Summary of the Committee Version of the Bill


HCS HB 1988 -- REAL ESTATE APPRAISERS AND APPRAISAL MANAGEMENT

COMPANIES


SPONSOR: Brandom


COMMITTEE ACTION: Voted "do pass - federal mandate" by the

Committee on Professional Registration and Licensure by a vote of

19 to 0.

  

This substitute changes the laws regarding real estate appraisers

and appraisal management companies. In its main provisions, the substitute:


(1) Renames the Missouri Certified and Licensed Real Estate

Appraisers Act the Missouri Certified and Licensed Real Estate

Appraisers and Appraisal Management Company Regulation Act;


(2) Prohibits a person from engaging in the business as an

appraisal management company, engaging to perform appraisal

management services, or holding themselves out as being an

appraisal management company without first obtaining a

registration issued by the Missouri Real Estate Appraisers

Commission within the Department of Insurance, Financial

Institutions and Professional Registration;


(3) Creates the classifications of licensure for appraiser

trainees of state-certified general appraiser trainee, state-certified residential appraiser trainee, and state-licensed

appraiser trainee. The commission is required to adopt rules and

procedures for the issuing and regulating appraiser trainee

licenses;


(4) Requires state-certified and state-licensed trainees to

comply with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal

Practice established by the Appraisal Standards Board of the

Appraisal Foundation;


(5) Requires the commission to maintain a registry of the names

and addresses of appraisal management companies and to establish

by rule the requirements for obtaining a license as an appraisal

management company;


(6) Renames the Missouri Real Estate Appraisers Fund to the

Missouri Real Estate Appraisers and Appraisal Management Company

Fund;


(7) Exempts an appraisal management company from specified

licensing and examination requirements;


(8) Removes the provision requiring the signature of the chairman of the commission and a certificate or assigned license

number to be on each certificate or license;


(9) Requires each appraisal management company to disclose its

license number on every engagement letter utilized in assigning

an appraisal request for assignments within the state;


(10) Exempts an appraisal management company from the

requirement that a certificate or license can only be issued to a

natural person;


(11) Requires an appraisal management company to notify the

commission within 30 days of any change in its controlling

person, agent of record, ownership composition, or address;


(12) Authorizes the commission to cause complaints to be filed

with the Administrative Hearing Commission against a state-licensed appraisal management company that is a legal entity

other than a natural person;


(13) Requires all appraisal management company records to be

retained for five years and made promptly available to the

commission for inspection and copying;


(14) Specifies that it will be a class B misdemeanor for any

company or controlling person to practice any deception or fraud

in its identity in connection with an application or holding out

to the public or representation as a licensed appraisal

management company when it is not;


(15) Requires the commission to take all action necessary to be

able to issue licenses to qualified applicants seeking a license

as an appraisal management company; and


(16) Repeals Sections 339.1100 to 339.1240, RSMo, regarding the

Missouri Appraisal Management Company Registration and Regulation

Act.


FISCAL NOTE: No impact on state funds in FY 2013, FY 2014, and

FY 2015.


PROPONENTS: Supporters say that the bill is needed to bring real

estate appraisers and appraisal management companies into

compliance with the federal Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and

Consumer Protection Act.


Testifying for the bill were Representative Brandom; Missouri

Appraiser Advisory Counsel; and Missouri Association of Realtors.


OPPONENTS: There was no opposition voiced to the committee.


OTHERS: Others testifying on the bill were there to answer any

questions.


Testifying on the bill was Missouri Real Estate Appraisers Commission, Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and

Professional Registration.


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