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Part of FHA’s multi-year IT Moderniztion initiative, the Property Valuation Module is one component of FHA Catalyst, FHA’s new, flexible cloud-based platform. The FHA Catalyst: EAD Module is the first functionality FHA has developed under the Property Valuation component. Currently, the FHA Catalyst: EAD Module enables electronic submission of appraisal files via an API.

Module Technology Enhancements

This module enables lenders to provide FHA with appraisals conducted for their loans. A state-of-the-art submission process provides for integration with other FHA systems, improved error checks, and enhanced data integrity. The Property Valuation Module also provides real-time access to appraisal documents, status, and other information, and offers new tracking and analysis capabilities for lenders and FHA.

Mortgage Lender Resources

User Guides
The FHA Catalyst: Property Valuation Module User Guide provides detailed instructions for navigating the new Property Valuation Module, including log in support and step-by-step instructions for submitting appraisals. 
Access the Lender User Guide
Access the Lender Administrator User Guide
Access the Appraisal Management Company User Guide

User Trainings
FHA Catalyst: Property Valuation Module Webinars (recorded on 8/27/2020) are pre-recorded webinars that provide a demonstration of the new FHA Catalyst: Property Valuation Module. The instructor leads the viewer through a screen-by-screen tour of the new state-of-the-art appraisal submission process while explaining the input requirements, drop-down menu options, validation errors, and document upload functionality.
Duration: 16 minutes
Access the lender admin webinar
Duration: 20 minutes
Access the lender user webinar

FHA Catalyst Authorized Party Registration Form
This form allows FHA approved mortgagees to register their Authorized Parties (APs) to have access and/or integrate via application programming interface (API) with FHA Catalyst.
Access the registration form  

Developer Resources
Property Valuation Supported Forms and Data Formats: This file defines the supported forms and data formats for electronic appraisal submissions via the FHA Catalyst: Property Valuation Module.
Access the file

FHA Resource Center Knowledge Base
The FHA Resource Center’s online knowledge base includes frequently asked questions about the FHA Catalyst: Property Valuation Module.
Access the Knowledge Base

Specifically, this module will:

-     Receive all industry-standard appraisal datasets in XML format
-     Accept all appraisal files from lenders via API data integration

This module improves the user experience, with streamlined “hard stop” edits and the process for submitting multiple appraisals. In addition, mortgagees and appraisal management companies can resubmit an appraisal by overriding the previous submission.

This initial EAD capability is a starting point for the future state FHA Catalyst: Property Valuation Module, which will include additional capabilities, such as:

-     The elimination of a separate appraisal logging step;
-     More granular near-real-time feedback on property eligibility and appraisal quality;
-     Support for varied lender workflows;
-     Streamlined user management and granting of access to business partners; and
-     Granular analytics to enhance lender decisioning for property valuations.

FHA Catalyst Onboarding

FHA-approved mortgagees with access to FHA Catalyst: Property Valuation Module are currently able to submit appraisals for Title II forward mortgages.

Mortgagees may request access to FHA Catalyst: Property Valuation Module for electronic appraisal delivery via the FHA Resource Center by emailing answers@hud.gov or by calling 1-800-CALL FHA (1-800-225-5342). Persons with hearing or speech impairments may reach this number by calling the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.

About FHA Catalyst

FHA has embarked on a multi-year IT modernization initiative, FHA Catalyst, which is already improving how mortgagees and their authorized users do business with FHA. FHA Catalyst is supported by a $40 million appropriation from Congress and a partnership between the HUD Chief Information Officer (CIO) and the HUD Federal Housing Commissioner. FHA Catalyst is a secure, flexible, cloud-based platform that provides a modern, automated system for lenders, servicers, and other FHA program participants. FHA Catalyst enables FHA to more efficiently and effectively manage its programs and processes, benefiting the those who do business with FHA.