The lender must comply with the property fieldwork requirements issued by DU. For certain DU Refi Plus loan casefiles, DU offers to waive the requirement for property fieldwork. For loan casefiles that are not eligible for a DU Refi Plus property fieldwork waiver, DU will require an appraisal based on an interior and exterior inspection reported on the appropriate appraisal report form for the type of property being appraised. If the lender exercises a property fieldwork waiver, the lender is not responsible for the standard representations and warranties related to the value, marketability, and condition of the property. See B5-5.2-01, DU Refi Plus and Refi Plus Eligibility, for additional information related to appraisal representations and warranties.
When a lender exercises the DU Refi Plus property fieldwork waiver, Fannie Mae accepts the property value estimate submitted to DU as the market value for the subject property and as noted above, the lender is not required to make any representation or warranty as to value, marketability, or condition of the subject property. However, the lender continues to be required to represent and warrant that all of the information and data submitted to DU is complete and accurate.
The property value the lender enters in DU may be based on:
the lender’s estimate of value, determined at the discretion of the lender, or
the borrower’s estimate of value.
If DU does not offer a property fieldwork waiver, the lender must obtain an appraisal on the form specified in the DU Underwriting Findings report.
Note: DU will issue a message on DU Refi Plus loan casefiles when the subject property address cannot be standardized, or Fannie Mae's databases do not have sufficient information about the property to determine eligibility for the DU Refi Plus property fieldwork waiver. This message will state that based on the address and other information available to DU, the property is not eligible for a DU Refi Plus property fieldwork waiver.
A lender may only exercise the DU Refi Plus property fieldwork waiver if:
the final submission of the loan casefile to DU resulted in a property fieldwork waiver offer, and
the property fieldwork waiver offer is not more than four months old on the date of the note and the mortgage.
Fannie Mae specifically does not warrant that the estimated value used in the determination of eligibility for the DU Refi Plus property fieldwork waiver represents the actual value of the subject property.
Laws and regulations regarding the use of appraisals and automated valuation models may vary. The lender is responsible for compliance with all federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations. When the lender is required by law to obtain an appraisal, the lender must comply with such requirements, but may still exercise the DU Refi Plus property fieldwork waiver.
Lenders that elect to exercise the DU Refi Plus property fieldwork waiver must include SFC 807 at delivery.
For Refi Plus transactions, the lender must obtain an appraisal based on an interior and exterior inspection reported on the appropriate appraisal report form for the type of property being appraised.
See B5-5.2-01, DU Refi Plus and Refi Plus Eligibility, for additional information related to appraisal representations and warranties.
Fannie Mae will not require a property secured by a DU Refi Plus or Refi Plus mortgage that was damaged as a result of a disaster to be repaired prior to delivery as long as the loan meets the property insurance requirements described in Chapter B7–3, Property and Flood Insurance. Therefore, an additional inspection and/or new appraisal of the property is not necessary after a disaster.
When the lender does not obtain a new appraisal
The lender must advise the borrower not to rely on the lack of an appraisal as assurance about the condition or value of the property.
The lender will not represent to the borrower or to any third party to the transaction that Fannie Mae or any third party performed a property review, appraisal, or valuation of any sort.
The lender cannot charge the borrower a fee for an appraisal, a collateral review, or any similar service as part of the new mortgage transaction.
The lender must comply with all applicable laws and regulations related to the origination and servicing of the new mortgage, including, but not limited to, the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998 (the “Act”). Certain borrower rights and lender obligations are based on the LTV ratio at the time of origination and at later dates. Lenders are advised to consult with their legal counsel with regard to establishing the “original value” as defined by the Act.
For DU Refi Plus and Refi Plus refinances of an investment property, the lender is not required to obtain a Form 1007 if the borrower is using rental income to qualify. (Lenders may disregard the DU message that requires this form.)
The following table provides condo, co-op, and PUD project review requirements for DU Refi Plus or Refi Plus mortgage loans:
|Condo, Co-op, and PUD Project Review Requirements||DU Refi Plus||Refi Plus|
Fannie Mae will rely on the project eligibility determination made by the lender when the original mortgage loan was delivered to Fannie Mae.
|Project Insurance||Confirmation of property, flood, and liability insurance coverage is required.||
(The lender's original project review would have included confirmation of the required insurance coverage, and there are existing processes required by the Servicing Guide to monitor and ensure such insurance coverage remains in force.)
For DU Refi Plus and Refi Plus mortgage loans, lenders must use the following project type codes at the time of delivery for loans secured by a property in a condo project, co-op project, or PUD:
|Project Type Code||Property Type|
|V||Properties in a condo project|
|2||Properties in a co-op project|
|E||Properties in a PUD|
The table below provides references to the Announcements and Release Notes that have been issued that are related to this topic.
|Announcements and Release Notes||Issue Date|
|Announcement SEL-2016–09||December 6, 2016|
|Announcement SEL-2013–07||September 24, 2013|
|Announcement SEL-2012–14||December 18, 2012|
|Announcement SEL-2012–10||October 2, 2012|
|Announcement SEL-2012–07||August 21, 2012|
|DU Version 9.0||July 24, 2012|
|Announcement SEL-2012–06||June 26, 2012|
|Announcement SEL-2012–04||May 15, 2012|
|DU 8.3 April Update||April 17, 2012|
|Announcement SEL-2012–01||January 31, 2012|
|DU 8.3 March Update||January 3, 2012|
|Announcement SEL-2011–13||December 20, 2011|
|Announcement SEL-2011–12||November 15, 2011|
|Announcement SEL-2011–05||June 28, 2011|
|DU 7.1 June Update||June 5, 2009|
|Announcement 09-13||May 11, 2009|
|DU 7.1 May Update||April 20, 2009|
|Announcement 09-04||March 4, 2009|
|DU 7.1 April Update||March 4, 2009|