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High Risk Loans

Published On 05-22-2013 , 10:28 AM

Due to a banking crisis followed by a national recession, most banks have tightened their credit criteria over the past five years in an effort to minimize credit risk. But it is not enough to be able to recognize situations that enhance risk. The Interagency Appraisal and Evaluation Guidelines mand ...

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Appraisal Bidding Issues

Published On 05-15-2013 , 12:33 PM

 Every bank has a different system for bidding and engaging appraisers. Even banks with appraisal departments have developed unique bidding and engaging processes. When I worked at Whitney, a new appraisal request was assigned to the staff appraiser who would ultimately review the report. This  ...

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Flood Insurance Issues

Published On 05-13-2013 , 10:07 AM

I imagine every bank in Louisiana has heard about the upcoming changes to the FEMA flood insurance program. Of course, these changes will not be limited to Louisiana, because they are the result of a mandate by Congress for the flood insurance program to be fully funded by insurance premiums. This c ...

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Appraiser Competency

Published On 05-08-2013 , 4:31 PM

On the issue of appraiser competency, regulators and banks are on the same page. Nobody intends to use incompetent appraisers. Yet the regulators have found enough instances in examinations to incorporate an appraiser competency requirement in the Interagency Appraisal and Evaluation Guidelines. Des ...

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Appraisal Engagement Procedures

Published On 04-24-2013 , 5:50 PM

The Interagency Appraisal and Evaluation Guidelines mandate that every bank establish an Appraisal Program. The portion of this program that pertains to appraisal engagement can be codified by a bank in one of three ways:
1)      Completely covered in the appraisal  ...

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