Living with the code

Resources for coping with new appraisal rules

The Home Valuation Code of Conduct — a new set of rules governing appraisals conducted on loans slated for purchase by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that took effect on May 1 — has been a contentious issue for real estate professionals.

Some industry groups say the new rules, intended to protect appraisers from coercion by lenders, have derailed sales in part because lenders are shifting work appraisal management companies who may employ appraisers with little experience in the markets they are assigned to work in.