When a second appraisal is required on a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) which appraisal is used to calculate the maximum claim amount?

If FHA requires a second appraisal for a HECM, the Mortgagee must use the lower of the two appraisals to calculate the maximum claim amount.


For additional information see Mortgagee Letter 2018-06 and 2019-16 available at: https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/administration/hudclips/letters/mortgagee

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Topic Number: 2018-0035