Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Directed to Purchase Only QM Loans

Posted on May 13th, 2013 in Federal Issues, Mortgages By BuckleySandler

On May 6, the FHFA announced that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac must limit their future mortgage acquisitions to loans that meet the requirements for qualified mortgages under the CFPB’s January 2013 ability-to-repay/qualified mortgage rule (ATR/QM rule), including special or temporary qualified mortgage requirements, and loans that are exempt from the “ability-to-repay” requirements. After the ATR/QM rule takes effect on January 10, 2014, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will no longer purchase a loan subject to the ability-to-repay requirements if the loan (i) is not fully amortizing, (ii) has a term of longer than 30 years, or (iii) includes points and fees in excess of 3% of the total loan amount, or such other limits for low balance loans as set forth in the rule. The announcement, together with announcements made by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, confirms that the enterprises will continue to purchase loans that meet the underwriting and delivery eligibility requirements stated in their respective selling guides, including those that are processed through their automated underwriting systems.

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