Fannie Mae Announcement SVC-2010-10 Miscellaneous Servicing Policy Changes

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Let’s take a look…

Announcement SVC-2010-10    August 2, 2010

Miscellaneous Servicing Policy Changes

Introduction

This Announcement describes updates, clarifications, and reminders to several servicing policies, including:

  • Retirement of HomeSaver Advance™
  • Technology Usage and Electronic Invoice Submission Charges to Attorneys and Trustees
  • Prohibition against Servicer-Specified Vendors for Fannie Mae Referrals
  • Prohibition on Outsourcing Fees, Referral Fees, Packaging Fees, and Similar Fees
  • Attorney or Trustee File Transfers
  • New Documentation Aging Requirements for Loss Mitigation Options
  • Mandatory Nature of Retained Attorney Network
  • Deeds-in-Lieu of Foreclosure
  • Clarification Regarding Foreclosure Actions in the Name of MERS®
  • Monitoring Pooled from Portfolio (PFP) Mortgage Loans
  • Servicer Responsibilities for Non-Escrow Mortgage Loans
  • Audit Confirmation Request Process Changes

How bout we start with

Technology Usage and Electronic Invoice Submission Charges to Attorneys and Trustees

Servicing Guide, Part VII, Section 501.03: Allowable Attorney Fees, and Part VIII,
Section 104.04: Attorney (or Trustee) Fees

Fannie Mae’s current policy indicates that the amount of any fee charged to any attorney or trustee for technology usage or electronic invoice submission must be reasonable in relation to the benefit received by the attorney.  Fannie Mae has been asked to define a “reasonable” fee in connection with technology usage.

Effective September 1, 2010, Fannie Mae is imposing a limit of $25.00 per loan for the life of a default (including all portions of the foreclosure and bankruptcy process) that any attorney or trustee handling a Fannie Mae mortgage loan may pay for technology charges.  This amount is not to be charged as a cost to the borrower and will not be reimbursed by Fannie Mae.

In addition, effective September 1, 2010, the maximum amount any attorney or trustee handling a Fannie Mae mortgage loan may pay for the submission of electronic invoices is limited to $10.00 for the life of the loan, regardless of the number of reinstatements, foreclosure referrals, bankruptcy filings or invoices submitted. The maximum fee is $5.00 for the submission of electronic invoices relating to a foreclosure (regardless of the number of invoices) and an additional $5.00 for the submission of electronic invoices if a bankruptcy is filed on the same loan (regardless of the number of invoices).  These fees are not to be charged as a cost to the borrower and will not be reimbursed by Fannie Mae.

Any amounts charged by third-party vendors for technology charges or electronic invoice submission in excess of these limitations are the responsibility of the servicer and will not be reimbursed by Fannie Mae.

That’s interesting…

Now let’s look at Prohibition against Servicer-Specified Vendors for Fannie Mae Referrals

Servicing Guide, Part VII, Section 501.03: Allowable Attorney Fees, and Part VIII,
Section 104.04: Attorney (or Trustee) Fees

Effective September 1, 2010, Fannie Mae is prohibiting servicers from directly or indirectly requiring or encouraging attorneys or trustees to use specified vendors in connection with Fannie Mae referrals, including, but not limited to, title companies, posting and publication vendors, and service of process vendors.  Attorneys and trustees must be allowed to select vendors of their choice based on their assessment of factors such as the cost efficiency, quality, reliability, and timeliness of the services provided by the vendor.

Fannie Mae is also reminding servicers that their arrangements with vendors and other service providers, particularly affiliates, must not be tainted with an actual or perceived conflict of interest.  Fannie Mae requires servicers, attorneys, and trustees to use the most cost-efficient and effective vendors to assist in processing Fannie Mae foreclosures and bankruptcy cases without regard to arrangements that could provide a financial benefit directly or indirectly to servicers.

If an attorney or trustee wishes to use a vendor that is either the servicer itself, an outsourcing company, or other third-party vendor utilized by the servicer to assist in servicing defaulted mortgage loans, or an affiliate of the servicer, outsourcing company, or third-party vendor, the attorney or trustee must obtain Fannie Mae’s prior written approval. Requests for approval must be directed to retained_attorney@fanniemae.com.

Now how about

Prohibition on Outsourcing Fees, Referral Fees, Packaging Fees, and Similar Fees

Servicing Guide, Part VII, Section 501.03: Allowable Attorney Fees, and Part VIII,
Section 104.04: Attorney (or Trustee) Fees

Servicers are reminded that Fannie Mae prohibits the servicer, its agents, and any outsourcing firm it employs from charging (either directly  or indirectly) any outsourcing fee, referral fee, packaging fee, or similar fee to any attorney or trustee in connection with any Fannie Mae mortgage loan.  This requirement is in place, in part, to deter actual and potential conflicts of interest that may arise and compromise the overall effectiveness of service provided to Fannie Mae.

To help ensure compliance with this requirement, Fannie Mae explicitly prohibits:

  • the servicer;
  • any outsourcing company or other third-party  vendor utilized by the servicer to assist in servicing defaulted mortgage loans (for example, referring loans to foreclosure or bankruptcy, monitoring attorney or trustee performance, or providing administrative support services); and
  • any affiliate of the servicer, outsourcing company, or third-party vendor from directly or indirectly charging any amounts to or receiving any payments or any benefits from attorneys or trustees or their affiliates in connection with any Fannie Mae mortgage loan or service provided directly or indirectly with respect to any Fannie Mae mortgage loan except as Fannie Mae may expressly permit.

