Property Data Collection

Property Data Collection Terms and Role in Appraisal Modernization

Learn the Key terms and role that property data collection plays in Waiver based Inspection products for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
Tom Spencer
3 mins

Understanding Property Data Collection

Property Data Collection involves observing and reporting property characteristics in an objective manner, either physically or virtually. This critical task is performed by trained and vetted Property Data Collectors. The goal is to provide accurate data to assist lenders in making informed decisions about the security of their loans. Importantly, Property Data Collection does not involve forming an opinion of value, distinguishing it from property valuation.

Key Terms and Acronyms in Property Data Collection

Navigating the mortgage industry can be complex, especially with the numerous terms and acronyms used. Here are some essential definitions to help you understand the terminology:

GSE (Government-Sponsored Enterprise): These entities, created by Congress, aim to enhance credit flow in specific areas of the U.S. economy, particularly real estate. Unlike government agencies, GSEs are privately held.

Freddie Mac: Officially known as the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, Freddie Mac is a GSE that utilizes the ACE+PDR product.

Fannie Mae: The Federal National Mortgage Association, another GSE, uses the PDC product.

Appraisal Waiver: This occurs when a lender opts not to require a traditional real estate appraisal for a mortgage loan application, based on factors such as the loan amount and the borrower's creditworthiness.

Hybrid Appraisal: This method combines traditional appraisals with automated or desktop appraisals, using technology and third-party data to streamline the process while maintaining some on-site inspection.

ACE+PDR: A Freddie Mac product that combines an appraisal waiver (ACE) with a property data collection (PDR).

PDC (Property Data Collection): A Fannie Mae product required when a lender receives a value acceptance waiver + property data offer, validating the property's description and eligibility.

Property Data Collection plays a vital role in modernizing the valuation process within the mortgage industry. By understanding the key terms and processes involved, stakeholders can better navigate this evolving landscape, ultimately leading to more efficient and accurate property assessments.

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