in the Second Federal Reserve District:
The Federal Reserve Board announced its approval of an order waiving its appraisal requirements for three years for regulated financial institutions affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. This action was coordinated with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Office of Thrift Supervision, and National Credit Union Administration, collectively referred to as "the agencies."
The waiver covers transactions involving real estate located in certain Alabama, Mississippi, and Texas counties and Louisiana parishes that have been designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as qualifying for "Individual and Public Assistance (all categories)" and "Individual and Public Assistance (Categories A and B)" as a result of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. A listing of the designated disaster areas is in the appendix of the attached Federal Register notice. Exceptions for the major disaster declared due to Hurricane Katrina will expire on August 29, 2008, in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana, and for Hurricane Rita on September 24, 2008, in Louisiana and Texas.
To qualify for the waiver, a financial institution needs to document that: (1) the transaction involves real property located in the designated disaster areas; (2) the property involved was directly affected by the major disaster or the transaction would facilitate recovery from the disaster(s); (3) there is a binding commitment to fund the transaction that is made within three years after the date the major disaster was declared; and (4) the value of the real property supports the institution’s decision to enter into the transaction.
This waiver is being issued pursuant to the authority granted to the agencies under the Depository Institutions Disaster Relief Act (DIDRA) of 1992.
Further details are available from the Board’s press release and notice.
Caroline T. Frawley
William L. Rutledge
Executive Vice President