On August 21, Fannie Mae issued Selling Guide Announcement SEL-2012-07, which updates numerous Selling Guide topics, including changes to loan eligibility requirements. As of October 20, 2012, for adjustable rate mortgages, the maximum LTV ratios will be reduced and the minimum score requirement for manually underwritten loans will increase. Fannie Mae is also changing LTV ratios and minimum credit score requirements in certain areas to simplify the requirements and align product and property types. Also effective on October 20, 2012, Fannie Mae will (i) retire the Comprehensive Risk Assessment Worksheet for Manual Underwriting, (ii) update the eligibility criteria matrix for manually underwritten loans, (iii) implement several changes to the DU Version 9.0, and (iv) retire the FannieNeighbors product.
On August 22, Fannie Mae issued Servicing Guide Announcement SVC-2012-18, which announces several policy changes related to delinquency management and default prevention. To further short sale directives, and to support other policy changes, the Announcement updates Fannie Mae’s Uniform Borrower Assistance Form. The announcement also implements the extended stay of foreclosure protections enacted recently as part of the Honoring America’s Veterans and Care for Camp Lejeune Families Act and the extension of the federal Making Home Affordable Programs. Concurrently, Fannie Mae issued Announcement SVC-2012-17, which requires servicers to cancel hazard insurance coverage within fourteen days after a property has been inspected and is confirmed vacant by a broker, agent, or property management company designated by Fannie Mae. This change takes effect on October 1, 2012.