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Dart Board Newsletter - June 2017

I hope everyone's summer is off to a great start! Hard to believe we're halfway through the year already. In this month's Dart Board, I wanted to dig into the appraisal process - what happens behind the scenes at Dart regarding your orders, and also some tips for you to share with your borrowers on what they should expect.

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Ditech Financial names Dart Appraisal as Approved AMC

June 6, 2017 - Dart Appraisal today announced that it has been named an approved Appraisal Management Company (AMC) by Ditech Financial LLC (“Ditech”). Dart Appraisal will immediately begin providing residential valuation services to all of Ditech’s mortgage origination channels.

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Dart Board Newsletter - May 2017

Welcome to the May edition of our Dart Board newsletter. In this issue, I want to talk about some specialty appraisal products as well as give you an update on what's going on here at Dart Appraisal.

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Dart Appraisal Collects Supplies for Troops for Military Appreciation Month

May 10, 2017 - Dart Appraisal has teamed up with Operation Care Package of Michigan (OCPMI) to supply overseas troops with care packages throughout National Military Appreciation Month. OCPMI is a nonprofit, volunteer-based organization that sends care packages overseas.

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Dart Board Newsletter - April 2017

What does appraising today look like? Better yet, what does it look like to join the appraisal profession in 2017? These questions have been top of mind for us in the valuation industry for some time now, and I'd like to share some information as well as my thoughts with you on these issues in this month's Dart Board.

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Dart Appraisal Collaborates With HouseCanary to Offer New Value Report

April 6, 2017 - Dart Appraisal today announced it will offer a new valuation product to its lender clients through a collaboration with HouseCanary, the leading real estate data analytics company based in San Francisco. The Value Report provides an on-demand valuation, risk assessment and market data for a single property or entire portfolios.

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Dart Board Newsletter - March 2017

We've officially entered the spring home-buying season, and despite current low inventory the industry is preparing itself for what is forecasted to be a strong buying season. For this edition of Dart Board, I wanted to share a refresher on some key points of Appraisal Independence (AIR) that lenders need to be aware of whether you use an AMC or you manage your appraisal process internally.

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Article: Ensuring Independence

March 2017, theMReport - A fundamental requirement of loan origination and mortgage lending is that the appraisal process must be absolutely independent from anyone who is responsible for generating loan volume or who stands to financially benefit from the funding of a loan. Also, the appraisal must not be influenced by anyone responsible for ordering, reviewing, or accepting appraisals and evaluations.

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Dart Board Newsletter - February 2017

Welcome to the February edition of our Dart Board newsletter. We have less than 30 days left of winter, and as we look ahead to warmer weather we’re also eagerly anticipating the start of the spring buying season. With all the new growth that the new season brings, I wanted to focus this issue on New Construction.

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Dart Appraisal Grows Washington Panel to Meet Demand

February 16, 2017 - Dart Appraisal, has grown its panel of appraisers in Washington state by 15% since October 2016. Washington, and more specifically greater Seattle, has been one of the most competitive real estate markets in the country for the past year.

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Dart Board Newsletter - January 2017

At Dart Appraisal, we're coming off a record year and looking forward to another year of serving our lender partners. As I'm sure is similar to most people working in the mortgage industry, we have a watchful eye on the interest rate environment, trying to anticipate what volumes will look like in 2017.

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Dart Appraisal Announces Director of Production Workflow

January 19, 2017 - Dart Appraisal today announced the promotion of Rachel Lasater to the newly-created role of Director of Production Workflow. Lasater, who previously served as Dart’s Operations Manager, has been with the company since 2003.

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