2019 Mississippi Code
Title 73 - Professions and Vocations
Chapter 34 - Real Estate Appraisers
Mississippi Appraisal Management Company Registration Act
§ 73-34-103. Registration required; application

Universal Citation: MS Code § 73-34-103 (2019)
  • (1) It is unlawful for a person to directly or indirectly engage or attempt to engage in business as an appraisal management company in this state or to advertise or hold itself out as engaging in or conducting business as an appraisal management company in this state without first obtaining a registration issued by the Mississippi Real Estate Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board under the provisions of this chapter.

    • (a) An applicant for registration as an appraisal management company in this state shall submit to the Mississippi Real Estate Commission an application on a form or forms prescribed by the board accompanied by an original or certified copy of a surety bond payable to the State of Mississippi in the amount of Twenty Thousand Dollars ($20,000.00) for the use, benefit and indemnity of any person who suffers any damage or loss as a result of the appraisal management company’s breach of contract or of any obligation arising therefrom or any violation of law.

    • (b) In the event a registration process is unavailable on December 1, 2013, an appraisal management company already conducting business in this state may continue to conduct business in accordance with Sections 73-34-101 through 73-34-131 until one hundred twenty (120) days after a registration process becomes available.

  • (2) An application for the registration required by subsection (1) of this section shall, at a minimum, include:

    • (a) The name of the person seeking registration and the fictitious name or names under which he does business in any state;

    • (b) The business address of the entity seeking registration;

    • (c) The phone contact information of the entity seeking registration;

    • (d) If the person is not a corporation that is domiciled in this state, the name and contact information for the person’s agent for service of process in this state;

    • (e) The name, address, and contact information for any individual or any corporation, partnership, or other business entity that owns ten percent (10%) or more of the appraisal management company;

    • (f) The name, address, and contact information for one (1) controlling person designated as the main contact for all communication between the appraisal management company and the commission;

    • (g) A certification that the person has a system and process in place to verify that a person being added to the appraiser panel of the appraisal management company holds a license in good standing in this state under the Real Estate Appraiser Licensing and Certification Act if a license or certification is required to perform appraisals;

    • (h) A certification that the person requires appraisers completing appraisals at its request to comply with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), including the requirements for geographic and product competence;

    • (i) A certification that the person has a system in place to verify that only licensed or certified appraisers are used for federally related transactions;

    • (j) A certification that the person has a system in place to require that appraisals are 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, including the requirements for payment of a reasonable and customary fee to appraisers when the appraisal management company is providing services for a consumer credit transaction secured by the principal dwelling of a consumer;

    • (k) A certification that the person maintains a detailed record of each service request that it receives and the appraiser that performs the residential real estate appraisal services for the appraisal management company;

    • (l) An irrevocable Consent to Service of Process required under Section 73-34-107;

    • (m) Any other information required by the board which is reasonably necessary to implement Sections 73-34-101 through 73-34-131.

  • (3) An application for the renewal of a registration shall include substantially similar information required for the initial registration as noted in subsection (2), as determined by the board.

  • (4) A registration granted by the commission under the provisions of Sections 73-34-101 through 73-34-131 shall be valid for one (1) year from the date on which it is issued.

  • (5) The provisions of this section shall stand repealed on July 1, 2022.

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