• MPF Xtra
  • January 15, 2021

MPF Announcement 2021-03

MPF Xtra Appraisal Risk Management Policy Reminders and Resources

Effective Date: Immediately (Unless otherwise noted)

On January 6, 2021, Fannie Mae issued Lender Letter LL-2021-01, reminding PFIs of their responsibilities when reviewing appraisals to manage appraisal risk and the available resources.

The Lender Letter covers the following information:

  • Originators responsibilities for appraisal reviews.
  • Top appraisal findings and defects.
  • Originator responsibilities for compliance with Appraiser Independence Requirements.
  • Best practices for Originators during the appraisal underwriting processes.
  • Suggests best practices for QC processes related to appraisals.
  • Highlighting resources to help Originators manage appraisal risk efficiently and effectively.

As a reminder, Originators experiencing difficulties obtaining appraisals due to COVID-19 are required to follow the temporary flexibilities to appraisal requirements published in Fannie Mae LL-2020-04.

To gain a full understanding of these topics, PFIs should review the entire Fannie Mae Announcement and any applicable Fannie Mae Selling Guide chapters, forms, or exhibits noted in the announcements.

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