Inadequate Valuation Consideration in TARP (Troubled Asset Relief Program)

By
Commercial Real Estate Agent with LandQwest Commercial

 

As the House and the Senate work through proposed changes to the newly proposed Troubled Asset Relief Program, in which the government will relieve lenders of illiquid mortgage securities, potentially to the tune of $700 billion, the Appraisal Institute has encouraged policymakers to include valuation-related language in the massive bill, as well as bring to the fore the many valuation-related issues involved. The current drafts of the TARP program do not adequately address such critical issues of valuation, according to a September 24 letter the organization wrote to Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, Jr., and Federal Board Chair Ben Bernanke.

 

“Virtually every level, including the purchase and management of assets, requires specialized real estate appraisal expertise to promote the protection of taxpayers and the public interest,” said Bill Garber, director of government relations at the Appraisal Institute. “However, the current proposal pending before Congress does not sufficiently address valuation concerns, an issue in which the consumers and businesses in this country need restored confidence.” 

 

The Appraisal Institute was joined by the American Society of Appraisers, the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, and the National Association of Independent Fee Appraisers in its September 24 letter.

 

The appraisal groups provided several suggestions to protect taxpayers, including:

 

  • Establishing an executive-level chief appraiser to create appraiser qualification criteria at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
  • Conducting verifiable portfolio analysis by qualified, local appraisers to increase confidence levels in the current market. .
  • Protect neighborhood property values by requiring the use of professional, qualified real estate appraisers that adhere to generally accepted appraisal standards, to conduct the valuation of such property.

 

“The network of appraisal organizations stand ready to assist the Treasury, FDIC, Congress and others involved in crafting this critical program to provide accurate valuations of properties used at all levels,” added Garber. “The solution to the current crisis requires massive mortgage renegotiations, and we strongly believe that expert advice at the street level can restore stability in the mortgage market and build a foundation to turn the tide for other financials.”

 

For the full comment letter, visit www.appraisalinstitute.org/newsadvocacy/downloads/ltrs_tstmny/2008/AI-ASA-ASFMRA-NAIFAonTARP-Final.pdf

 

Managing Director







Stephen A. Cunningham; MAI, CCIM

Managing Director

Email: scunningham@landqwestcommercial.com
Office Phone: 239-275-4922 ext. 225
Fax: 239-275-4699
Mobile Phone: 239-910-4085

Professional Affiliations/Community Activities: MAI Member of The Appraisal Institute, CCIM Designee of the CCIM Institute, Member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, Florida State Certified General Real Estate Appraiser #RZ300, Florida Licensed Broker.

· Corporate Office · 12800 University Drive, Suite 150 · Fort Myers, FL 33907 ·
(239) 275-4922 · Fax: (239) 275-4699

close

This entry hasn't been re-blogged:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
Groups:
Appraisers

Spam prevention

Accessibility option: listen to a question and answer it!

To submit the form,
drag the lock to the circle on the side.

Type below the answer to what you hear. Numbers or words, lowercase:

Rainer
21,097

Stephen A. Cunningham

MAI, CCIM
Ask me a question
*
*
*
Spam prevention

Accessibility option: listen to a question and answer it!

To submit the form,
drag the woman to the circle on the side.

Type below the answer to what you hear. Numbers or words, lowercase:

Additional Information