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Published April 07, 2021

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Are appraisals based on the as is condition of the property acceptable?

Appraisals Completed “As Is”

Fannie Mae permits appraisals to be based on the “as is” condition of the property provided existing conditions are minor and do not affect the safety, soundness, or structural integrity of the property, and the appraiser’s opinion of value reflects the existence of these conditions. 

Minor conditions and deferred maintenance are typically due to normal wear and tear from the aging process and the occupancy of the property. While such conditions generally do not rise to the level of a required repair, they must be reported. Examples of minor conditions and deferred maintenance include worn floor finishes or carpet, minor plumbing leaks, holes in window screens, or cracked window glass. 

Condition Ratings C1, C2, C3, C4, and C5 as previously defined are eligible for delivery in “as is” condition. Properties with the initial Condition Rating C6 indicate one or more deficiencies that impact the safety, soundness, or structural integrity of the property. Therefore, the appraisal must be completed subject to completion of the deficient item(s). 

See Physical Deficiencies That Affect Safety, Soundness, or Structural Integrity of the Subject Property in B4-1.3-06, Property Condition and Quality of Construction of the Improvements for additional details when completing appraisals on properties with safety, soundness, or structural integrity deficiencies.

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