“However now the lenders says that because the property was vacant when the appraisal was done it appears that no one lives there and therefore they are not allowed to do a re-fi for this property and to compound the problem I have been told that every lender subsequent to this lender will say the same thing. Is this true?”
It’s impossible to speak for all lenders–policies may vary from one financial institution to another. However, one thing to keep in mind is that FHA appraisals do have an expiration date and once that expiration date has passed, a new appraisal would be required for the property when it’s time to do an appraisal-required FHA refinance loan.
This reader should check with other lenders to see if a refinance loan is possible. Could proof of occupancy be enough to satisfy a different lender? It’s tough to say what might apply as there are details likely not mentioned in the reader question that could have an effect on the transaction. Shopping around for a lender is never a bad thing whether you’re applying for a new purchase home loan or a refinance loan.
FHA appraisals generally expire in six months, so in the event this reader cannot locate a lender willing to do a refinance loan in his or her circumstances, waiting out the expiration date of the current appraisal is always an option.
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