July 17, 2009 Elad Bushari

A July 10 lender bulletin from Freddie Mac says appraisers “must be familiar with the local market,” select “appropriate comparable sales,” and certify them as “most similar” to the property in question.

The bulletin also says appraisers are not required to use distressed properties in their comparable sales analysis unless they represent a good number of the properties on the market.

The bulletin is in response to the new Home Valuation Code of Conduct, which is being criticized for causing a shift among lenders to appraisal management firms outside the local market and for weakening home sales.

Elad Bushari

Elad Bushari is the Broker / Owner of Bushari Group Real Estate and a National "30 Under 30" Honoree by REALTOR Magazine in 2009.

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