Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac may stop accepting appraisals ordered by mortgage brokers by Sept. 1 as part of a settlement the two secondary-market agencies are negotiating with New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. In selling loans to Fannie and Freddie, lenders would have to certify in representations and warranties that they did not rely on appraisals provided by the brokers. "This could, in effect, require lenders to always secure their own appraisal of any property purchased through a broker," according to an outline of the "talking points" obtained by MortgageWire. The talking points also show that the AG wants mortgage lenders to curtail their use of in-house appraisers or subsidiary appraisal firms. The settlement talks stem from the New York AG's lawsuit against First American's appraisal unit, which allegedly provided inflated appraisals to one of Fannie's and Freddie's large customers. The New York AG's office could not be reached for comment by deadline time.

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