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Are Appraisal Management Companies Value-Adding? – Stylized Facts from AMC and Non-AMC Appraisals

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  • Jessica Shui

    (Federal Housing Finance Agency)

  • Shriya Murthy

    (Federal Housing Finance Agency)

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In this paper, we study whether there are any systematic quality differences between appraisals associated and unassociated with appraisal management companies (AMCs). We find that compared to non-AMC appraisals, AMC appraisals on average share a similar degree of overvaluation despite being more prone to contract price confirmation and super-overvaluation. AMC appraisals also share a similar propensity for mistakes, despite employing a greater number of comparable properties. Our evaluation employs relatively simple statistical comparisons, but the results indicate no clear evidence of any systematic quality differences between appraisals associated and unassociated with AMCs.

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  • Jessica Shui & Shriya Murthy, 2018. "Are Appraisal Management Companies Value-Adding? – Stylized Facts from AMC and Non-AMC Appraisals," FHFA Staff Working Papers 18-01, Federal Housing Finance Agency.
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    Keywords

    appraisal management company; appraisal; appraiser; quality; Home Valuation Code of Conduct;
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    JEL classification:

    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • L85 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Real Estate Services
    • R3 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Real Estate Markets, Spatial Production Analysis, and Firm Location

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