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FHA revises appraisal validity period

Agency Rule-Making & Guidance FHA Mortgages HECM Consumer Finance HUD

Agency Rule-Making & Guidance

On July 12, FHA released FHA INFO 2022-71, announcing the publication of Mortgagee Letter (ML) 2022-11, Revised Appraisal Validity Periods, which applies to Single Family Title II Forward and HECM programs. The ML increases the FHA initial appraisal validity period from 120 days to 180 days and extends the appraisal update validity period to one year. As a result of the ML, FHA will implement modifications to the appraisal-related functionality in FHA Connection (FHAC). For all case numbers assigned on or after September 6, the Appraisal Effective Date field on the FHAC Appraisal Logging screen will no longer be editable. Appraisal Logging for this field is automatically pre-filled with the information submitted from the electronic appraisal report. The updates outlined in ML 2022- 11 will be incorporated under the Single-Family Housing Policy Handbook 4000.1.