I’m closing my first conventional purchase that falls under the rules of HVCC (a majority of my transactions have been FHA) which became effective at the beginning of this month. Today I was asked by the Real Estate Agent, in disbelief:
“If I understand you correctly:
- We don’t know who the appraiser is
- We cannot contact the appraiser even if we knew. [Note: the real estate agent CAN contact the appraiser if they somehow know who it is…the loan production staff cannot].
- We have no idea when the appraisal will be done”
Yep. In a nutshell, people who are considered a part of “loan production” including mortgage originators and loan processors have no idea who the appraiser is until we receive it from said appraiser with conventional financing.
HVCC does not prohibit the real estate agent from communication with an appraiser. However, unless the appraiser contacts the agent to schedule an appointment there will be no way for a real estate agent to know who the appraiser is.
Note to Real Estate Agents: please keep this in mind when you are writing up offers with conventional financing. The mortgage originator has no contact with the appraiser and therefore, the Letter of Loan Commitment that is typically required within 20-30 days may still be subject to appraisal or the underwriter’s review of the appraisal. We can request the appraisals are provided to us by a certain date; but I cannot contact the appraiser to say “what’s the e.t.a. on the Jones appraisal; we really need it by Friday”.
Currently FHA is not following HVCC however, FHA has been adopting some of Fannie Mae’s other appraisal guidelines and addendums.
Are we having fun yet?