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Dart Board Newsletter - September 2017

We've got a few days until it's officially fall, but as soon as Labor Day is in the rearview mirror it seems we mentally move right into autumn. I hope everyone had a great summer, and academic years have started off on a positive note for those of you whose families are back in the school routine. For this issue of Dart Board, I wanted to share information about Disaster Area Inspection Reports. With the recent devastation caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and also by wildfires in the West, we're getting a lot of questions around what products should be used following a disaster.

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Article: Is Green Worth the Green? Appraising Energy-Efficient Homes

September 2017, Scotsman Guide - Energy costs, advances in technology, environmental concerns or the desire to be on the cutting edge all have driven advances in what are called "green" homes. Evaluating the value of green home features and improvements can be difficult, however, which can sometimes make it tough for originators to get loans approved on energy-efficient homes. Green appraisals require close coordination between everyone involved in the lending process, from originators and appraisers to construction professionals.

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Dart Board Newsletter - August 2017

Welcome to the August edition of Dart Board. In this issue, I wanted to delve into an AMC’s compliance responsibilities, including how we handle compliance here at Dart.

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Dart Appraisal Announces Vice President of Compliance & Process Control

August 17, 2017 - Dart Appraisal today announced the promotion of Tracey Volltrauer to Vice President of Compliance and Process Control. Volltrauer, who previously served as Dart’s Director of Compliance, has been with the company since 2010.

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Dart Board Newsletter - July 2017

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer! For this month's edition of Dart Board, I wanted to take a look at how the industry is trending, and also share some stats on Dart Appraisal's performance through the first half of 2017.

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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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