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Tips to Addressing The New Appraisal Rule with Reverse Mortgage Borrowers

Tips To Addressing The New Appraisal Rule With Reverse Mortgage Borrowers

With a month of experience with the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s new collateral risk assessment for Reverse Mortgage properties, lenders have reported a relatively smooth process in submitting appraisals to HUD and receiving responses as to whether a second Appraisal is needed. And an industry working group has been studying the process, finding that roughly 20% of submissions are requiring a second appraisal. Yet explaining the process and implications to borrowers remains a challenge, originators say, and one that should be addressed upfront.

“Don’t wait until you need another appraisal until you open that door,” said John Luddy, SVP of reverse mortgage lending for Norcom Mortgage, during the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association annual conference in San Diego in late October.

The impact to borrowers in need of a second appraisal is twofold: the first being a second visit from an appraiser to the home, and the second being the cost of the appraisal, which can be several hundred dollars more than initially anticipated.

“Seniors are concerned about someone else coming into the home,” said Loren Riddick, a reverse mortgage loan officer with New South Mortgage, during a conference panel on the appraisal changes.

There are several items that can be addressed with borrowers upfront in order to prevent questions down the road, industry participants explained.

1. Give borrowers a heads up. “Let them know there could be another appraisal,” Luddy says. Originators can also explain the timeline for a second appraisal as well as the time frame for submission to HUD, which most lenders are finding is completed within 24 hours. Some property types, such as those with more than a single housing unit, are more often requiring a second appraisal than single-family units, according to the working group.

2. Explain what happens when the second appraisal is higher than the first. Some lenders and borrowers have questioned whether a second appraisal that comes in higher than the first can be used as the final appraisal. HUD has specified in its FAQs that a higher second appraisal cannot be used.

3. Be proactive by using estimates and managing expectations. “Zillow is a great resource,” said John Dingeman, chief appraiser with appraisal management company Landmark Network. “Put the address into the ‘sell’ box and take a look at the property on Google Maps and Zillow. It’s important to look at whether there are external influences.”

Those influences might be proximity to a gas station or signs of disrepair that could impact the appraised value.

“I believe it’s imperative for the borrower to be part of the process,” Dingeman said, noting that it can be helpful for borrower to accompany the appraiser on the walk through of the home.

“Share the details with the borrowers. They know more about the home [than the appraiser does].”

Written by Elizabeth Ecker

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