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December 18, 2014

Fannie Mae Selling Guide Updates
December 16, 2014

On December 16, Fannie Mae instituted a number of substantive changes to their Selling Guide.  Changes include: 
􀂃B2-3-04, Special Property Eligibility Considerations (Properties with Solar Panels)􀂃

B4-1.3-05, Improvements Section of the Appraisal Report (Energy Efficient Improvements)

􀂃B7-3-02, General Property Insurance Coverage (Coverage Requirements)

These changes are effective immediately.  Please click here to read the full announcement.

December 16, 2014

The Appraisal Foundation: In its December 13 print edition, The Wall Street Journal published The Appraisal Foundation's response to the article, "Dodgy Home Appraisals are Making a Comeback." Click here to view a copy of the article and our response.

The Appraisal Foundation: The Appraisal Foundation Appoints New Officers and Members to the Board of Trustees, Appraisal Standards Board, Appraiser Qualifications Board and Appraisal Practices Board. Click here for more information. 

December 8, 2014

The Appraisal Foundation: Holiday Half Price Sale. Click here for more information.
December 2, 2014

The Appraisal Foundation: The Appraiser Qualifications Board (AQB) has issued the following: Exposure Draft of a Proposed Revision to the 2015 Real Property Appraiser Qualification Criteria and Guide Note 9 (GN-9).

All interested parties are encouraged to comment in writing to the AQB before the deadline of January 15, 2015. 

Written comments on this Exposure Draft can be submitted by mail, email and facsimile. 

Magdalene Vasquez
The Appraisal Foundation
1155 15th Street NW, Suite 1111
Washington, DC  20005



If you have any questions regarding this Exposure Draft, please contact Magdalene Vasquez at (202) 624-3074 or

Appraiser News: Good News For a Change? Reprinted from Appraiser News 12/2/14. All rights reserved. 



December 2, 2014

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of an appraiser icon in the Oklahoma City, OK area. Joe C. Cooke, IFAS, PNP passed Sunday from a massive heart attack after spending a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends. Joe was very instrumental in the building of NAIFA in the Central OK area in his "hey day”. He held many local offices, was an instructor and served on many national levels as well as holding the office of National President in 1978. Joe was still actively appraising at the time of his death and just attended the Oklahoma Real Estate Appraiser Board annual seminar for which he was recognized as having been appraising for over 40 years. Joe’s exuberance and light hearted nature will be missed by all. 

In lieu of flowers or other charity, donations may be made to NAIFA. You may specify it to be applied to General Fund, Marketing, Legislative, Education, or the E&R Trust, if you desire.

Joe Cliff Cooke, age 71, of Norman, passed away November 30, 2014.  He was born August 21, 1943, in Borger, Texas to Jessie and Frances Cooke.  Joe was self-employed as a residential real estate appraiser.  He was owner and operator of CIRAC Appraisal Company.  Joe is survived by his wife, Louise Cooke, of the home; 2 sons, Jason Cooke & wife Melinda, of Norman; and Christopher Cooke, of Tahlequah; 3 grandchildren, Madison and Justin Cooke and Ethan Cooke; 1 brother, Duff Cooke, of Mesa, AZ; and 1 sister, Jayleen Honn, of OKC.  He is preceded in death by his parents.  A Prayer Service will be held at 7:00 PM, Tuesday, December 2, 2014, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 421 E. Acres St., in Norman.  The Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 AM, Wednesday, December 3, 2014, at St. Joseph Catholic Church.  Services are under the direction of the John M. Ireland Funeral Home, Moore, OK

October 1, 2014

NAIFA: We are excited to announce the 2014 NAIFA award recipients:
  • Paul A. Wetzel Award: Chuck Blau Esq., IFAC. This award is the association's most prestigious award. It was created in honor of Past National President, Mr. Paul A. Wetzel for his service contributions and accomplishments on behalf of NAIFA.

  • Educator of the Year: Jerry Keller, IFA and Dale Bynum, IFA. The Educator of the Year Award began in 1995 to recognize instructors considered outstanding in their service through contributions of teaching skills, years of teaching, educational contributions, textbooks, courses written, and impact on students.

  • Appraiser of the Year Award: Barry Shea, IFA. The Apprasier of the Year Award began in 1964 and recognizes the appraiser that is seen as an outstanding leader for NAIFA. 
Congratulations to all of the winners this year! 

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NAIFA: The 2015 Board Roster is available! Click here to view.




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