For B2G connections, changes can be submitted beginning February 25, 2019, but will not be required until April 1, 2019.
Also effective for case numbers assigned on or after February 25, 2019, the Case Transfer screen in FHA Connection will be modified to enable mortgagees to electronically transfer appraisals at the time of case transfer process.
If closed, this number will follow the loan for the entire life of the loan.
In order to track these loans, every FHA loan is assigned a unique, 10-digit number called an FHA case number or ID.
Those rules can be found in HUD 4000.1, which is the FHA loan handbook.
For FHA Streamline refi loans, which are for existing FHA mortgages only and not for any non-FHA loans, the appraisal requirement is essentially down to whether or not the new loan amount has increased the borrower’s monthly payments and by how much.
FHA loan rules permit the lender to require appraisals even when the FHA does not.
The only caveat in such cases is that any lender requirements applicable above and beyond FHA loan rules must be made in accordance with federal law.
The case number is requested by an FHA lender through a system called the FHA Connection.
FHA Connection creates and stores a record for every single FHA loan.