Code of Alabama - Title 34: Professions and Businesses - Section 34-27A-60 - Unlawful influencing of appraisal

Section 34-27A-60 - Unlawful influencing of appraisal.

(a) It is unlawful for any employee, director, officer, or agent of an appraisal management company to influence or attempt to influence the development, reporting, or review of an appraisal through coercion, extortion, collusion, compensation, instruction, inducement, intimidation, bribery, or in any other manner including, but not limited to, any of the following:

(1) Withholding or threatening to withhold timely payment for an appraisal, unless the appraisal is found to be of substandard quality or noncompliant with the scope of the assignment as defined in the engagement letter.

(2) Withholding or threatening to withhold payment for an appraisal if the loan transaction is not completed.

(3) Withholding or threatening to withhold future business of, or demoting or terminating the services of, or threatening to demote or terminate the services of an appraiser.

(4) Promising future business, promotions, or increased compensation to an appraiser.

(5) Conditioning the request for an appraisal, or the payment of an appraisal fee or salary or bonus, on the opinion, conclusion, or valuation to be reached by an appraiser, or on a preliminary estimate or opinion requested from an appraiser.

(6) Requesting that an appraiser provide an estimated, predetermined, or desired valuation in an appraisal report, or provide estimated values or comparable sales at any time prior to the completion of an appraisal.

(7) Providing to an appraiser an anticipated, estimated, encouraged, or desired value for a subject property, or a proposed or target amount to be loaned to the borrower, except that a copy of the sales contract for purchase transactions may be provided.

(8) Providing to an appraiser, or any entity or person related to the appraiser, stock or other financial or nonfinancial benefits.

(9) Any other act or practice that impairs or attempts to impair the independence, objectivity, or impartiality of an appraiser.

(b) Nothing in subsection (a) shall be construed as prohibiting an appraisal management company from requesting that an appraiser do any of the following:

(1) Provide additional information regarding the basis for a valuation.

(2) Correct objective factual errors in an appraisal report.

(3) Consider additional verifiable information not previously known or considered by the appraiser in completing an assignment.

(c) An appraisal management company may not alter, modify, or otherwise change an appraisal report submitted by an appraiser unless required by federal or state guidelines.

(d) Any registrant having a good faith belief that a real estate appraiser licensed in this state has violated applicable law or the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice, and the violation has had a material impact on the valuation, or has engaged in unethical conduct, shall file a complaint with the board.

(Act 2011-701, p. 2161, §3.)

Last modified: May 3, 2021