HUD HOC Reference Guide
Repair ConditionsChapter 1
Appraisal & Property Requirements
1: Home Inspections: Borrowers are encouraged to obtain a detailed home inspection of the property. Borrowers should research home inspector's qualifications and designations to ascertain that they feel comfortable with the individual they hire. HUD does not maintain lists of approved Home Inspectors.
2: Repairs and Alterations: Deficiencies, required repairs, alterations and/or required inspections must be reported within the appropriate section of the applicable appraisal reporting form. (See Mortgagee Letter 2005-48 and 2005-34)
4. Clearing Conditions on Existing Homes
5. Refinances: Standard refinances require a complete appraisal with deficiencies and repair conditions reported. Although HUD does not require completion of the repairs on a streamline refinance, except lead-based paint repairs, the lender may require completion of repairs. A streamline refinance may be insured with or without an appraisal. Please see:Handbook 4155.1, Rev. 4 Chapter 1
6. Appliances: The Valuation Protocol (page D-26 of Appendix D, Handbook 4150.2) requires the appraiser to note the appliances that are present in the home at the time of inspection and whether the appliance is considered personal property or part of the real estate. The protocol further directs the appraiser to treat non-functioning appliances/equipment as deferred maintenance in the valuation process.
The manner in which an appliance is attached to the dwelling would determine whether or not an appliance should be considered part of the real estate. In some real estate markets, it may be typical and customary for certain appliances to convey with the real estate. In these situations, those appliances should be considered real estate and treated as such in the valuation of the property.
In some cases, such as that of REO properties, all or some of the appliances may be missing and there may be damage to the floor, wall or ceiling finish as a result of the removal. Depending upon the magnitude of the damage, the appraiser is expected to treat the damage to the home as deferred maintenance and reflect such in the conclusion of value. Missing appliances must be addressed by the appraiser in the valuation process, particularly when the comparable sales included a full complement of working appliances.
In cases where appliances are missing and minor repairs may also be needed, lenders are encouraged to have the borrower take advantage of the Streamlined 203(k) loan product, which has no minimum repair cost threshold and is designed to cover such improvements/replacements.
|Content Archived: November 2, 2012|