CHICAGO, Nov. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Appraisal Institute today told a Congressional hearing there is a "better, less-complicated approach" that would modernize the U.S. appraisal regulatory structure by improving quality, reducing costs and addressing fundamental concerns that drive appraisers from the profession.
In Capitol Hill testimony before a subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee, the Appraisal Institute suggested that Congress realign the appraisal regulatory structure with those of other industries in the real estate and mortgage industries. As the nation's largest professional association of real estate appraisers, the Appraisal Institute recommended using as a model the National Mortgage Licensing System cooperative among state agencies. "Appraisers are being choked by rules and regulations in nearly every facet of their business," Bill Garber, Appraisal Institute director of government and external relations, told the Housing and Insurance Subcommittee in written testimony. "Appraisers' professional lives have become extremely complicated, more expensive and less productive due to a dated and archaic regulatory structure. As a result, consumers suffer from increased turnaround time, delays in loans and potential higher costs." Noting that the federal regulatory structure for real estate appraisal essentially has been untouched since 1989, the Appraisal Institute's written testimony said regulation is "overwhelming" appraisers and proving to be "counter-productive" for the profession and for users of appraisal services. "Real estate appraisers face a 'layering effect' of rules and regulations that creates a disincentive for potential entry into the profession, while also diminishing the profession's profitability," the Appraisal Institute said in its written testimony. As examples of these rules, the Appraisal Institute cited background checks with no federal mandate or efficient processing system, and unappealing supervisor-appraiser and trainee-appraiser requirements, among others.