Calling all appraisers! We're sharing a reminder that the changes to the FHA appraisal guidelines from HUD are in place as of April 18, 2023. While we all try to keep up with news in our industry, it's worth taking a moment to review the changes, it may save you some time and reduce revision requests.
A quick recap: On January 18, 2023, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced revisions to Handbook 4000.1, which provides guidelines for FHA appraisals. These revisions aimed to enhance existing guidelines and make various technical edits. One significant change was the elimination of the requirement to include the 1004MC form as an attachment to the appraisal report. This change reflects a streamlined approach to appraisal reporting.
In addition to the removal of the 1004MC requirement, several other minor yet meaningful edits and clarifications were made to FHA appraisal requirements. These include clear statements to be included in the appraisal report when there are no deficiencies of Minimum Property Requirements (MPR) or Minimum Property Standards (MPS). Clarifications were also made regarding the measurement of gross living area and the inclusion of kitchen facilities in every living unit.
Revisions were made to the observation requirements for attics and crawl spaces, removing the language specifying minimum "head and shoulders" access. The appraiser's reporting requirements for properties serviced by dug wells, cisterns, or holding tanks used in conjunction with purchased water were also revised. Furthermore, changes were made to the appraiser's obligation to research and report market conditions, requiring an absorption rate analysis and specific comparable sales and listings.
These changes must be applied to FHA cases assigned on or after April 18, 2023. However, it's important to note that individual lenders may impose additional requirements, known as "overlay" requirements, which go beyond HUD/FHA guidelines. Appraisers should consult with the originating lender to determine if the 1004MC form is still required. The elimination of this form does not negate the appraiser's responsibility to analyze market conditions and factors influencing value.
Here's a bulleted summary of the points mentioned regarding changes and clarifications to the HUD 4000.1 Handbook for appraisals:
Crawl Space Accessibility:
Removal of 1004MC Requirement:
Minimum Requirements for a Living Unit:
Multiple Living Units - Single Ownership:
Rental Comparable Photos:
Appraisal Validity Period:
Special Airport Hazards:
Individual Water Supply System - Well:
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