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FHA seeks feedback on changing reconsideration of valuation requests

Federal Issues Agency Rule-Making & Guidance FHA Mortgages HECM Appraisal

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Recently, FHA published a draft mortgagee letter (ML) proposing policy changes to its requirements for processing and documenting reconsideration of valuation (ROV) requests, specifically when requests are initiated by a borrower for the review of appraisal results. According to the ML, FHA provided proposed guidance to improve the process when prospective borrowers applying for FHA-insured Title II forward or Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECM) request an ROV on a property if the initial valuation is lower than expected, or that there is indication of illegal bias, that Fair Housing regulations have been violated, or that there may be unlawful discrimination. The draft also proposed updated appraisal review standards, which are intended to provide mortgagees and appraisers with clarifying guidance on the quality of an appraisal report and the ROV process and responsibilities. Public comments are due by February 2.