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WVC 30 - 38 A- 7 §30-38A-7. Certification requirements.

     (a) The certification for registration shall be in writing, on a form prescribed by the board and signed by the applicant or controlling person. The certification shall include statements that the applicant:

     (1) Has a process in place to verify that any person used as an appraiser or added to the appraiser panel of the applicant is a licensed or certified appraiser in good standing in West Virginia;

     (2) Has set requirements to verify that appraisers are geographically competent and can perform the appraisals assigned;

     (3) Has set procedures for an appraiser, licensed or certified in this state or in any state with a minimum of the same certification level for the property type as the appraiser who performed the appraisal, to review the work of the appraisers performing appraisals for the applicant to verify that the appraisals are being conducted in accordance with the minimum USPAP standards;

     (4) Will require appraisals to be conducted independently and free from inappropriate influence and coercion as required by the appraisal independence standards established under Section 129E of the Truth in Lending Act and the rules and regulations issued pursuant to the Act, including the requirement that appraisers be compensated at a customary and reasonable rate when the appraisal management company is providing services for a consumer credit transaction secured by the principal dwelling of a consumer;

     (5) Maintains a detailed record of each request for appraisal it receives from a client and the appraiser that performs the appraisal; and

     (6) Has submitted any other information required by the board.

     (b) The applicant, each owner who is an employee of or consultant for the applicant and any controlling person shall submit a written verification, on a form prescribed by the board, that includes statements that:

     (1) The written application and verification for registration contain no false or misleading statements;

     (2) The applicant has complied with the requirements of this article;

     (3) The applicant, each owner who is an employee of or consultant for the applicant, and the controlling person of the firm seeking registration has not pleaded guilty or nolo contendere to or been convicted of a felony;

     (4) Within the past ten years, the applicant, each owner who is an employee of or consultant for the applicant, and the controlling person of the firm seeking registration has not pleaded guilty or nolo contendere to or been convicted of:

     (A) A misdemeanor involving mortgage lending or real estate appraisals; or

     (B) An offense involving breach of trust or fraudulent or dishonest dealing;

     (5) The applicant, each owner who is an employee of or consultant for the applicant, and the controlling person of the firm seeking registration are of good character and reputation and that none of them has had a license or certificate to act as an appraiser refused, denied, canceled, revoked or surrendered in this state or any other jurisdiction, and the license or certification was not subsequently granted or reinstated;

     (6) The applicant, each owner who is an employee of or consultant for the applicant, and the controlling person of the firm seeking registration are not permanently or temporarily enjoined by a court of competent jurisdiction from engaging in or continuing any conduct or practice involving appraisals, appraisal management services or operating an appraisal management company;

     (7) The applicant, each owner who is an employee of or consultant for the applicant, and the controlling person of the firm seeking registration are not the subject of an order of the board or any other jurisdiction's agency that regulates appraisal management companies that denied, suspended or revoked the applicant's or firm's privilege to operate as an appraisal management company;

     (8) The applicant, each owner who is an employee of or consultant for the applicant, and the controlling person of the firm seeking registration have not acted as an appraisal management company while not being properly registered by the board; and

     (9) Set forth any other requirements of the board.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2014 1st Special Session
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