Originating & Underwriting


News and resources

To help make prudent underwriting decisions, mortgage lenders rely on appraisers to provide thorough, accurate, and objective appraisal reports for reliable opinions of market value.

The appraisal is used to judge the property’s acceptability for the mortgage loan requested in view of its value and marketability.

On this page, appraisers can find news about recent policy updates, access Appraiser Update newsletters, and view our latest appraiser related video content. Use the Help & Training link to access job aids, training videos, the Selling Guide, and more. Still can’t find what you need? Connect with us using the links below.

What's New

Updated Standardized Property Measuring Guidelines 
Check out the new and substantively revised FAQs including clarifications on the terms “declaration” and “statement of finished sq ft".

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Newsletters & related links

Check out the topical articles in our Appraiser Update newsletters, as well as links to other appraisal and valuation related resources. 

Appraiser Update September 2022

In the September 2022 edition, we explore the topic of competency: why it matters, the important role appraisers have, and how to gain and maintain competency. We also provide an update on the Appraiser Diversity Initiative, and more.

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Boot Camp Webcast Series: Managing Appraisal Risk

Watch one of Fannie Mae's Boot Camp webinars to see how we discuss appraisal risk with lenders. This session includes tips lenders can use to manage appraisal risk in both origination and QC, as well as examples of common appraisal defects to watch for.

To access the Boot Camp Webcast Series you will need to enter the password, Bootcamp2020. 

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Uniform Appraisal Dataset (UAD) 

The UAD is a component of the Uniform Mortgage Data Program® (UMDP®), jointly established by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac under the direction of the Federal Housing Finance Agency to provide common requirements for appraisal and loan delivery data.

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Policy news and updates

Click through the carousel below to learn more about recent updates and access related resources. See all appraisal related Policy news and updates here.

Appraiser careers

Residential property appraisers play a vital role in homeownership, but in recent years, fewer people have pursued careers as appraisers. Fannie Mae is partnering with industry stakeholders to encourage new entrants to the residential appraisal field.