Compliance Center: NCUA Releases Final Rule Amendments on Appraisals Involving Existing Loans

As part of the Regulatory Modernization Initiative, the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) released final rule amendments to the NCUA’s appraisal rules.

The first change eliminates the now duplicative requirement that Federal Credit Unions (FCUs) provide any requesting member with a copy of the appraisal used in connection with the member’s application for a loan secured by a first lien on a dwelling.  This provision is now covered by the CFPB’s Regulation B rules.  The NCUA’s left provisions in 701.31(c)(5) that would still require FCUs to provide copies of appraisals upon request for member’s whose loan application was for a subordinate lien item.

The second revised provision will allow Federally Insured Credit Unions (FICUs) to refinance or modify an existing real estate-related loan without obtaining an appraisal if (1) there is no advancement of new monies; or (2) in transactions where there is an advancement of new monies, if there is no obvious and material change in market conditions or physical aspects of the property.  In addition to achieving parity with banking regulations, the amendment gives FICUs more latitude to modify or refinance existing real estate loans for distressed borrowers without having to obtain a new appraisal.

Finally, the NCUA made minor technical changes to the definition of the term “application”.

Compliance Question of the Week

What can we do if a member has declared bankruptcy and the member only wants to reaffirm on one, but not all, of the loans the member has with us?

Reaffirmation is completely voluntary for both the member and the credit union. While the member does not have to reaffirm, the credit union can refuse to accept a reaffirmation that it does not like. If a member wants to reaffirm on the car loan so that she can keep her car, but the credit union wants her to reaffirm on both the car loan and the Visa, the credit union can reject the member’s offer to reaffirm on only the car loan. This is risky because the member might decide to reject this offer, and then the credit union will not have any reaffirmation. Of course, if the member does not reaffirm, the credit union can repossess the car. Using this tactic is a business decision on the credit union’s part.   

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