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Financial Institution Letters

September 27, 2019

New Appraisal Threshold for Residential Real Estate Loans

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The FDIC, the Federal Reserve, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the Agencies) have jointly issued an amended rule (the Appraisal Rule) that increases the threshold for residential real estate transactions requiring an appraisal from $250,000 to $400,000. For transactions exempted by the $400,000 threshold, the Appraisal Rule requires an evaluation. The Appraisal Rule also incorporates the appraisal exemption for rural residential properties provided by the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (EGRCCPA) and requires evaluations for these exempt transactions. In addition, the Appraisal Rule requires appraisals for federally related transactions to be subject to appropriate review for compliance with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).

Statement of Applicability to Institutions Under $1 Billion in Total Assets: This Financial Institution Letter applies to all FDIC-supervised institutions.



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