Category: Federal Housing Administration

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FHA Borrowers to Refinance with No Appraisals

More FHA Borrowers to Refinance without Appraisals The Obama administration announced March 6 that the Federal Housing Administration would reduce fees that have prevented some FHA borrowers from refinancing at ultra low rates over the past year, The Wall Street Journal reported. The change will reduce fees through what’s known as a “streamline” refinance, which is reserved for FHA borrowers who refinance into another FHA-backed mortgage. The process does not require borrowers to verify income, employment or credit — and it does not require a new appraisal, which means that underwater borrowers can refinance, the Journal reported. Many borrowers who...

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FHA Updated Valuation Protocol FAQs Revised 02/28/12

FHA has updated the Valuation Protocol FAQs posted on the FHA Appraiser Roster web page.  The most recent FAQ can be found on page 27 of the document and provides clarification for what constitutes an acceptable conventional heating system. You can periodically review the FHA Appraiser Roster web page for alerts on recently published Mortgagee Letters of interest and other pertinent announcements. The publication contains the following topics: New Construction Wood Destroying Insects/Termites Utilities – Well and Septic Inspections & Certifications

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Free FHA Webinar for Appraisers on Preventing Mortgage Fraud and Foreclosure Scams

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) is offering a webinar on February 28, 2012 on Preventing Mortgage Fraud and Foreclosure Scams: February 28, 2012 – Preventing Mortgage Fraud and Foreclosure Scams Webinar. The webinar will provide information on the detection and prevention of Mortgage Fraud and Foreclosure Scams and is presented by the Department of HUD, Federal Reserve Bank, Federal Trade Commission, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. The intended audience includes Mortgage Industry (lenders, housing counselors, real estate agents, appraisers);

No Appraisal Required on Obama Administration Plan 1

No Appraisal Required on Obama Administration Plan

Last week the Obama Administration unveiled its plan to help homeowners refinance to take advantage of historically-low interest rates. We are going to focus on the valuation side of the plan. If you want the rest of the details you can go here. The program includes refinance options for GSE (government sponsored enterprises, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) and Federal Housing Administration (FHA) borrowers. Both programs forgo the appraisal requirements in the refinance process. According to the White House Fact Sheet, “the GSEs would be directed to use mark-to-market accounting or other alternatives to manual appraisals for any loans for which...

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GAO Report on ASC Hits the Street

On January 18, 2012, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) released their report on real estate appraisals “Appraisal Subcommittee Needs to Improve Monitoring Procedures” as required per Dodd-Frank. GAO was tasked with 1) determining how the Appraisal Subcommittee (ASC) is carrying out its Title XI responsibilities, 2) ASC’s plans to implement Dodd-Frank provisions, and 3) regulatory dollar thresholds for determining when an appraisal is required. GAO reports that one of the challenges faced by ASC is in the area of resources and planning.

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2012 FHA Webinar and Seminar Training for Appraisers

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) is offering appraisal webinar and seminar training in January and February 2012 for seasoned and new real estate appraisers: January 17, 2012 – Property Inspection Requirements for FHA Appraisers: Have you ever thought, “Am I in compliance with HUD requirements if I do not inspect the subject’s attic?” This FREE webinar training is geared towards the FHA Single Family Roster Appraiser and will cover property inspection requirements to include neighborhood influences, site analysis, and improvements. Appraisers new to the FHA Roster, as well as seasoned professionals wishing to refresh their knowledge, will

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Caving in to CAIVRS…

As if the economy isn’t difficult enough, now appraisers are facing financial ruin through CAIVRS. CAIVRS is a Federal government database of delinquent Federal debtors that allows federal agencies to reduce the risk to federal loan and loan guarantee programs. CAIVRS alerts participating Federal lending agencies when an applicant for credit benefits, or for a position of trust in support of the administration of a Federal credit program, has a Federal lien, judgment or a Federal loan that is currently in default or foreclosure, or has had a claim paid by a reporting agency. In short, this is a database...

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Appraisal Institute New Residential Green and Energy Efficient Addendum

On September 29th, the Appraisal Institute released a form intended to help analyze values of energy-efficient home features. It is the first of its kind intended for appraisers’ use. The industry leader in green valuation, the Appraisal Institute issued the form as an optional addendum to Fannie Mae Form 1004, the appraisal industry’s most widely used form for mortgage lending purposes. Used by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Housing Administration, Form 1004 is completed by appraisers to uphold safe and sound lending. Currently, the contributory value of a home’s green features is rarely part of the equation. “This...

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UAD Reader to Manage XML Appraisal Files

Free UAD Reader to Manage XML Appraisal Files UAD (Uniform Appraisal Dataset) is the appraisal format designed and required by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and adopted by FHA and VA. All GSE-destined appraisals as of September 1st, 2011 must be in strict UAD format. FHA and VA have announced they will both require UAD after January 1st, 2012. How do you open and read an appraisal file in the newly required “UAD” MISMO 2.6 XML format? a la mode UAD Reader is a free tool that lets anyone work with any appraisal in the new UAD MISMO 2.6 XML...

HUD/FHA UAD Implementation Pushed Back to January 1 1

HUD FHA UAD Implementation Pushed Back to January 1

HUD Mortgagee Letter 2011-30 delays HUD FHA’s requirement for implementing the Uniform Appraisal Dataset (UAD) until January 1, 2012. ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR HOUSING- FEDERAL HOUSING COMMISSIONER AUGUST 22, 2011 MORTGAGEE LETTER 2011-30 To  ALL APPROVED MORTGAGEES ALL FHA ROSTER APPRAISERS Subject: The Uniform Appraisal Dataset (UAD) and appraisal reporting forms Purpose of this Mortgagee Letter: The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) will adopt the Uniform Appraisal Dataset (UAD) and two of the UAD compliant appraisal reporting forms, which further define specific data fields in these industry standard appraisal reporting forms. Effective Date: To allow Mortgagees sufficient time to make any necessary data...

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