higher-priced mortgage loans

Agencies Announce Threshold for Smaller Loan Exemption from Appraisal Requirements for Higher-Priced Mortgage Loans

 

On November 18, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the Federal Reserve Board (FRB), and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) (collectively, the “Agencies”) announced that the threshold for exempting loans from special appraisal requirements for higher-priced mortgage loans during 2021 will remain at $27,200, as it was in 2020. Release.

Final Rules on Appraisal Exemptions for Higher-Priced Mortgages

On December 12, the Fed, FDIC, CFPB, FHFA, NCUA and OCC issued a final rule that creates exemptions from certain appraisal requirements for certain higher-priced mortgage loans.  The final rule provides that loans of $25,000 or less and certain “streamlined” refinancings are exempt from the Dodd-Frank Act appraisal requirements, which go into effect on January 18, 2014.  Joint ReleaseJoint Final Rule.

Appraisal Exemption for Higher-Priced Mortgages

On July 10, the Fed, the CFPB, the FDIC, the FHFA and the OCC issued a joint proposed rule which would create exemptions from certain appraisal requirements for a subset of higher-priced mortgage loans.  The proposed rule would provide exemptions for:  (i) transactions secured by existing manufactured homes and not land; (ii) certain “streamlined” refinancings; and (iii) transactions of $25,000 or less.  Comments must be received on or before September 9.  Joint ReleaseProposed Rule.

Joint Rule on Appraisals for Higher-Priced Mortgage Loans

On January 18, the Fed, CFPB, FDIC, FHFA, NCUA and OCC issued a joint final rule, effective January 18, 2014, which establishes new appraisal requirements for “higher-priced mortgage loans”.  For these loans, the rule requires creditors to: (i) use a licensed or certified appraiser who prepares a written appraisal report based on a physical visit of the interior of the property and (ii) disclose to applicants information about the purpose of the appraisal and provide consumers with a free copy of any appraisal report.  Joint Release.  Final Rule.