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PURPOSE AND SCOPE

PURPOSE OF THE FEDERAL HOUSING ADMINISTRATION (FHA)

APPRAISAL AND PROPERTY CONDITION ASSESSMENT

The appraisal and property condition assessment is used to deter­mine the market value and acceptability of the property for FHA mortgage insurance purposes.  The value serves as a basis for determining the maximum FHA insurable mortgage loan.  The appraisal is performed for the use and benefit of HUD, and the lender involved in an FHA transaction.  In addition to providing an estimate of value, the appraisal provides an examination of the property for any visible, obvious and/or apparent deficiencies that may affect the livability of that property in terms of basic needs, health and safety of the property's occupants.  HUD/FHA MAKES NO WARRANTIES AS TO THE VALUE AND/OR CONDITION OF ANY FHA-APPRAISED PROPERTY, therefore buyers/borrowers must determine for themselves that the price of the property is "reasonable" and that it's condition is "acceptable".  NOTE:  Borrowers should be encouraged to obtain a detailed HOME INSPECTION of the property.  Up to $300 of this fee is considered an allowable fee as per Secretary Cuomo’s Homebuyer Protection Plan dated 6/1/98.  

Copy Printed: REVISION  I

   02/16/022       Revision Effective:  05-30-00

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