Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Fannie Mae Issues New Servicing Standards for Delinquent Mortgages

During the first 120 days of delinquency, homeowners will be contacted both verbally and in writing to complete a mortgage modification or other solution to remain in the home, or enter into an arrangement to exit the home without a foreclosure. Fannie Mae says contacting homeowners early in the default process is one of the most important factors in reaching a resolution that avoids foreclosure.


For loans that do not qualify for a loss mitigation option, Fannie Mae has updated the maximum number of allowable days for completing foreclosure in each jurisdiction. The new timelines are effective for all loans referred to a foreclosure attorney as of January 1, 2011.

Compensatory fees will be assessed for failing to meet the specified timeframe, and will be based on the unpaid principal balance of the mortgage loan, the applicable pass-through rate, the length of the delay, and any additional costs that are directly attributable to the delay.

The jurisdiction-specific foreclosure timelines have not yet been published but will be made available on the GSE’s business site on June 10th.