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North Carolina Adopts Customary And Reasonable Fee Guidance Document

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North Carolina Adopts Customary and Reasonable Fee Guidance Document

The North Carolina Appraisal Board on Dec. 13 released the guidance document Customary and Reasonable Compensation for Appraisers that provides interim guidance on implementation of a new law requiring AMCs operating in the state to offer reasonable and customary compensation to appraisers in compliance with federal law.
 

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So outside of North Carolina, AMC's are operating outside of compliance with Federal Law; ( IE: VA & FHA Fee's are part of Federal Law )

Seems logical to me.....
 

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I can tell you from experience on the ground that the AMCs are laughing at this document
 

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North Carolina Adopts Customary and Reasonable Fee Guidance Document
The North Carolina Appraisal Board on Dec. 13 released the guidance document Customary and Reasonable Compensation for Appraisers that provides interim guidance on implementation of a new law requiring AMCs operating in the state to offer reasonable and customary compensation to appraisers in compliance with federal law.

Federal law establishes two “presumptions of compliance” regarding AMCs paying reasonable and customary fees to appraisers. The first presumption allows AMCs to evaluate each of six different factors for each appraisal assignment, including property type, scope of work, turnaround time and appraiser qualifications. The second allows AMCs to rely upon objective third-party information, including government agency fee schedules and academic studies/surveys, among others. AMCs that demonstrate that they used one of these methods to establish their fees is presumed to be in compliance with federal law and would therefore in compliance with the new state law.

The new guidance also states that the Appraisal and Inspection Fees Schedule for North Carolina published by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is one of many different tools and resources an AMC can use to establish a presumption that they are in compliance with the requirements for the payment of reasonable and customary fees contained in both federal and state law.

Find a copy of the guidance document BELOW online.

Guidance Document
Customary and Reasonable Compensation for Appraisers

On January 1, 2017, Session Law 2016-61 will become effective. SL 2016-61 states that:
For appraisal assignments of property secured by the principal dwelling of the consumer, an appraisal management company shall compensate appraisers in compliance with section 129E(i) of the federal Truth in lending Act (15 U.S.C. §1601 et. seq.) and regulations promulgated thereunder. The Board shall adopt rules necessary to enforce this subsection. Rules establishing customary and reasonable rates shall be based on objective third-party information such as academic studies and independent private sector surveys.
The Board anticipates beginning rulemaking on this law in the near future. Until that time, however, the Board issues this Guidance Document for AMCs and appraisers to interpret and implement the requirements of SL 2016-61.
According to 12 CFR §1026.42 there are two ways in which an AMC may comply with the new law.
1. AMCs are presumed to comply with the new law, if:
(a) The AMC (agent) compensates the appraisers in an amount that is reasonably related to recent rates paid for comparable appraisal services performed in the geographic market of the property being appraised. In determining this amount, a creditor or its agents shall review the factors below and make any adjustments to recent rates paid in the relevant geographic market necessary to ensure that the amount of compensation is reasonable:
(1) The type of property,
(2) The scope of work,
(3) The time in which the appraisal services are required to be performed,
(4) Fee appraiser qualifications,
(5) Fee appraiser experience and professional record, and
(6) Fee appraiser work quality

(b) The AMC (agent) and the Client (creditor) do not engage in any anticompetitive acts in
violation of state or Federal law that affect the compensation paid to fee appraisers,
including:
(1) Entering into any contracts or engaging in any conspiracies to restrain trade through methods such as price fixing or market allocation, as prohibited under section 1 of the Sherman Antitrust Act, 15 U.S.C. 1, or any other relevant antitrust laws; or
(2) Engaging in any acts of monopolization such as restricting any person from entering the relevant geographic market or causing any person to leave the relevant geographic market, as prohibited under section 2 of the Sherman Antitrust Act, 15 U.S.C. 2, or any other relevant antitrust laws.
2. AMCs are also presumed to comply with the new law by determining the amount of compensation paid to the fee appraiser by relying on information about rates that:
(a) Is based on objective third-party information, including fee schedules, studies, and/or surveys prepared by independent third parties such as government agencies, academic institutions, and private research firms,
(b) Is based on recent rates paid to a representative sample of providers of appraisal services in the geographic market of the property being appraised or the fee schedules of those providers, and
(c) In the case of information based on fee schedules, studies, and surveys, such fee schedules, studies, or surveys, or the information derived therefrom, excludes compensation paid to fee appraisers for appraisals ordered by appraisal management companies.
The Appraisal Board hereby states that the Appraisal and Inspection Fees Schedule for North Carolina appraisals published by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Atlanta Regional Loan Center (VA fee schedule) is a government agency fee schedule which AMCs may use as a presumption of compliance with SL 2016-61.
The Board does not require AMCs to pay appraisal fees only in accordance with the VA fee schedule. An AMC may pay a fee that differs from the VA fee, but must be able to show compliance with SL 2016-61 if a complaint is filed regarding the fee offered or paid to the appraiser.
The customary and reasonable fee for a complex assignment may reflect the increased time, difficulty, and scope of work required for such an appraisal and may include an amount over and above the customary and reasonable fee for non-complex assignments.
Rev. December 12, 2016
 

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Federal law establishes two “presumptions of compliance” regarding AMCs paying reasonable and customary fees to appraisers. The first presumption allows AMCs to evaluate each of six different factors for each appraisal assignment, including property type, scope of work, turnaround time and appraiser qualifications. The second allows AMCs to rely upon objective third-party information, including government agency fee schedules and academic studies/surveys, among others. AMCs that demonstrate that they used one of these methods to establish their fees is presumed to be in compliance with federal law and would therefore in compliance with the new state law.

After this paragraph, none of the rest of it mattered.

Should have spend the rest of their time deciding what is a valid demonstration.
 

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After this paragraph, none of the rest of it mattered.

Should have spend the rest of their time deciding what is a valid demonstration.

I've been saying the devil will be in the details. That's where antitrust allegations could arise.
 

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All I know is that I've quoted the VA schedule on orders 13 times....no assignments.
 
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All I know is that I've quoted the VA schedule on orders 13 times....no assignments.

I quote it every day and am making as much as I was before. So now its 4 reports a week @ $500 versus 5 @ $400, this is the slow season and I have an extra day off. :shrug::dancefool:
 
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Warren Sumner

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QUOTE="Mr Rex, post: 2745303, member: 75089"]I quote it every day and am making as much as I was before. So now its 4 reports a week @ $500 versus 5 @ $400, this is the slow season and I have an extra day off. :shrug::dancefool:[/QUOTE]

Congrats.
 

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I quote it every day and am making as much as I was before. So now its 4 reports a week @ $500 versus 5 @ $400, this is the slow season and I have an extra day off. :shrug::dancefool:

A heavy hitter I know who is an outstanding appraiser and teacher is doing VA, conventional, commercial, court work, review, etc and is quoting VA minimum on everything.

He is also one of the ones pushing for separation of fees to state representatives and federal representatives.
 
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