OCC BULLETIN 2016-8
Subject: Real Estate Lending
Date: March 4, 2016
To: Chief Executive Officers of All National Banks and Federal Savings Associations, Department and Division Heads, All Examining Personnel, and Other Interested Parties
Description: Interagency Advisory on the Use of Evaluations in Real Estate-Related Financial Transactions
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (the agencies) today issued an “Interagency Advisory on Use of Evaluations in Real Estate-Related Financial Transactions.” This advisory describes existing supervisory expectations, guidance, and industry practice for using evaluations instead of appraisals when estimating the market value of real property securing real estate-related financial transactions. During outreach meetings with representatives from the financial industry conducted pursuant to the requirement of the Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act (EGRPRA),1 meeting participants raised questions about the use of evaluations. The questions focused on when evaluations could be used for real estate-related financial transactions and how to support a market value conclusion when there have been few or no recent comparable sales.
The “Interagency Appraisal and Evaluation Guidelines”2 provide guidance on the development and use of evaluations. Transactions that permit use of evaluations include the following:
Please contact Robert L. Parson, Appraisal Policy Specialist, Credit Risk, at (202) 649-6670.
Jennifer C. Kelly
1 The federal banking agencies are conducting a review of their respective regulations, including their appraisal regulations, pursuant to EGRPRA. The agencies are evaluating whether the regulations are outdated, unnecessary, or unduly burdensome, and the agencies are considering how to reduce regulatory burden on insured depository institutions while ensuring their safety and soundness and the safety and soundness of the financial system. See outreach meeting transcripts at http://egrpra.ffiec.gov/outreach/outreach-index.html.