Federal Banking Agencies Issue Final Rule to Exempt Residential Real Estate Transactions of $400,000 or Less from Appraisal Requirements …The appraisal threshold was last changed in 1994. The exemption based on a transaction value of $400,000 or less is available for residential real estate transactions, which is defined as a real estate-related financial transaction that is secured by a single 1-to-4 family residential property. Appraisal Threshold Increases to $400,000 On Sept. 27, 2019, the Federal Reserve , the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency all announced they have adopted a joint final rule increasing the threshold for residential real estate transactions requiring an appraisal from $250,000 to $400,000. Effective October 9, 2019, the change is the first increase to the appraisal threshold since 1994. The FDIC, the Federal Reserve, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the Federal Agencies) have adopted a final rule that raises the threshold level at or below which appraisals will not be required for residential real estate transactions from $250,000 to $400,000. The $250,000 appraisal threshold was set in 1994. The agencies originally proposed to raise the threshold, which has been in place since 1994, to $400,000, but determined that a $500,000 threshold will materially reduce regulatory burden and the number of transactions that require an appraisal. For the first time since 1994 the residential appraisal threshold has increased from $250,000 to $400,000. The Federal Reserve, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) have adopted a final rule increasing the residential appraisal level from $250,000 to $400,000. The new threshold of $400,000 reflects increases in residential real estate transaction values and general indexes of inflation since adoption of the existing threshold in 1994 as well as safety and soundness considerations. The proposed residential appraisal threshold level of $400,000 would exempt a similar number of transactions and dollar volume of transactions as did the current threshold of $250,000 when it was set in 2001 thereby restoring the level of exempted transactions. Highlights. The appraisal threshold for real estate transactions secured by a 1-to-4 family residential property will rise from $250,000 to $400,000 under a final rule issued Friday by federal banking agencies, but banks will still be required to obtain evaluations of the transactions “consistent with safe and sound banking practices,” the agencies said. News NCUA Board Approves Increase of Appraisal Threshold to $400,000 One interim final rule temporarily passed by the board defers certain real estate appraisals and evaluations for … The final rule increases the appraisal threshold for residential transactions from $250,000 to $400,000. The new threshold addresses numerous concerns raised by ABA and other industry stakeholders over the time and cost of appraisals. Federal Bank Agencies Take Residential Appraisal Threshold to $400,000 Sep 30, 2019 CFPB Concurs in Decision. The financial regulatory agencies today issued a final rule—which takes effect immediately once published in the Federal Register—raising the appraisal threshold for residential real estate transactions from $250,000 to $400,000. Now that the Federal Reserve has approved the change, you may be wondering what effect this will have on you.