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Central Pa. real estate appraisers feel effect of changing mortgage industry

As the mortgage landscape continues to change, area appraisers might be waiting in vain for their former fee rates to return.
Cleanup efforts after the housing meltdown included the Home Valuation Code of Conduct, intended to prevent inflated appraisals. The code stemmed from a 2009 settlement between then-New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.

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Smarter and greener

A home that responds to every tap, slide and touch on an iPad might sound too good to be true for Central Pennsylvania.
But with the explosive growth of hand-held technology, the future of a computer-linked home is here, said Don Farinelli, president of Cumberland County-based Farinelli Construction Inc., which is building such a home for the 2011 Home-A-Rama showcase.

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