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FHA PROPOSED ACTIONS REGARDING APPRAISALS

Recently the Department of Housing and Urban Development released a draft Mortgagee Letter. The proposed letter establishes a process for mortgagees when a borrower requests a review of the appraisal results associated with their application for an FHA-insured mortgage. On June 1, 2021, President Biden announced the creation of an Interagency Task Force on Property Appraisal and Valuation Equity (PAVE) to combat bias in home appraisals. FHA is committed to strengthening safeguards against unlawful discrimination […]

NATIONAL COMMUNITY REINVESTMENT COALITION – APPRAISAL DISCRIMINATION

In early November, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) filed two complaints against appraisers with the Department of Housing and Urban Development asserting different treatment based on race in violation of the Fair Housing Act. The first complaint, against RMC Appraisal Services, asserts different service levels based on race; and The second complaint, against Atlantic Appraisers & Associates, addresses home valuations that differ based on race. Mystery Shoppers The Complaints evolved from mystery-shopping regarding appraisals […]

PLAN FOR PROPERTY APPRAISAL AND VALUATION EQUITY

Over the past few years, stories have circulated about properties being appraised for less than typical market value. When the property is reappraised, after the homeowner removes all evidence of his or her blackness, the property appraises for market value. On October 14, 2020, it was reported that an unnamed individual (Complainant) filed a complaint against JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (“Department”), alleging Complainant was injured […]

INTERAGENCY STATEMENT ON SPECIAL PURPOSE CREDIT PROGRAMS

On February 22, 2022, The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (FRB), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau), the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Federal Housing Finance Agency (hereafter, the agencies) issued an interagency statement to remind creditors of the ability […]

LEP – ANOTHER CLOSE HIT

On November 29, 2021, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Inland Fair Housing and Mediation Board announced it has reached a Conciliation/Voluntary Compliance Agreement with National Community Renaissance; National Community Renaissance of California; Desert Meadows Housing Partners, LP; Victorville Housing Partners L.P.; and Cathedral Family Housing Partners, L.P., management agents and owners of four HUD-subsidized apartment complexes in southern California, resolving allegations that the property managers refused to rent to or provide adequate language services […]