Thursday, December 7, 2023 | The Latest Buzz for the Appraisal Industry

Join Incenter and Clearbox: Let’s Grow Together

Incenter Appraisal Management is growing rapidly and needs to expand their panel with the help of Clearbox, LLC. Join us for our upcoming free webinar on August 18th at 2 pm ET, “Join Incenter and Clearbox: Let’s Grow Together” and learn all about why Incenter selected Clearbox, LLC with our hosts Joan Trice, CEO of Clearbox, LLC, and Mark Walser, President of Incenter Appraisal Management.

Buzz: What is your background in the industry?
Mark: I have 13 years in the AMC industry working with mid-sized and large mortgage lenders performing operations, vendor management, and business development at the C-Level.
Joan: I am the founder and CEO of Allterra Group, LLC, publisher of Appraisal Buzz, and host of the annual Valuation Expo, the largest conference for the valuation community. I also host the Collateral Risk Network, LLC, a members-only group of dedicated chief appraisers, collateral risk managers, regulators, and valuation experts who are focused on resolving the many challenges facing our profession.

Buzz: What is Clearbox and what does it offer appraisers?
Mark: Clearbox is a background check system that allows appraisers to provide AMCs an instant criminal background check at an affordable price point that is validated in real-time and fulfills the background check requirements of larger lenders for their clients, including the ability to send that background check directly to the AMC when requested.

Buzz: What is Incenter and what does it offer appraisers?
Mark: Incenter is a national AMC that has focused heavily on creating a fair and safe environment for appraisers. For the past few years, we have demonstrated that with our industry-leading 24-hour appraiser pay model, paying appraisers for completed work the following business day, paying the appraiser’s desired customary & reasonable fee without any back-end technology fees, and assigning orders only to locally competent appraisers in a “no bid” model.

Further, Incenter is expanding its offerings to help appraisers in this challenging time with not only traditional volume, but also providing tax appeal and reverse mortgage opportunities through its sister companies to supplement the appraiser.

Finally, Incenter leads appraisers into a future where they can control the 1004 Desktop and other modernized appraisal initiatives with RemoteVal™, the industry’s first virtual inspection technology built for appraisers that not only allows appraisers to control the inspection remotely, but remotely capture accurate pictures and 3D scan the property live or with their trainee and generates the required measurements and floorplans to fulfill the new products without a 3rd party inspector. We put appraisers in control!

Buzz: How does the Incenter and Clearbox partnership benefit appraisers?
Mark: Incenter’s growth in the lending world includes some of the largest military-based and non-bank lenders in the country. These institutions require that appraisers be background checked before they can interact with their members and customers, whether in-person or virtually.

In a world where fraud, identity theft, and consumer safety are increasingly requiring that all vendors in a mortgage transaction pass such background checks, it’s important for appraisers to understand and participate in this process in the most frictionless way possible. While Incenter is not mandating the use of Clearbox to its appraisers, we do support their position as a leader in appraiser background checks and are interested in both appraiser feedback and usage to help make it as easy to do and affordable as possible for appraisers.

Buzz: Why should appraisers attend your webinar?
Mark: Appraisers can learn the “why” behind background check requirements and understand the sensitivities and some of the real-world concerns that undergird the increasing requests for them. Appraisers can also understand that the background check requirement is not going back to the beginning of time, and that most institutions are mainly concerned with the last 7 years of someone’s professional career. We will also discuss how the requirements “flow downhill” – as larger lenders adopt and require this, the mid-sized and smaller lenders will eventually follow suit.

Join us for our upcoming free webinar on August 18th at 2 pm ET, “Join Incenter and Clearbox: Let’s Grow Together

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