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Kathe Ostrom

Down the Appraisal Rabbit Hole

Well, it’s been a dry spell since things that make me crazy have shown up. But at IBS, the Exec Committee was given a report, “State Appraisal Regulatory Board Best Practices”, on a GAO publication (Government Accountability Office) entitled ‘Real Estate Appraisals – Appraisal Subcommittee Needs to Improve Monitoring Procedures’.  Huh? Background: After the messy housing recession, the Dodd-Frank Act required the GAO to report on appraisals.  The purpose was to determine the ability of the Appraisal Subcommittee (ASC) to monitor and enforce state and federal certification requirements and standards, and to determine if the activities of the ‘Appraisal Foundation’ are consistent with statutory mandates. My first thought was, “What? Who?” Then NAHB decides to … [Read More...]

Government Relations

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BAM Board Meeting + Builder Day at the Capitol

  On March 12, over 170 builders association members from across the state converged in Saint Paul to use our collective industry voice at our state’s Capitol. We are stronger together, and it’s one of the reasons the Builders Association of Minnesota exists. Every local association was represented and together we met with nearly 75% [...]

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Legal Action

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What Does BAM’s Legal Action Fund Do For Me?

The home building industry’s legal action efforts came to life in 2003 in response to the significant amount of government regulation negatively impacting the residential construction industry. Having developed sophisticated legislative and regulatory programs, the industry found that more and more often the court system was the venue of last resort to stop cost-drivers. Initiative [...]

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BAM Leadership Posts

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BAM Board Meeting + Builder Day at the Capitol

  On March 12, over 170 builders association members from across the state converged in Saint Paul to use our collective industry voice at our state’s Capitol. We are stronger together, and it’s one of the reasons the Builders Association of Minnesota exists. Every local association was represented and together we met with nearly 75% [...]

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NAHB Updates

Kathe Ostrom

Down the Appraisal Rabbit Hole

Well, it’s been a dry spell since things that make me crazy have shown up. But at IBS, the Exec Committee was given a report, “State Appraisal Regulatory Board Best Practices”, on a GAO publication (Government Accountability Office) entitled ‘Real Estate Appraisals – Appraisal Subcommittee Needs to Improve Monitoring Procedures’.  Huh? Background: After the messy [...]

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