Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Provide Additional Guidance on Quality Control Practices

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On October 19, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the GSEs) issued supplemental guidance regarding the new representation and warranty framework for mortgages sold or delivered to the GSEs on or after January 1, 2013. The GSEs originally announced the new framework on September 11, 2012.  Fannie Mae Selling Guide Lender Letter LL-2012-07, Freddie Mac Bulletin 2012-22, and a related Freddie Mac Industry Letter identify new elements of and effective dates for:  (i) quality control principles; (ii) quality control sample process; (iii) quality control review process; (iv) enforcement practices; and (v) ongoing communications with sellers and servicers. Additionally, the GSEs provided clarification regarding life of loan representations and warranties related to misstatements, misrepresentations, omissions, and data inaccuracies. Finally, Freddie Mac also revoked the automatic repurchase trigger it initially announced under the new framework.