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ValuFinders survey reveals appraiser ordering processes varyMortgagePress.comValuFinders, appraisal technology, valuation services, AMCs, More appraisers are using technology to fulfill appraisal orders, according to a recent survey conducted by ValuFinders Inc., a provider of valuation services to national lenders, brokers and government agencies. The survey also revealed a limited use of appraisal management companies (AMCs). "These surveys give us an opportunity to hear from appraisers and appraisal services," said Joe Williams, president and CEO of ValuFinders. "Findings from a previous ValuFinders survey pointed to the need to establish appraiser independence because appraisers were often being inundated with requests from lenders to overvalue homes. This survey was aimed at discovering the methods appraisers want to use to relieve some of that pressure, such as technology. Complete appraiser independence will be achieved only after lenders, brokers and appraisers accept that technology will help in achieving true independence." According to survey findings: • 58 percent of appraisers stated that they use e-mail as the main delivery method of obtaining and delivering appraisal orders. From the remaining appraisers, 18 percent use an online service; • 40 percent responded that only one-fourth of their clients employ an online ordering system, while 32 percent answered that between one-half and three-fourths of their clients use them; • 56 percent of appraisers surveyed use AMCs for one-fourth or less of their business. Notably, 52 percent of all those surveyed do not foresee that percentage increasing in the future; and 82 percent said they would consider being part of an online network where they could receive appraisal orders. "A common misconception is that technology will eliminate brokers altogether. Instead, systems such as ValuFinders' Appraisal CONCIERGE provide them continuous access to the entire process while allowing brokers to concentrate more on their core business, originating loans," Williams explained. Appraisal CONCIERGE is a national outsourcing database that places appraisal orders via the Web and creates a pool of qualified appraisers before randomly selecting one to fulfill the order. ValuFinders, in support of the Home Valuation Protection Code and the Housing and Economic Recovery Act, works to educate the mortgage industry on the benefits of using technology in selecting appraisers. The company additionally presents the ordering party with a certificate of independent appraiser selection to acknowledge that they have used Appraisal CONCIERGE to ensure third-party participation in the appraisal process. Williams added, "Legislative changes are requiring originators to incorporate technology, and much of it is already available. Adopting the technology now will only help them be more competitive today and better prepared for the future." For more information, visit www.valufinders.com.