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We want help with overflow, but don’t like Appraisal Management Companies
My bank has an in-house appraisal department and chief appraiser. We work with a few appraisal management companies when we have to, but we often find ourselves frustrated with the quality and lack of transparency into the process. And besides, my chief appraiser isn't a big fan of appraisal management companies.
Partner with MountainSeed and experience an approach to appraisal management that is different than other appraisal management companies. At MountainSeed, we encourage institutions to invest time and attention to the valuation process. For many larger institutions, that means building a sophisticated and independent in-house appraisal function. We don’t want to replace it. We want to serve it. We have meaningful experience working with chief appraisers and their teams.
I do reviews but I’m not an appraiser.
My bank’s in-house appraisal reviewer is overwhelmed. She has other underwriting and risk-management responsibilities, she doesn’t have any formal appraisal training, and she simply can’t keep up with it all. On top of that, we’ve heard that federal regulations may require appraisal reviewers to have minimum levels of expertise, experience and education.
Instead of investing overhead in hiring permanent, additional staff, partner with MountainSeed Appraisal Management. Let us take the pressure off by coordinating appraisal reviews performed by licensed review appraisers, whether or not you order the appraisal through us or use us to manage the process.
We need help with appraisal independence.
My bank is rethinking our approach to the appraisal management process in light of the new regulatory environment. I like the idea of involving an independent third party appraisal management service to manage a significant portion of our valuation process, including ordering appraisals, managing the process, and reviewing the appraiser’s work product. But I don’t understand how that would fit into our current process and lending policy.
Let MountainSeed share with you how we’ve successfully partnered with institutions like yours. MountainSeed Appraisal Management was originally born out of MountainSeed Advisors, a bank-advisory and -consulting firm. While we’ve developed an expertise in appraisal management, we’ve kept our advisory roots. We understand the regulations and can work with you to develop custom processes that solve business needs.
We are looking for an appraisal management company that understands commercial as well as residential.
We’re looking for a holistic solution to manage our appraisal process. While residential appraisal reviews are important, a significant percentage of our portfolio is commercial loans, and our special assets team needs valuations from time to time on all sorts of properties. The appraisal management companies we’ve talked to seem to have experience dealing with high-volume residential work, but we’re not sure they can handle commercial or complex assignments.
Partner with MountainSeed Appraisal Management and experience solutions tailored to every aspect of your real-estate lending program, and every stage in the life cycle of your loans. A substantial portion of the work we do, whether it’s ordering appraisals or reviewing appraisals, involves commercial and complex properties. Many of the members of our executive team have substantial prior experience developing, managing, and advising banks and investors with respect to their investments in, large, complex commercial properties at every point in the cycle, from origination or acquisition, through workout or disposition.
Do the regulations say we HAVE to use an appraisal management company?
The regulations are so dense that I feel paralyzed. I’ve just been handed responsibility for my bank’s collateral valuation department, but I don’t know where to start. I know the process is supposed to be independent, but does that mean that I have to hire an appraisal management company? I heard that even if I hire an appraisal management company, I’m ultimately responsible for compliance. I've read some guidance, and I've picked up bits and pieces from conferences or compliance forums, but I need to see the big picture before I can make an informed decision.
We want you to hire us, but not out of fear. Here’s a fact. It doesn’t matter who you are or what your lending profile looks like. Appraisal Management Companies aren't a requirement for compliance. We’re not a law firm, but our in-house compliance team works hard to stay on top of regulatory developments. Members of our leadership team often write and present to national audiences on appraisal and valuation-related regulation. Before you move forward -- whether you ultimately hire us, use another appraisal management company, or handle everything internally – give us a chance to show you how we see it all fitting together. You’ll make a better decision if you understand the current regulatory landscape, and we’re here to help.
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How do we work?
We built our appraisal management company platform to be flexible. We offer tailored solutions that give our clients the freedom they want with the control they need.
What is our process?
Login to our online, appraisal management portal.
Conveniently place your companies appraisal orders right from our online portal
Let us manage the bidding and assignment of appraisal orders to appraisers on YOUR PANEL. Stay as involved as you want to be.
View the progress of the order and communicate with us through our online platform.
All of our commercial appraisal reviews and residential appraisal reviews are done by licensed or certified general appraisers.
Monitor the performance of your panel appraisers with our appraiser scorecards. Scores are based on quality, communication and time. And the process is transparent. Appraisers have access to their scores.
Take comfort in the fact that we almost always hit deadlines.
Issues with an appraisal? Take advantage of our established dispute resolution process.
Questions? Just ask us. We’re not a lawfirm but our dedicated compliance team immerses themselves in appraisal regulation and process issues. We’re always happy to share our thoughts.
If we’re not adding value, you can leave. Our service has no minimum order volumes. When our clients offer feedback, we listen. And we regularly survey our clients in an effort to deepen our understanding of their changing needs.
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Why do we do what we do?
What is an appraisal management company?
