1st Quarter 2013 index
FHFA - House Price Index
Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). FHFA was formed by a
legislative merger of the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight
(OFHEO), the Federal Housing Finance Board (FHFB) and the U.S. Department
of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) government-sponsored enterprise
(GSE) mission team
FHFA produces, in
PDF format, a
quarterly House Price Index (HPI) that tracks single family house prices
by region, state and Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA).
HUD info for Appraisers
New - New Mortgagee Letter (09-51) FHA is
adopted the Fannie Mae Form 1004D/Freddie Mac Form 442. This and
several other recent Mortgagee Letters are available from the
HUD's Appraisers page.
On that same page, HUD has posted FAQs related to several of the recent
Mortgagee Letters. These FAQs and the recent Mortgagee Letters that
affect appraisers are listed under "What's New" in the quick links area of
the appraisers page.
All of HUD's forms and publications
can be found at the
Appraiser should be familiar with the Homeownership Center (HOC)
& M Contractors for HUD REOs are also listed online.
Sign up to receive notices (including
Mortgagee Letters) from HUD.
FEMA Flood Maps
If you have a valid physical street address enter
it in the form near the top right corner of the page. This pull up
the appropriate panel. Click on the green dot to view.
Click on “Make a FIRMette” to generate a graphic
file that you can print and or insert in your report.
If you do not have a valid street address you can
click on the "Map Search" on the menu bar at the top of the page.
You will then get a map of North America. Click on the map in the
area you need to see and it will zoom in. Continue to click and zoom
in until you can locate the correct panel. Next, click on the
"Point" icon on the left (it's the target). Then, click on the
green dot as above.
Soil Survey Maps
The U.S. Department of
Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has made soil
survey maps available online.
for some tips on navigating the NRCS soil survey site.
Census Tract Numbers
At this location you will find the FFIEC Geocoding System which is a
search engine that will provide the Census Tract number or Block Number
Area number for the address that you enter.
Once you have located the census tract number there are links to
demographic data for that census tract.
If you are in an area where the
tract number cannot be found by address, you may want to try this
can zoom in on a map to find the tract number.
Mortgage Fraud Blog
What is a "blog?" A "blog" is a Web Log.
This particular blog has information regarding mortgage fraud cases from
around the country. As you know, many mortgage fraud schemes would
not work without an appraiser who is willing to hit the number, and risk
going to jail. See the latest news in this area and sign up for
email notification of new cases.
Mid-West Appraisers Association
MWAA has resources for appraisers in Nebraska, Iowa and
The Appraisal Foundation
Get to latest exposure drafts and
other communications from the ASB and AQB.
This is the home of the National
Registry of licensed and certified appraisers. Also has links to
state appraiser regulatory agencies in each state.
Barry Shea & Associates
For more information on Barry's practice. Also,
additional resources for NH based appraisers.
Appraisal Board Links
We have links here to most of the state boards for the areas where our
courses are presented and/or approved.
National Association of Independent Fee Appraisers
The National Association of Independent Fee Appraisers (NAIFA) is an
Appraisal Sponsor of The Appraisal Foundation. NAIFA has
a fine discussion area for appraisers which is open to all.