ACE uses data from multiple listing services and public records as well as a data base of historical home values to determine collateral values, analyzing the information with its proprietary models. Freddie Mac says some borrowers can save as much as $500 on appraisal fees and close 7 to 10 days faster with a waiver.
ACE waivers will not be available for all condo properties. To determine eligibility, lenders must submit loan data through Loan Product Advisor®, Freddie Mac’s automated underwriting system. Where ACE finds the estimated value or purchase price acceptable, the lender may receive representation and warranty relief related to the value, condition, and marketability of the property when the loan is received by Freddie Mac. Even if a property is found eligible for a waiver, the lender and/or borrower can still opt for a traditional appraisal.
“We continue to see the share of condo loans we purchase increase, especially among first-time homebuyers,” said David Lowman, executive vice president of Freddie Mac’s Single-Family business. “ACE for condos will help increase the efficiency of the mortgage origination process, offer greater certainty and help save our clients, and their customers, time and money. We’re consistently innovating and improving our Loan Advisor Suite® to meet the needs of our lenders, today’s borrower and the borrower of the future.”
ACE for condominium purchases and refinances will be available beginning July 16, 2018.