As the housing industry continues to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the most noticeable changes has been the increased use of desktop appraisals. This shift has been driven by both the need for social distancing and the fact that many appraisers are not comfortable entering homes right now.
For private mortgage loan servicing companies, the move to desktop appraisals has been a bit of a mixed bag. On the one hand, it has made it easier to get appraisals completed in a timely manner. On the other hand, it has created some new challenges, such as ensuring that appraisers have the necessary data to complete a thorough analysis.
Overall, the industry is adapting well to the new normal of desktop appraisals. While there are still some kinks to be ironed out, the move has been generally positive and has helped to keep the housing market moving during these difficult times.