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Volume 2014 - Number 12

March 27, 2014

Feds Propose Minimum Requirements for State Oversight of Appraisal Management Companies

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Federal Housing Finance Agency and four other federal financial regulators issued a proposed rule this week that would implement minimum requirements for state registration and supervision of appraisal management companies. Mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act, the requirements would apply to states that voluntarily choose to establish an appraiser certifying and licensing agency with the authority to register and supervise AMCs. While there would be no penalty imposed on states that do not establish a regulatory structure for AMCs, these businesses would be barred from providing appraisals in such states. The provisions in the proposed rule are...

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