Tag Archives: FHFA

FHFA Strategic Plan: Fiscal Years 2021-2024

“The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) today released the FHFA Strategic Plan:  Fiscal Years 2021-2024, which reflects the Agency’s priorities as regulator of the Federal Home Loan Banks (FHLBanks) and as regulator and conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises). FHFA requested input on the draft Agency strategic plan from Members of Congress, the… Read More »

Not With My Money

Appraisers have some very strong opinions on computer driven appraisals. Others are noticing the dangers as well.  It is more than just automated valuation models though.  In an article written by Danielle DiMartino Booth, for  Bloomberg , Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are specifically called out on their appraisal waivers. The author compares the dangers… Read More »

Could the CFPB Eliminate AMCs?

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is seeking public comments on the proposed rules for a Qualified Mortgage. The proposed rules require the lender to season the mortgage for 36 months before they can sell it to Fannie or Freddie. What that means is the lender will own that loan for 3 years.  Fast forward if… Read More »

Pause- Take Action Now!

This is a call to action!  Comments on the proposed changes to the 2022-23 USPAP are needed The proposed changes to the reporting requirement of Standard 2 may impact the profession negatively and confuse the public on who we are and what we do. We ask that each and every one of you pause for… Read More »

Are ANSI Standards Changing?

VaCAP has just learned of a meeting on July 22 to discuss and vote on proposed changes to the square footage calculation under ANSI guidelines. The proposed changes were published for public comment which closed in March. The meeting, which is described as a virtual Consensus Committee Meeting  is open to the public, however you… Read More »

Here We Go Again

Appraisers, prepare yourself for what we are about to share. The short sighted proposal is simply nonsensical from every angle.  The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau wants to eliminate the Debt to Income requirement on Qualified Mortgages. You may recall this was proposed a while back and most of the profession objected strongly. Letters, emails and… Read More »

Warning to Appraisers

We have all been there; you are busy and you lose track of your accounts receivables. Suddenly, you have 45, 60 and 90 day past due invoices.  VaCAP wants to remind you to pay attention not only to your receivables, but industry news to make informed decisions going forward. Two days ago HousingWire reported Ocwen… Read More »

Covid 19 Issues Addressed

  Fannie and Freddie have come out with updated guidelines for appraisals. There is much confusion on what is and what is not required. The below matrix simplified what is allowed by Fannie Mae. Additional questions and answers can be found on Lender Letter LL-2020-04. The unknown to the appraiser is the  ownership of the loan. … Read More »

Appraisal Organizations Step Up

Over the past week or so, Presidential Candidate Joe Biden publicly called for more regulation and oversight over appraisers to combat racial bias.  He specifically cited the Brookings Institute Study ” The Devaluation of Assets in Black Neighborhoods, The Case of Residential Property”  If you are unfamiliar with this study, in a nutshell, the findings… Read More »

Great News to Share

Last week we shared with you Congresswoman Maxine Waters and  Congressman William Lacy Clay requested a formal study/investigation into Title XI (FIRREA) and the recent dilution of its intent by the Federal Agencies. VaCAP has learned GAO has agreed to complete the study. The Network of State Coalitions has sent the following to their state… Read More »