An explosion of appraisal waivers. Is that good or bad?
By Ryan Lundquist
Excerpts: Appraisal waivers have really exploded in recent years – especially during the pandemic. But how many are there exactly? Let’s look at actual numbers to walk away with some perspective. These stats are from January 2021 from AEI.
- 47.4% of all Freddie Mac loans had a waiver
- 44.5% of all Fannie Mae loans had a waiver
- Waivers are far more common during refinances
- Only 10-12% of purchases had an appraisal waiver in January
- Non cash-out refinances have the most waivers (67-69%)
- The higher your loan-to-value, the lower your chance of a waiver
- Waivers have seen a dramatic increase during the pandemic
2) Seeing numbers: What real estate professionals experience with appraisal waivers with their clients can really vary. For instance, if you work with FHA borrowers putting very little down, you probably don’t see many waivers, but if you work with conventional buyers putting 30-40% down, you’re going to see more. This is why seeing actual stats is so important.
Read more of Ryan’s comments, see graphs, plus over 25 appraiser comments: click here
To read the AEI report, click here
My comments: I wrote about this in the February issue of the monthly Appraisal Today. Also included is data on which states are doing the most, and least, alternative appraisals. I spent a lot of time trying to get any statistics from Fannie without success. I knew waivers were going way up, especially for purchases. AEI reports have the analysis
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