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Published December 16, 2020

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What are general property eligibility requirements?

Property Requirements

The mortgaged premises must be

  • residential in nature as defined by the characteristics of the property and surrounding market area (see B4-1.3-03, Neighborhood Section of the Appraisal Report);
  • secured by an interest in real property within the meaning of the Internal Revenue Code as such term is defined in 26 C.F.R. § 1.856-3;
  • safe, sound, and structurally secure (see B4-1.3-06, Property Condition and Quality of Construction of the Improvements);
  • adequately insured per Fannie Mae guidelines for property and flood insurance (see B7-3, Property and Flood Insurance);
  • the highest and best use of the property as improved (or as proposed per plans and specifications), and the use of the property must be legal or legal non-conforming use (see B4-1.3-04, Site Section of the Appraisal Report);
  • readily accessible by roads that meet local standards (see B4-1.3-04, Site Section of the Appraisal Report);
  • served by utilities that meet community standards (see B4-1.3-04, Site Section of the Appraisal Report); and
  • suitable for year-round use.

Note: Certain aspects of the location of a property will require special consideration. For example, properties in resort areas that attract people for seasonal or vacation use are acceptable only if they are suitable for year-round use.

For additional information, see B2-3-01, General Property Eligibility.

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