On December 23, 2009, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced the enactment of two appraisal Mortgagee Letters (ML) will be delayed until February 15, 2010. ML 2009-28, Appraiser Independence, prohibits mortgage brokers and commission-based lending staff from ordering the appraisal. In ML 2009-51, FHA announced it is adopting the Appraisal Update and/or Completion Report, Fannie Mae Form 1004D/Freddie Mac Form 442/March 2005.
ML 2009-28 and ML 2009-51 were initially to be implemented on January 1, 2010. According to FHA, the extension “will provide FHA and lenders additional time to adjust systems to accommodate the changes.”