Fannie Mae Announces Numerous Selling Guide Updates

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On April 9, Fannie Mae issued Selling Guide Announcement SEL-2013-03, which updates numerous guide sections. According to the announcement, effective immediately, all lenders that wish to deliver eMortgages must obtain special approval evidenced by an addendum to their Mortgage Selling and Servicing Contract (MSCC), and not by a variance to their Master Agreement. Lenders that currently have variances by way of their Master Agreement will still be entitled to electronically deliver mortgages until the variance is converted to an MSCC addendum. The Selling Guide also has been updated to reflect previously announced policy changes regarding lender incentives for borrowers, private flood insurance policies, and the new selling representation and warranty framework. With regard to that new framework, the announcement includes a table summarizing the major updates. Fannie Mae also authorized changes to the last page of the note and security instrument to comply with the requirements of TILA and Regulation Z. Lenders are encouraged to implement the changes to the note and security instrument immediately and no later than January 10, 2014. Finally, the announcement includes numerous minor Guide changes and clarifications.