In short, we help lenders order and review appraisals. But that’s not all…
We pride ourselves on being different than many of the appraisal management companies out there, but there are some basic fundamentals that define our the appraisal management industry. At its core, an appraisal management company serves as an intermediary between a financial institution and appraisers.
Financial institutions order appraisals in connection with making a mortgage loan – a loan secured by real property -- or when they are forced to take ownership of a piece of property through foreclosure or some other means, or even just for the sake of monitoring the risk in the portfolio of loans they've already made.
Over time, appraisal and valuation related regulation and requirements have made their way into a number of consumer-protection and safety-and-soundness regimes. The largest players that invest in or insure residential mortgage loans, like Fannie, Freddie and the FHA, each have their own set of requirements.
Much of the newer legislation is focused on so-called “appraisal independence” – rules and procedures designed to prevent lenders from coercing appraisers into returning inflated values. As a result, appraisal management companies or AMCs have exploded onto the scene as bankers and lenders look for reliable, systematic methods of promoting independence in the appraisal process.
MountainSeed Appraisal Management, LLC is the result of a long-time business partnership between David Green and Carl Streck. David and Carl have owned, developed and managed real estate, and run a successful bank-advisory business. Several years ago, a community-bank advisory client asked for help with their appraisal process. David and Carl took on the challenge. From that single assignment, MountainSeed Appraisal Management, LLC has emerged as a distinct, thriving company within the MountainSeed family.
Today Carl and David are grateful to have a place that is widely seen as the best appraisal management company to work for and one of the best appraisal management companies overall.
Carl Streck is a Co-Founder of MountainSeed Appraisal Management, LLC and MountainSeed Advisors, LLC. He co-founded MountainSeed with David Green. Carl manages new and existing client relationships while directing the strategy and new ideas. Carl has been the catalyst for MountainSeed’s alliances with some of the world’s leading institutional investment management firms, leading money center banks, and top 10 hedge funds. The firm’s many ongoing relationships are testimony to his commitment to client success.
Additionally, Carl is fanatic about fostering great relationships with team members, clients, and vendors. Carl's belief that relationships are the reason we wake up in the morning drives his desire to make MountainSeed a great place to work and a great place to be a client.
In his free time Carl is passionate about adoption and foster care, and spends time helping children find "forever families"
Carl lives in Atlanta with his best friend and wife, Anna, their four children and curly, the dog.
David Green is a Co-founder of MountainSeed Advisors, LLC and MountainSeed Appraisal Management, LLC. He directs the research and advisory activities of the firm. He co-founded MountainSeed with Carl Streck. David’s primary responsibilities include developing the firm’s financial models and creating the methodologies to analyze CRE loans, RMBS, CMBS, structured finance products. Additionally, David advises on risk management, and oversees all portfolio reviews. David directs MountainSeed Advisors daily operations and manages the firm’s analysts on all projects. Throughout the entire MountainSeed Advisors project schedule David is hands on with the client to understand their unique needs, and provide the highest possible level of service.
Prior to founding MountainSeed Advisors, David was a co-founder of Trinity Development Group, a real estate investment firm based in Tampa, and Atlanta. David has managed over $200 million of Trinity’s principal’s investments, and handled all aspects of the project level financials that has made Trinity Development a successful, and well respected owner/operator of Real assets throughout the Southeast.
Nathan Brown is the Chief Operating Officer of MountainSeed Advisors, LLC and MountainSeed Appraisal Management, LLC. In that role, he collaborates with MountainSeed’s co-founders, David Green and Carl Streck, in developing and executing the vision and goals of the organization. Nathan leads MountainSeed’s core teams, including the sales, operations, technology, government-relations and compliance functions, and often assumes key roles in the development and implementation of new products and services. Previously, Nathan served as MountainSeed’s Chief Legal Officer. Prior to joining MountainSeed, Nathan practiced law at Seyfarth Shaw LLP, a large national law firm. There, he served as MountainSeed’s first outside counsel and worked with David and Carl to organize the companies and structure the initial round of financing.
Nathan frequently writes and speaks on regulatory and real-estate valuation issues. He has recently published several articles in national publications, including American Banker. And he is often published in state bankers association publications. He has been invited to speak at numerous webinars and conferences. Nathan presented on appraisal regulations at the American Banker’s Regulatory Symposium in Washington, D.C. and at the American Bankers Association’s national convention in San Antonio, Texas. He has been quoted in articles related to the valuation industry in national publications, including Mortgage Daily and National Mortgage News.
Our Appraisal Coordinators don’t just push paper. All of our Appraisal Coordinators undergo USPAP training and put that knowledge to work for our clients.
Our team of appraisal reviewers is comprised of licensed and certified appraisers across the country. Unlike many appraisal management companies nearly 30% of our appraisal review staff holds the prestigious Appraisal Institute designation of MAI.
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We’re privileged to work with great clients. Just a sample appear below.
MountainSeed is endorsed by these state banking associations as the exclusive preferred provider of appraisal management services to their members:
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