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HUD Extends Modified Exterior-Only Appraisals During COVID-19

HUD Extends Modified Exterior-Only Appraisals During COVID-19

The World Heath Organization says “the worst is yet to come” with regard to the global coronavirus pandemic; the Department of Housing And Urban Development responded to COVID-19 quarantine measures in March 2020, eliminating a requirement temporarily to suspend in-person or indoor appraisal activity. Those changes temporarily meant FHA appraisals would not be subject to a requirement for in-person appraisals that might run in violation of community social distancing policies. The appraisal policy (as well as modified employment verification requiremets for certain loans). But that was all set to expire (more than once, as we’ll read below) until HUD acted to extend these measures anew. Now, with COVID-19 hot spots in the forefront of American news headlines, HUD has extended the modified appraisal guidelines (as well as employment verification rules)–they | more...

 
Coronavirus And Home Loan Appraisals: What You Need To Know Now

Coronavirus And Home Loan Appraisals: What You Need To Know Now

In the age of social distancing, getting a home loan might seem challenging, but the industry has tried to change with the times and there are contact-free closing procedures, online document submission, and alternative appraisal methods in effect. Some of these measures serve as a reminder that a borrower should always pay for the optional home inspection and never rely on any other viewing of the home including the appraisal for that information. Relaxed Appraisals Why? Due to the relaxed requirements for appraisals during COVID-19. FHA appraisers can do some appraisal work as “drive-bys” where the appraiser never steps in the home; some work is accomplished video tours or walkthroughs. The appraiser may never enter the home personally depending on the housing market, local social distancing procedures, the severity of | more...

 
FHA Appraisal Rules You Should Know Today

FHA Appraisal Rules You Should Know Today

The FHA appraisal is a requirement of the home loan process; it is designed to help establish current market value of a property based on the latest property values, the overall condition of the home and property, etc. An appraisal is NOT the same as the separate, borrower-funded home inspection. Appraisals are nowhere near as in-depth as inspections and the results of the appraisal should not be mistaken for a home inspection. Appraisals are required for all forward mortgages. Recent changes to appraisal rules in 2020 in response to social distancing required by the COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic make the process operate differently than before temporarily. In March of 2020, the FHA and HUD issued a Mortgagee Letter announcing situational changes to the appraisal requirements that included the ability to | more...

 
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FHA Announces Modified Appraisal Rules During Coronavirus Outbreak

The FHA and HUD have modified certain FHA appraisal requirements in response to the coronavirus outbreak and the need for social distancing. Since the outbreak of coronavirus and the worldwide pandemic that followed, government agencies began issuing policies to accommodate the need to prevent gatherings of people which potentially spreads the virus farther and wider. In the home loan industry, many are at risk including appraisers who must (under normal conditions) enter the homes of strangers and potentially expose themselves to infection. At the end of March, the FHA and HUD issued a press release announcing changes in FHA appraisal policy to address the needs to get appraisals done without exposing people to additional risks. That announcement including a set of temporary modifications to FHA appraisal requirements for single-family home | more...

 
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FHA Loan Rules For Appraisals: Appliances, Mechanical Systems In The Home

HUD 4000.1, the FHA Single-Family Loan Handbook, has a detailed section about FHA loan appraisal requirements. First-time home buyers may not realize that certain details of the home must meet FHA requirements such as the condition of appliances and the efficiency of the mechanical systems in the home such as central air conditioning or hot water heaters. HUD 4000.1 lists FHA requirements for appliances in the appraisal, stating that the FHA appraiser is required to review the home’s stove, fridge, washing machine, etc. if those appliances are being left in the home for the new owner. “Appliances that are to remain and that contribute to the market value opinion must be operational. ” This section is discussing appraisals for existing construction homes, but the intent is clear; the condition of | more...

 
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New Housing Appraisal Rules? Not So Fast, FHA Loans

If you haven’t paid attention to recent headlines in the mortgage finance sector, you may not be aware that starting October 9, 2019, some house sales priced at or below $400,000 no longer require an appraisal. That news has some house hunters and home sellers jumping for joy. At least at first. Since the mid 1990s, appraisals have not been required for each and every home sale. Homes priced at or below $250 thousand may or may not have required an appraisal (more on that below), but over time, the numbers have shown that home prices have gone up significantly since then. Hence the move to change the appraisal threshold. The FDIC, in partnership with two other government agencies issued the proposal to increase the appraisal limit, the rule was | more...

 
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FHA Loan Appraisals: Different Rules For Different Homes

FHA loan appraisals have different standards depending on the type of property you wish to buy. That doesn’t mean that some homes get favorable treatment in the appraisal process than others. What it does mean is that some properties have unique issues. For example, an appraisal for an FHA condo won’t be the same as for a manufactured home. One reason? Manufactured homes do not start off with permanent foundations, and having one is a requirement. A condo unit does not face such problems, so there is a specific appraisal requirement for manufactured housing that such homes be affixed to a permanent foundation that meets FHA and federal standards. A condo unit is already on a foundation, so the requirements there have more to do with the state of the | more...

 
Mortgage Loan Approval During Coronavirus

FHA Home Loan Questions: Appraisals

Do you have questions about the FHA appraisal process? Many do and it’s no surprise why-the appraisal is the process that determines whether the home you want to buy meets minimum FHA standards or not. Here are some common appraisal questions and answers you should know before you get to that part of the home loan process. Whether you are a first-time home buyer applying for your first FHA mortgage or an experienced house hunter returning to the FHA loan program to buy a new primary residence, these questions are important. Who Is Responsible For Ordering The FHA Appraisal? The lender. The borrower does not initiate the appraisal process or select the appraiser. Who Pays For The Appraisal? The borrower is responsible for paying the cost of the FHA appraisal | more...

 
Will FHA Mortgage Loan Interest Rates Drop Even More?

FHA Appraisal Standards: What You Need To Know

A recent press release by HUD applauds new lead paint hazard requirements issued by the Environmental Protection Agency. Those standards include a more strict requirement for lead levels in certain homes and “child-occupied facilities”. According to a press release on the HUD official site, “Since the 1970s, the United States has made tremendous progress in lowering children’s blood lead levels. In 2001, EPA set standards for lead in dust for floors and windowsills in housing, however since that time, the best available science has evolved to indicate human health effects at lower blood lead levels than previously analyzed.” The new rules don’t necessarily affect FHA appraisal guidelines with specific changes-FHA loan rules address lead paint issues, generally requiring abatement of lead-based paint in homes older than 1978 where there is | more...

 
Buying A Fixer-Upper With An FHA 203(k) Rehab Loan

Buying A Fixer-Upper With An FHA 203(k) Rehab Loan

FHA 203(k) mortgages are different than a typical home loan for a new or existing construction home. These loans allow you to buy and renovate a property that would not necessarily meet FHA loan standards as-is. These loans are often called fixer-upper loans, rehab loans, etc. FHA rehab loans are available as both new purchase loans and refinance loans, you can use the loan for a property you already own or to buy a fixer-upper to begin working on. Rehab loans should not be confused with FHA Construction loans, construction-to-permanent mortgages sometimes referred to as FHA One-Time Close mortgages. The two types of loans can be similar in some respects, including the FHA minimum standards and construction requirements where the approved renovation work is concerned. And yes, the work you | more...