Fannie Mae Amends Bifurcated Mortgage Loan Obligations, Announces Miscellaneous Servicing Guide Updates


On June 12, Fannie Mae issued two Servicing Guide Announcements relating to bifurcated mortgages, mortgage payments, valuations, and processing IRS forms. Announcement SVC 2013-12 clarifies and adds numerous obligations for servicers and responsible parties in connection with bifurcated mortgage loans – loans or properties for which the current servicer is not the responsible party for the selling representations and warranties and/or for the prior servicing responsibilities or liabilities. The announcement addresses, among other topics, (i) issuance of repurchase requests and statements, requests for a make whole payment, or requests for indemnification, (ii) remittance of bifurcated repurchase price and appeal process, (iii) hiring of a servicer and a servicer’s failure to comply, (iv) mortgage loan files, record retention, and release of records, and (v) disputes between responsible parties and servicers. All of the policy changes in 2013-12 take effect on September 1, 2013. Announcement SVC 2013-11 describes policy changes regarding (i) processing and applying mortgage loan payments, (ii) obtaining a property valuation for Fannie Mae conventional mortgage loan modifications, and (iii) processing IRS Form 4506-T and Form 4506T-EZ. While servicers are encouraged to implement the changes noted in 2013-11 immediately, servicers are not required to do so until October 1, 2013.