Is your real estate appraisal program up to par?
Abstract: In the wake of the financial crisis, lawmakers and banking regulators have set their sights on real estate collateral valuation practices. To be sure of meeting examiners’ expectations, it’s important to conduct an assessment of one’s appraisal and evaluation program. This article looks at the recently revised Interagency Appraisal and Evaluation Guidelines that indicate which transactions are covered and what makes a collateral valuation program effective. A sidebar discusses an evaluation of collateral, which may be required in lieu of an appraisal when a transaction is exempt.