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FHFA’s Expanded Eligibility for COVID ‘Rep and Warrant’ Relief

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has announced it will revise the treatment of active single-family mortgages backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the enterprises) for which borrowers elected a COVID-19 forbearance under the enterprises’ representations and warranties (rep and warrant) framework.

Under the updated rep and warrant policies, loans for which borrowers elected a COVID-19 forbearance will be treated similarly to loans for which borrowers obtained forbearance due to a natural disaster. As a result, loans with a COVID-19 forbearance will remain eligible for certain rep and warrant relief based on the borrower’s payment history over the first 36 months following origination.

The enterprises’ existing rep and warrant policies with respect to natural disasters allow the time the borrower is in forbearance to be included when demonstrating a satisfactory payment history in the first 36 months following origination. These policies will now extend to loans for which borrowers elected a COVID-19 forbearance.

These updates will be implemented beginning October 31, 2023.

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Additionally, other League-member compliance resources include:

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  • Record Retention Guide
  • GRC Technology Solutions

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