I have an underwriter saying that the economic life needs to be included on all reports, even though the URAR form 1004 says it is needed for HUD/VA only. Have I missed something in this regard? Thanks in advance for your time.
The USPAP states that for every appraisal, the appraiser and the lender client must have a scope of work dialogue. The designers of the URAR 1004 have incorporated some of their scope of work requirements into the URAR. What the URAR is telling you is that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac do not require that you estimate the remaining economic life while the HUD/VA does require it. However, if the appraiser feels it is necessary in order to make a credible appraisal (which is required by the USPAP) it should be included. What the underwriter is saying to you is that for the lender/client they represent, it is required, which is their right.
It appears that some lenders are requiring an estimated economic life on all appraisal reports (even for 1073 form reports on Condos). I understand that banks are using this to determine if the life of the loan exceeds the economic life of the subject. The problem is that economic life is dependent on the owner's maintenance. If, say, a new owner doesn't have the funds and/or knowledge to repair a roof leak or get rid of termites, the economic life could easily go from 50 years to five years. Conversely, a well maintained building can last hundreds of years. How is the appraiser supposed to determine the owner's level of future maintenance? I could not find any reference to estimated economic life in USPAP.
I think you should make it clear in your definition of estimated economic life that it includes the assumption that the property will receive normal care and maintenance.