Now it’s official.

Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae will implement a revised Home Valuation Code of Conduct beginning May 1, 2009. In an attempt to increase the reliability of appraisals, the revised code builds on existing seller-service guidelines and will apply to lenders that sell single-family mortgage loans to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

One major difference in the code is that lenders will be required to order appraisals from one central clearing house, which will in turn select an appraiser. The new code is intended to help assure that borrowers, home buyers and secondary mortgage market investors receive fair and independent property valuations.

Federal Housing Finance Agencey News Release

Home Valuation Code of Conduct

Will the appraisal fraud war continue?  Or will Boston appraisers fall in line?

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