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What's it take to get on VA list - An act of Congress?

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Terrel L. Shields

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In the past 2 years we have lost two of our local appraisers, one to cancer, one to heart condition. The former the only FmHA and one of only 2 FHA appraisers and the latter was the only VA appraiser on this side of the county. Now I am getting Realtors pleading with me to try and get on the VA list as they are using appraisers from 100 - 150 miles away to get reports done for VA.

I have been told that if you are not on HUD/FHA list do not even apply, which means only 1 on this side of the county could qualify. Anybody got a quick run down on how and who can get on the VA roster?

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David S. Roberson

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I've had an application in since 1983, when there was only one VA appraiser in this area. There is still only one (the same one) today. You tell me.
 

David Mullen

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Terrel

I would submit another application (send it to the attention of the chief of the valuation branch) and explain how far other appraisers are having to travel and that they are far from their area. Also, a phone call to their valuation branch might help but try to find the name of someone (especially the chief of the valuation branch) to ask for first. Otherwise, it is hard to tell who you will end up talking to if a member of the clerical staff forwards your call. The chief of the branch is the person that has the authority to add to the panel.

There is very little turn over on the VA panels because there is absolutely no pressure from them to do anything dishonest. To the contrary, if anyone does anything shady, they are gone in a hurry. If a lender tries to pressure you, one call to VA will stop that really fast.

They do not keep large panels just for the sake of having a lot of names on a list. They keep just enough people to get the job done so that is why there is little turn over.

In my area, we get almost no VA work but when one comes in, it is refreshing to know that you can go out and do your job the right way without having some worm bugging you to hit the number or ignore repairs.
 

Terrel L. Shields

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On the OK side of the line, the only VA appraiser I know is a lady who pleads with the VA to add someone to the list. In OK local lenders must go to Ft. Smith, Tulsa, or Bartlesville, OK to find a VA appraiser if Juanita doesn't do it. She tries for 10-20 day turnaround and is covering 4-5 counties.

In Ark. apparently there are few from Fayetteville/Springdale or Roger/Bentonville and like everyone else the turnaround is often 30-40 days currently for VA. So again, they go to Ft. Smith, Harrison, or Russellville for a VA appraiser. It is 150 mi. to Russellville, 80 to Harrison. 100 to Tulsa. Seems far too few for the area.
 

BenLuby

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Terrell,
Get three letters of reference from other licensed, reputable appraisers, one who is hopefully the lady who already does VA, put together a complete resume kit, with a copy of your E&O and all the experience and classes you have been to, and then save it all to disc.
Send that sucker out once a month to the head of the local VA, and, if you know anyone with political clout to maybe touch base with them.
You will eventually get on, but make it so they are certain who you are. Otherwise, you are in for a long wait if you are waiting on them to call you. Good Luck.
 

Charlotte Dixon

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Terrell....I guess all V.A. regions are a little different, in regard to adding fee panel members. I applied in 1988 and got on in 1993. But that was only after sending monthly letters and samples every 3 months. I followed up with a call each time. Delaware is small, and I think we have 7-8 V.A. panel members now. Since Dover Air Force Base is here, I'm very busy with V.A. work. They only add as many fee appraisers as they can keep up with. The Philadelphia Region I've been with since 1993 has dissolved, and now everything is sent to Cleveland. I've been told that the guys I'm familiar with in Philadelphia are now going to be on the road monitoring us, like they did when I was on my 3 month probation when I started. Regarding FHA appraisers being candidates for a V.A. fee panel member, I don't think so. When I was trained they told us to forget everything we knew about FHA, if we happened to be an FHA appraiser. Only a few of us were. FHA is much stricter in regard to trip hazzards and all the home inspection crap they have to do now. Again, this is only my experience.
 

EDWARD BERRY

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Terrell,

You wrote:
In Ark. apparently there are few from Fayetteville/Springdale or Roger/Bentonville and like everyone else the turnaround is often 30-40 days currently for VA. So again, they go to Ft. Smith, Harrison, or Russellville for a VA appraiser. It is 150 mi. to Russellville, 80 to Harrison. 100 to Tulsa. Seems far too few for the area.
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You are sadly missinformed(do not believe some lenders).

I have been on the VA panel 25 years, it is 25 miles to SS, I can do in my lunch hour all that are on that side of the County.

VA assigns by computer in rotation, thus the statement is that THEY have to go to Ft Smith ETC is just so much bull.

There are about 8 VA appraisers in Washington & Benton County, we get them out 5 working days or off we go.

It apperas the lenders that are talking to you are mad that they cannot control the VA appraiser. They do have an appeal process, and we must do it for FREE.

With the exception of RElos and REpos, VA is the only true appraisal assignments left in NW ARK.

The rest are blank filler ins and number hitters.(with the exception of farm work)

I would like the name of ANY lender that has had to wait 30 days for a VA appraisal. We meet next month and that appraiser will go off the panel.

Our mission is to help a a Vet obtain housing, and NW ARK VA panel is VERY decitated. DO not be brain washed by the lenders or Realtors.(I am also a Realtor)

Respectfully-ed berry
 

Mike Garrett RAA

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No one would wait 30 days for a VA appraisal anywhere. Each region has the authority to place on the panel a sufficient number of appraisers to meet the needs of that area. Our required turn time is 8 calendar days which is really difficult right now with all the refi's.

I have been on the panel for 10 years. It took seven years from the time I submitted to get on the panel. Recently our region placed individuals on the panel who had applications on file for less than two years. We presently have more than 20 appraisers for two counties but we also have 5 military installations in the area and a huge military retirement community.

I would do the following:

1. Neatly prepare all the necessary paper work. Include your best work samples.

2. Get letters from three appraisers in the area (including the VA appraiser) recommending you. These should be on letter head with original signatures.

3. Get letters of recommendation from several lenders in the local area. Ask them to discuss your ability to produce an "impartial" appraisal.

4. Call your local congressman and ask for a letter to the VA recommending you.

5. Once you have your package completed, call the Regional Office and request a meeting with the Chief of the Valuation Section. Take the package to him/her personally. Be very positive in that meeting. Tell them why you would be a good addition to the panel.

6. If you don't get appointed immediately...follow up every 6 months with updated work samples and more letters of recommendation.

7. Lastly, find out who the VA panel members are and ask them to recommend you verbally to the Chief of the Valuation Section.

I hope you find this helpful. Being a VA panel appraiser is a good thing. You are reasonably insulated from lender pressure. Don't let anyone kid you about that...they will still try. Do honest work in a timely mannner and you will have a steady work load.
 
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