Skip to main content

Real Estate Groups Request Appraisal ‘Stay at Home’ Exemptions

NationalMortgageProfessional.com
Mar 27, 2020
Ginnie Mae has announced that it had approved the inclusion of a servicing advance financing facility under its Acknowledgment Agreement program

Real estate groups have asked state and local government leaders to include appraisers among “essential services” exempted from stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders issued during the Coronavirus pandemic.
 
The Appraisal Institute, the National Association of Realtors, the American Society of Appraisers, the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, and the Massachusetts Board of Real Estate Appraisers told the National Governors Association, the National Association of Counties, the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the National League of Cities that “We are concerned about ramifications and unintended consequences if appraisal services are not deemed to be essential services.”
 
The five real estate organizations’ letter said: “We respectfully request that state and local governments minimize the potential interruptions to the real estate markets, and more specifically interruptions to the provision of appraisal services, by declaring real estate services as ‘essential services’ under any emergency powers declaration.”
 
The groups also noted that “Appraisers are performing critical and timely services for real estate-related transactions, many of which will continue to take place during this crisis, and that will help to keep the economy functioning.”
 
They added: “Everyone’s goal is the same–to protect the health and well-being of our citizens. But we must also protect and preserve the fabric of our communities and the critical infrastructure that supports and protects us all.”
 
To date, at least 17 states, 26 counties and 10 cities have issued stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders, affecting 175 million people. Several states and localities have explicitly cited real estate appraisers under essential worker classifications, while others have not been as specific, creating potential inconsistency and confusion.

 
Published
Mar 27, 2020
KBRA Assigns Preliminary Ratings To SEMT 2021-6

Pool Of 497 First-Lien Loans Combined Have A Principal Balance Of Nearly $449M

Industry News
Sep 16, 2021
Fugo Appoints Bahlman As VP, Client Relations & Sales

Brings 19 Years of Experience To Texas-Based Back-Office Support Company

Industry News
Sep 16, 2021
Envoy Mortgage Expands To Atlanta

Envoy Mortgage lender expanded its Southeast operations to Atlanta, GA.

Industry News
Sep 15, 2021
FHFA Suspends Controversial PSPA Amendments

Today, the FHFA will be suspending controversial provisions added to the Preferred Stock Purchase Agreement (PSPA) on January 14, 2021.

Industry News
Sep 15, 2021
Covius Holdings To Acquire Nationwide Title Clearing

All 670 NTC Employees, Including Senior Management, Will Join Covius

Industry News
Sep 14, 2021
MBA Appoints AVP Of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Promotes Amber Lawrence From Position As Associate Director Of Career Development Programs

Industry News
Sep 14, 2021