deceived federal mortgage guarantors. Madsen styled himself "Relator," rather than the less hoity-toity "Plaintiff," because he didn't just sue Bank of America on his own behalf. He sued on behalf of the United States of America, and the United States won. And so did he:

Mr. Madsen said federal prosecutors would pay him $56 million
http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2014-12-19/bank-appraiser-does-better-as-whistleblower

A Second Bank of America Whistle-Blower Is Set to Get $56 Million
Robert Madsen, one of four whistle-blowers in the federal government’s $16.65 billion civil settlement with Bank of America, said keeping secret his cooperation with federal prosecutors for nearly four years had not been easy.
http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2014/12...of-america-case-set-to-collect-millions/?_r=0
 

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