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FHA Roster Listing

Dear Mr. Harrison:

This is my first question for you. I'm a Certified Residential appraiser in MA and N.H. Can I just go to the govt. website to become FHA approved? Is it that simple? Could you advise me please? I enjoy your Revmag emails I receive.

Thank you in advance for your help.

John D. Devereaux

Dear John,

The FHA website: tells you in detail what you need to do to get on the FHA Roster of Approved Appraisers.

If that doesn't work, go to Google and enter the phrase "FHA Appraiser Roster". There is an application but is cannot be completed online. Your completed application must be submitted online, which means that you have to download the application and save it as a PDF, sign it and then scan it and send it back via email to the FHA.

Here are the highlights of the current FHA requirements:

1. You must be a residential certified appraiser or general certified appraiser.
2. You must NOT be listed on GSA's Excluded Parties List System (EPLS),
HUD's Limited Denial of Participation (LDP) list, or HUD's Credit Alert System (CAIVRS).
3. You must scan your state issued certification and send it with your complete online application.
4. Make sure that the ASC National Registry contains the correct information about your certification.

The $64-thousand dollar question is what happens next! Hopefully some of our readers will share their experience -- especially how long it took them to get on the FHA roster once they had applied.

Good luck!