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Fannie Mae’s New Appraisal Risk-Assessment Tool: Collateral Underwriter (CU)

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At the end of January 2015, Fannie Mae will make Collateral Underwriter (CU), an appraisal risk-assessment tool, available to lenders.  CU is an optional, free tool that lenders can use to assign a risk score to appraisals and identify aspects of the appraisal that may require further attention.  The tool can provide the lender a list of additional comps for possible appraiser review.  NAR members are concerned that this could add time to the appraisal process and force appraisers to use lower-value, lower-quality comps—a tool that appears to encourage lower-value… Read More

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