(a) Real property acquired pursuant to a mortgage loan or contract for sale, in the absence of a recent appraisal deemed by the commissioner to be reliable, shall not be valued at an amount greater than the unpaid principal of the defaulted loan or contract at the date of such acquisition, together with any taxes and expenses paid or incurred in connection with such acquisition, and the cost of improvements thereafter made by the insurer and any amounts thereafter paid by the insurer on assessments levied for improvements in connection with the property.

Terms Used In Alabama Code 27-37-7

  • Appraisal: A determination of property value.
  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • Mortgage: The written agreement pledging property to a creditor as collateral for a loan.
  • property: includes both real and personal property. See Alabama Code 1-1-1
  • real property: includes lands, tenements and hereditaments. See Alabama Code 1-1-1
  • Real property: Land, and all immovable fixtures erected on, growing on, or affixed to the land.

(b) Other real property held by an insurer shall not be valued at an amount in excess of fair value as determined by recent appraisal. If valuation is based on an appraisal more than three years old, the commissioner may at his discretion call for and require a new appraisal in order to determine fair value.

(c) Personal property acquired pursuant to chattel mortgages shall not be valued at an amount greater than the unpaid balance of principal on the defaulted loan at the date of acquisition, together with taxes and expenses incurred in connection with such acquisition or the fair value of such property, whichever amount is the lesser.

(Acts 1971, No. 407, p. 707, §751.)