REMIC Rules Revisited: Got Compliant Property Releases?

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Greetings. What ever happened to those REMIC rules regarding property releases that we blogged and wrote about in 2009 and 2010? The REMIC rules were revised in September 2009 to add flexibility to facilitate certain types of servicing transactions. However, under the new rules, if a property release occurs, the loan had to be retested to determine whether it continued to be principally secured by real estate (e.g., secured by no more than 125% loan-to-real property value ratio).

Quite a price for a bit more flexibility! This caused enormous consternation as it was promulgated during a massive cyclical downturn in real estate values which resulted in many properties not being able to pass the new “principally secured” test if a release occurred. And many loans contemplated such a release. In a bold recognition of reality, something not entirely common in regulatory circles, the IRS issued Revenue Procedure 2010-30 establishing a safe harbor for certain “grandfathered transactions” and “qualified paydown” transactions. Under the Rev Proc, a loan would not lose its status as a REMIC “qualified mortgage” even if the “new” loan-to-real estate value ratio was in excess of 125% (i.e., if the loan was less than 80% secured by real property) so long as the loan was “grandfathered,” meaning that it was closed on or before December 6, 2010 (and not amended after that date).

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