Certified Appraisals No Longer Required for Commercial Deals Under $500K

An inter-agency group of regulators from the Federal Reserve, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) decided to raise the threshold for commercial real estate deals that need approval from a state-certified appraiser from $250,000 to $500,000, Reuters reported

Now, financial institutions can utilize the less stringent evaluation process instead of a certified appraisal for deals below the threshold. Evaluations also provide a market value estimate but do not have to comply with federal standards.

The $250,000 limit was established in 1994. Regulators originally proposed raising the limit to $400,000 to keep it in line with inflation, but decided to raise the limit higher after considering comments from appraisers, financial institutions, and trade organizations received during a comment period last year.