Fannie Mae expressly permits:

  • servicers to refer Fannie Mae mortgage loans to affiliated foreclosure trustees (in Arizona,California, Washington, and in jurisdictions not covered by the retained attorney network where the use of trustees to conduct foreclosures is not prohibited by law) and those trustees to be paid the allowable fees and reimbursed expenses in accordance with Fannie Mae’s guidelines;
  • outsourcing companies or third-party vendors utilized by the servicer to assist in servicing defaulted mortgage loans to be paid fees by attorneys or trustees for actual and necessary technology usage and electronic invoice submission as described elsewhere in this Announcement; and .
  • the benefit that servicers may receive from attorneys and trustees having access to and utilizing data obtained from the servicer’s systems through “direct sourcing” arrangements.

Any other charges, payments, or benefits from attorneys or trustees or their affiliates in connection with Fannie Mae mortgage loans will require Fannie Mae’s prior written approval.

The servicer is responsible for ensuring compliance with these requirements. Further, if the servicer utilizes an outsourcing company or other third-party vendor to assist it in servicing defaulted loans, the servicer must diligently monitor and manage its outsourcing company or vendor to ensure all Fannie Mae servicing guidelines are fully met in a timely and cost-effective manner.

Then there is this

Deeds-in-Lieu of Foreclosure

Servicing Guide, Part VII, Section 606: Deeds-in-Lieu of Foreclosure

Current policy states that the servicer may not recommend a voluntary deed-in-lieu of foreclosure on a property until it has been listed for sale at market value for three months or more without a reasonable sales offer.

Effective immediately, Fannie Mae is no longer imposing a mandatory listing period before the servicer may recommend a deed-in-lieu as long as all other requirements set out in Part VII, Section 606 are met.

And we wouldn’t want to forget about MERS

Clarification Regarding Foreclosure Actions in the Name of Mortgage Electronic Registration System (MERS)

Announcement SVC-2010-05, Miscellaneous Servicing Policy Changes, provided that effective with foreclosures referred on or after May 1, 2010, MERS must not be named as a plaintiff in any foreclosure action, whether judicial or non-judicial, on a mortgage loan owned or securitized by Fannie Mae.  The Announcement further stated that the assignment from MERS to either the servicer or Fannie Mae must be recorded before the foreclosure begins. Fannie Mae is clarifying the requirement that the assignment from MERS to the servicer or Fannie Mae be recorded before the foreclosure begins in certain circumstances as set forth below.  This revised guidance replaces in its entirety that set forth in Announcement SVC-2010-05.

Effective May 1, 2010, MERS must not be named as a plaintiff or foreclosing party in any foreclosure action, whether judicial or non-judicial, on a mortgage loan owned or securitized by Fannie Mae.  When MERS is the mortgagee of record, the servicer must prepare an assignment from MERS to the servicer and bring the foreclosure in its own name unless Fannie Mae specifically allows the foreclosure to be brought in the name of Fannie Mae.  In that event, the assignment must be from MERS to Fannie Mae, in care of the servicer at the servicer’s address for receipt of notices.  The assignment must be prepared and executed before the foreclosure begins.

If the property is located in a jurisdiction that recognizes the effectiveness of executed, but unrecorded, assignments, the foreclosure may be initiated prior to recordation of the assignment. In these cases, the assignments should be recorded as soon as possible, in compliance with the laws of the jurisdiction where the property is located.  If the jurisdiction requires the assignment to the servicer or Fannie Mae be recorded before proceeding with the foreclosure in the servicer or Fannie Mae’s name, the assignment must be recorded before the foreclosure begins.

If an assignment from MERS to either the  servicer or Fannie Mae has been recorded from MERS to either the servicer or Fannie Mae and the borrower reinstates the mortgage loan prior to completion of the foreclosure proceedings, the servicer need not re-assign the mortgage to MERS and re-register the mortgage with MERS.  Re-assigning and re-registering the mortgage with MERS is not required by Fannie Mae and any such action will be at the discretion and expense of the servicer. If the assignment is executed but not recorded at the time the borrower reinstates the mortgage loan, and the servicer decides to re-register the mortgage with MERS, the servicer should prepare an assignment back to MERS.  If the servicer decides not to re-register the loan with MERS, the servicer must make sure the assignment from MERS to theservicer or Fannie Mae is recorded.

Fannie Mae will not reimburse the servicer for any expense incurred in preparing or recording an assignment of the mortgage loan from MERS to the servicer or to Fannie Mae.

The servicer should consult its foreclosure attorney to determine if any other legal requirements apply when conducting foreclosures of mortgage loans in which MERS is the prior mortgagee of record.

Pretty interesting stuff…

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Fannie Mae Announcement SVC-2010-10 Miscellaneous Servicing Policy Changes

Comments
4 Responses to “Fannie Mae Announcement SVC-2010-10 Miscellaneous Servicing Policy Changes”
  1. CCL says:

    I hope they continue to be less arrogant it was that arrogance that got them into the mess in the first place

  2. Bill McAuliffe says:

    Wonder if BofA, or any of its’ many susidiaries; such as RECONTRUST have been aware of this. Are subsidiraries considered as 3rd parties? I can’t get over the name “RECONTRUST” ~ Yup! wwe’re gonaa con your trust again. Personally they can all take a flying (or thrown) leap off a cliif into the deep morass known as Sheol.

  3. Tim says:

    can someone tell me what this means to main street? is this good for us or bad? I see that they allow assignments with mers still envolved? is that a new a victory for mers or is a mers assignment legal? I thought you cant assign or transfer what you dont have? please someone explain what all this means?

  4. Nye Lavalle says:

    LOL, Michael, do you think our work and exposure of Stern, Shapiro, LOGs, LPS, FDLG, Watson, and all the other crooks and cons had anything to do with it? LOL Or, did they know Mother Jones story was coming… Or, did they finally wake up to what I told them and they investigated almost a decade ago! Different Fannie Mae, less arrogant, with an Obama administration, I must say!

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