FHA Archive

FHA Enhances Credit Policies, Includes Appraisal Enhancements

Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Commissioner David H. Stevens announced plans to implement credit policy changes that will enhance the agency’s risk management functions. FHA will hire a Chief Risk Officer for the first time in the FHA’s history. Commissioner...
September 18, 2009

Latest on the Suspension of Taylor, Bean & Whitaker

Last week the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) suspended Taylor, Bean & Whitaker preventing the company from originating and underwriting FHA-insured mortgages. Additionally, Ginnie Mae defaulted and took over TBW’s mortgage backed securities program. Finally, TBW’s...
August 13, 2009

FHA Adopts Fannie Mae 1004MC Market Conditions Addendum

Effective April 1, 2009, the Federal Housing Administration will require appraisers to use the Market Conditions Addendum (Fannie Mae 1004MC, Freddie Mac Form 71). According to Mortgagee Letter 2009-09 released on March 23, 2009, this will ensure greater transparency...

HUD Addressing Appraisal Shortage Soon

HUD is preparing to address the appraiser shortage problem for areas with fewer state-certified appraisers. FHA programs now require state-certified appraisers, including the Hope for Homeowners Program (H4H). As we mentioned previously, FHA business is dramatically increasing and should...
October 20, 2008

Shot Through the Heart

A snapshot of what we learned while attending the 2008 Fall Conference of the Association of Appraiser Regulatory Officials (AARO) here in Washington, DC Pressure on Appraisers: Appraisers will be happy to know that generally lenders have greatly reduced...
October 6, 2008

Do Downpayment Assistance Programs Impact Appraisals?

Everybody is talking, rightfully so, about the big bailout agreement. It’s Main Street vs. Wall Street as some have stated polls showing 80 percent of the public is not in favor of the bailout. If you’re looking for a...
September 28, 2008

Increase Your Business by Doing Appraisals for FHA

The credit crisis is hurting all aspects of the real estate industry – including appraisers. Conventional mortgages are requiring bigger down payments again and subprime mortgage products are nearly impossible to find. One way for appraisers to expand their...
August 20, 2008