WASHINGTON, Dec. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Fannie Mae (OTC Bulletin Board: FNMA) announced today that it has implemented technology updates to give lenders freedom from representations and warranties on property value for many loans. With a qualifying risk score from Collateral Underwriter®, Fannie Mae's appraisal risk assessment application, and a recommendation of Approve/Eligible from Desktop Underwriter® (DU®), the company's industry leading mortgage underwriting system, appraised value can be accepted up front to give lenders freedom from representations and warranties. Also leveraging the power of Collateral Underwriter, DU will now issue property inspection waivers (PIWs) - an offer to waive the appraisal if other requirements are met. With an exercised PIW offer, lenders receive representation and warranty relief on property value, condition, and marketability. Freedom from representations and warranties for appraised property value is part of Fannie Mae's groundbreaking Day 1 Certainty™ initiative, which enables more efficient risk management and brings greater speed and simplicity to lenders and borrowers. Greater certainty and efficiency in the appraisal process will mean potential time and cost savings in loan originations. "With the power of Collateral Underwriter, relief from representations and warranties for appraised property value on many loans now makes the process more efficient for everyone by reducing the need for follow-up with appraisers," said Carlos Perez, senior vice president and chief credit officer for single-family at Fannie Mae. "And with the enhanced property inspection waiver, many refinance transactions will not require a new appraisal, potentially shortening the origination process and giving borrowers a significant cost savings." Collateral Underwriter is Fannie Mae's industry-leading collateral risk assessment tool, provided free of charge to lenders. It leverages powerful analytics and a database of more than 20 million appraisals to help lenders proactively manage appraisal quality and originate mortgages with increased certainty, efficiency, and lower costs.