Important FHA notice for all mortgagees: The February 15, 2010 Implementation Date Will NOT Change for Mortgagee Letters 2009-28 and 2009-51:
Implementation Date for New Requirements in ML 2009-28:
As indicated in the industry email of December 22, 2009, enactment of ML 2009-28 (Appraiser Independence) WILL be implemented February 15, 2010. ML 2009-28 (originally planned for a January 1, 2010 implementation) has two parts: a) prohibition of mortgage brokers and commission-based lender staff from the appraisal process, and b) appraiser selection in FHA Connection. The effective date for both sections of this guidance will take effect for all case numbers assigned on or after February 15, 2010. This extension has allowed FHA and lenders additional time to adjust systems to accommodate the changes. Detailed instructions on changes to FHA Connection will be issued in a new mortgagee letter, which was delayed due to federal offices being shut down the week of February the 8th and will be released the week of February 15th.
However, lenders will be able to secure a case number assignment in FHA Connection via the Case Number Assignment Screen without inputting the appraiser information. The Case Number Assignment Screen will no longer capture the assignment choice, license ID and assignment date. Instead, lenders will be required to enter all appraisal data, including the appraiser ID, in the Appraisal Logging Screen once the completed appraisal is received by the lender and prior to closing the loan.
Implementation Date for ML 2009-51:
ML 2009-51, Adoption of the Appraisal Update and/or Completion Report, states an effective date of January 1, 2010. The effective date was extended and will apply to all case numbers assigned on or after February 15, 2010. This extension provided additional time needed by FHA and lenders to adjust their systems to accommodate use of the form.
All FHA Mortgagee Letters can be read online at: http://www.hud.gov/offices/adm/hudclips/letters/mortgagee/