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November 14, 2017 • Stay Connected!

QUESTION:  In your May 20, 2017 video about low appraisals, you suggest that a Buyer might want to choose not to notify Seller of a low appraisal in some cases in order to prevent Seller from responding in a way that forces buyer to either waive the financing contingency or terminate the PSA.
If Buyer or Buyer's agent calls or emails the listing agent or Seller and mentions the low appraisal in an attempt to negotiate a resolution, but does not send the appropriate written notice of low appraisal or the appraisal report, does this constitute a notice of low appraisal per the contract or does Buyer still have the right to move forward as though Seller has not been notified?
If the appraisal report is sent to Seller or Seller's agent but the notice of low appraisal form (Form 22AN) is not sent, does that constitute notice of low appraisal per the contract?

ANSWER: The Financing Addendum (Form 22A), Lines 63-64, answers this question. Buyer "may" give notice of the low appraisal. Buyer is not obligated to give notice but "may" give notice. IF buyer gives notice, that notice MUST include a copy of the appraisal report. The notice may (not "shall") be given using Form 22AN.
Putting all that together, a "Notice of Low Appraisal" must include a copy of the appraisal report but need not include a Form 22AN. If neither the appraisal report nor the Form 22AN is delivered to seller/listing broker, then buyer has not given "Notice of Low Appraisal". However, if the appraisal report is delivered to seller or listing broker, with or without the Form 22AN, then buyer has given "Notice of Low Appraisal" and seller's rights based on receipt of that notice are triggered.


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Primary Mortgage Rates Survey
(updated every Thursday)  Source:  Freddie Mac
 November 9, 2017  30-yr FRM  15-Yr FRM  5/1-Yr ARM
 Average Rates  3.90%  3.24%  3.22%
 Fees & Points  0.4
 Margin  N/A  N/A  2.74

 November 2, 2017  30-yr FRM  15-Yr FRM  5/1-Yr ARM
 Average Rates  3.94%  3.27%  3.23%
 Fees & Points  0.5
 Margin  N/A  N/A  2.74

 October 26, 2017  30-yr FRM  15-Yr FRM  5/1-Yr ARM
 Average Rates  3.94%  3.25%  3.21%
 Fees & Points  0.5
 Margin  N/A  N/A  2.74

 October 19, 2017  30-yr FRM  15-Yr FRM  5/1-Yr ARM
 Average Rates  3.88%  3.19%  3.17%
 Fees & Points  0.5
 Margin  N/A  N/A  2.74

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