FHFA, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac Implement New Representation and Warranty Framework

Posted on September 17th, 2012 in Federal Issues, Mortgages By BuckleySandler

On September 11, the FHFA announced that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the GSEs) are implementing a new representation and warranty framework for all conventional loans sold or delivered to the GSEs on or after January 1, 2013. As detailed in subsequent announcements from the GSEs, including Fannie Mae Selling Guide Announcement SEL-2012-08, Fannie Mae Lender Letter LL-2012-05, Freddie Mac Bulletin 2012-18, and a Freddie Mac Industry Letter, the new framework is designed to improve the GSE loan review process and to clarify lenders’ repurchase exposure. With regard to loan review, under the new framework, (i) GSE reviews will generally be conducted between 30 and 120 days after loan purchase, (ii) the GSEs will have consistent timelines for submission of loan file review requests, (iii) loan file evaluation will be more comprehensive and will leverage data from tools currently used by the GSEs, and (iv) the repurchase request appeals process will be made more transparent. For lenders, the new framework will provide relief from certain repurchase obligations for loans that meet specific payment requirements, including for loans with 36 consecutive months of timely payments and HARP loans with a twelve-month acceptable payment history. Lenders will receive additional detailed information about exclusions from this new representation and warranty relief.

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