Freddie Mac And Fannie Mae Provide Additional Guidance Regarding CFPB ATR/QM Rule

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On October 1, Freddie Mac issued an industry letter and Fannie Mae issued Lender Letter LL-2013-07 to provide additional information regarding Freddie Mac’s and Fannie Mae’s new purchase eligibility requirements based on the CFPB’s final ability-to-repay/qualified mortgage (ATR/QM) rule. The letters inform sellers that, during an initial transitional period, the enterprises will not make any changes to their quality control processes and will not, except under certain circumstances, issue any repurchase requests related to the new points and fees eligibility requirements. The letters remind sellers that they must comply with all applicable laws regarding points and fees, including state laws and regulations that may be more restrictive than the CFPB ATR/QM rule, and withdraws prior guidance regarding excessive points and fees. Finally, the letters advise sellers that while Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae are not at this time requiring any additional documentation, sellers should retain all materials that might be necessary to demonstrate compliance with the new eligibility requirements.