Evaluation Solutions and ES Appraisal, the State of Washington recently enacted a new law raising the state's AMC bond requirement from $25,000 to $100,000. As of July 28, 2013, all AMCs registered in Washington will be required to carry a bond in the new amount.
One of the purposes of the bond is to provide security for payments owed to appraisers by AMCs. If an AMC fails to pay an appraiser in accordance with Washington's requirements, the appraiser then may have a claim against the AMC's bond. The bonds also secure payment of fines and penalties that may be ordered by the state against an AMC. This bill resulted from efforts of the Appraisers' Coalition of Washington.
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Because some AMCs still wrongheadedly insist that appraisers do it, we are asked this question a lot: "should I attach my E&O declarations page to my appraisal report?" The answer is always the same: it's a bad idea. It's bad for both the appraiser and the client/AMC. It is perfectly reasonable for a client or an AMC to ask for proof of E&O insurance and ask to receive updated insurance information each year. That's common to many professions, but there is no good reason to require that the information be included within or attached to appraisal reports. (Lawyers like myself certainly don't attach proof of insurance to our opinion letters or legal briefs.)
Why is it a wrongheaded practice?