Fannie Mae Updates Hardest Hit Fund Requirements

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On July 1, Fannie Mae issued Servicing Guide Announcement SVC-2013-14 to notify servicers that they must accept modification assistance received from a state housing finance agency for a mortgage loan in connection with any Fannie Mae modification, without regard to whether principal forbearance is required. In doing so, servicers must also comply with certain delinquency management and default prevention requirements outlined in Announcement SVC-2011-18. Servicers are required to implement the policy changes no later than October 1, 2013, and are encouraged to do so immediately.