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Volume 10 - Number 8

April 14, 2017

Perceived Shortage of Appraisers Delays VA Closings, Raises Costs

The VA mortgage market is experiencing a shortage of qualified appraisers willing to accept VA loan assignments, causing longer wait times, delayed closings and higher appraisal costs. Testifying during a hearing called by the House Veterans Affairsí Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity, top VA officials complained of difficulty in obtaining appraisals, particularly in rural and remote areas of the country. Jeffrey London, director of the VA Loan Guaranty Service, said the apparent shortage has resulted in turn times for appraisals that can take up to nine weeks. The VA maintains a seven-day timeliness requirement for appraisals for the VA Fee Panel. The problem was more acute last year when loan volumes were strong in many markets, including VA. Turnaround times for appraisals may have exceeded more than 30 days in some rural areas, according to the Appraisal Institute. The markets have ...

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