Are Broker Price Opinions (BPO) Easy to Influence in a Short Sale?

A storm is brewing between appraisers and broker price opinion (BPO) professionals vying for valuation work for short sales conducted through the Making Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives (HAFA) program.

The US Treasury Department is taking the necessary steps to prevent short sale fraud under the Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives (HAFA) program, officials told HousingWire in an article they broke today.

The Appraisal Institute recently announced that appraisals are the only acceptable model for short sales, but the Real Estate Valuation Advocacy Association (REVAA) recently made an argument for broker-priced opinions (BPOs) and automated valuation models (AVMs).

In addition to outlining standards for valuation, the Treasury also requires the property to listed with a licensed real estate broker who signs the SSA agreement and can be held accountable if he or she is involved in fraud, Maggiano said. “The servicer may also terminate the SSA at any time if there is evidence of fraud or misrepresentation,” Maggiano said. “This could also be considered a knowing violation of federal law.”

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13 thoughts on “Are Broker Price Opinions (BPO) Easy to Influence in a Short Sale?

  1. Both sides of the debate have good points, but bear in mind that the recent Appraisal code of conduct was put in place because of corruption by appraisers, not real-estate brokers.

    Many Asset Management Companies propose their own services as a neutral middleman to eliminate a direct link (and thus undue influence) between the bank and the broker or appraiser. They take a big cut, but the result is presumably a more “fair” valuation…

  2. No I think they are very difficult to influence. I do several a day and most agents do not understand value. I got started by getting a list of BPO providers from and started receiving orders in 3 weeks after approval.

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