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Posts made in August, 2009

  • HVCC, HERA & other Bureaucratic Sausages

    August 19, 2009 /
    Dennis S. Pearce /

    The only thing that saves us from the bureaucracy is inefficiency. An efficient bureaucracy is the greatest threat to liberty." Eugene McCarthy In the spirit of an inefficient bureaucracy, and under the guise of "economic recovery", we've seen several new edicts handed down from the mountain lately. The 2 most onerous directives go by the handy handles of 'HVCC' & 'HERA'. Both attempt to right the wrongs perpetrated in this last housing runup, but from my perspective, they are relatively undisguised attempts by big banks to utilize the fear in the marketplace to have their way, creating legislation that does little to remedy the actual problems, while pushing the BIG BANKING agenda well down the road. The Home Value Code of Conduct (HVCC), enacted in April, puts severe restrictions on the lines of communication between lenders and appraisers, requiring the use of an automated online system to place appraisal orders, while keeping lenders and brokers from speaking directly, and purportedly preventing the collusion that took place in the dark ages between '04-'07. The fly in this ointment is the reality that quality work requires quality people. The new system requires lenders to draw anonymously from a predetermined pool of appraisers,…Read more