Issues related to real estate appraisal and valuation programs are of critical interest to bankers and regulators. "Navigating the Real Estate Valuation Process," which appears in the Winter 2011 issue of Supervisory Insights released today, highlights certain aspects of the 2010 Interagency Appraisal and Evaluation Guidelines (Guidelines). This article also provides information for bankers regarding sound practices for banks' real estate valuation processes in the areas of valuation review, independence, content standards, preparer selection, and monitoring.
"Banks have implemented provisions of the Guidelines, but continue to seek feedback from their regulators on appraisal-related concerns," said Sandra L. Thompson, Director, Division of Risk Management Supervision. "We are providing information on best practices that is intended to help financial institutions successfully navigate the real estate appraisal and valuation process."
This issue of Supervisory Insights also looks at how banks are offering consumers and businesses the opportunity to conduct banking transactions using a mobile device. Along with the added convenience, however, come potential risks. "Mobile Banking: Rewards and Risks" describes how mobile banking services are delivered, identifies the unique risks to financial institutions and consumers, and describes strategies for mitigating these risks.
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