FHA delays new appraisal rules

RESPA rule changes still taking effect Jan. 1

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The Federal Housing Administration has pushed back to Feb. 15 implementation of new rules for appraisals that were originally scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1, in order to give FHA and lenders more time to adjust systems to accommodate the changes.

The new rules are intended to bring FHA appraisal policies into "full alignment" with rules employed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac since May 1 to protect appraisers from coercion, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) said in announcing the changes in September.