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Apr
15

Interim Final Rule With Request For Comments

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The interim final rule is effective [INSERT DATE OF PUBLICATION IN FEDERAL REGISTER] through December 31, 2020. Comments on the interim final rule must be received no later than [INSERT 45 DAYS AFTER DATE OF PUBLICATION IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER].

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Apr
14

INTERAGENCY STATEMENT ON APPRAISALS AND EVALUATIONS FOR REAL ESTATE RELATED FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS AFFECTED BY THE CORONAVIRUS

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (FRB), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), in consultation with the state financial regulators, are issuing this interagency statement to address challenges relating to appraisals and evaluations for real estate related financial transactions affected by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (referred to as COVID-19). Read the full interagency statement here

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Apr
14

Fannie Mae: Lender Letter LL-2020-04

Fannie Mae updated their Lender Letter (LL-2020-04) on April 14, 2020. Read the revised version here

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Apr
13

Department of Veterans Affairs Circular 26-20-14

New Appraisal Review Requirements and Instructions Regarding Department ofVeterans Affairs Appraisal Management Service for the Lender Appraisal Processing Program and the Servicer Appraisal Processing Program Staff Appraisal Reviewers. Read the full circular here

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Mar
31

ASC COVID-19 Outbreak - State Appraisal/AMC Program Guidance Revised 3-31-2020

The Appraisal Subcommittee released a corrected version of the COVID-19 Outbreak - State Appraisal/AMC Program Guidance. Click here to read the revised version. 

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Mar
26

ASC Memo to All States COVID-19

In their memo, the ASC reminds States that the 2020 Compliance Reviews have been postponed and that States have flexibility around deadlines when files are properly documented due to COVID-19 issues. 

The memo also reiterates the AQB's decision to allow classroom continuing education courses (NOT qualifying education courses) to be delivered synchronously if the following four items are all met: 
     1) The educational offering under consideration is currently approved for traditional classroom presentation;
     2) The platform utilized for distance education is live and interactive;
     3) The instructor verifies photo identification of the students; and 
    4) The instructor maintains an attendance roster, which includes verifying 100% classroom attendance by, for example, taking attendance at various established times during the course. 





 

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Mar
24

Letter to Congresswoman Waters and Senator Brown

Peter Fontana and Jonathan Miller sent a letter to Congresswoman Maxine Waters and Senator Sherrod Brown on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 urging appraisers and their work to be classified as an essential business. 

You can read the full letter here

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Mar
24

Frequently Asked Questions for Financial Institutions affected by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Referred to as COVID-19)

From The Appraisal Foundation: FDIC has compiled a list of FAQs, which answers questions about inspections (Answer # 12) and Appraisals (Answer # 13).
You can access the FAQs here

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Mar
23

Selling Guidance Related to COVID-19 Bulletin 2020-5

Freddie Mac issued selling guidance related to COVID-19 on March 23, 2020. The bulltein, found here, covers: 

and also provides reminders regarding:

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Mar
23

Fannie Mae Lender Letter LL-2020-04

Fannie Mae issued a lender letter (LL-2020-04) to all Fannie Mae single-family sellers regarding the impact of COVID-19 on appraisals under the guidance of the FHFA. Read the full letter here

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