Must the prior case number be restored for a HUD REO property before ordering a new case number?

When requesting a new case number where a prior case number exists (whether on an FHA to FHA refinance or on the purchase of a HUD REO property), it is not necessary to restore the prior case number if it has been archived. A new case number will be issued even if the prior case number is in archive.

It may be necessary to have the previous case number restored if there is a question about the address not matching the current address.

HUD Policy Determination

All policy information contained in this knowledge base article is based upon the referenced HUD policy document. Any lending or insuring decisions should adhere to the specific information contained in that underlying policy document.

Topic Number: KA-01384