A third-party origination is any loan that is completely or partially originated, processed, underwritten, packaged, funded, or closed by an entity other than the seller (or its parent, affiliate or subsidiary) that sells the loan to Fannie Mae. This includes mortgage brokers or correspondents, which are known as third-party originators. If a seller enters into a contract with a third party known for the quality of its underwriting (such as a mortgage insurer) to help the seller in underwriting its mortgage originations, the loans will not be considered third-party originations. Refer to Chapter E-3, Glossary for the definition of correspondent and broker (retail is also an origination type but is not considered a third-party origination).
Sellers remain fully responsible to Fannie Mae for functions that are outsourced to third parties.
Certain Special Feature Codes (see Special Feature Codes) are required at delivery for third-party originations.
A seller must have effective written policies and procedures for the approval and management of third-party originations and must satisfy itself that the third-party originator is capable of producing quality loans.
Effective management procedures for third-party originations include the items in the table below.
|Management Procedures for Third-Party Originations|
|A system for evaluating and approving third-party
originators to ensure that they produce quality loans. The seller’s
procedures must include a review of the following:
|A method for verifying, and periodically reverifying, a third-party originator’s compliance with applicable laws, licensing, and qualifications for originating loans.|
|A method for confirming that a third-party originator meets its contract with the seller and the seller’s Lender Contract with Fannie Mae.|
|A requirement that a third-party originator have a written QC plan and a method to validate the existence of that plan.|
|A process for resolving QC discrepancies and tracking corrective actions.|
|A requirement for submitting periodic reports on activity and performance issues to the seller’s senior management.|
|Standards for evaluating a third-party originator’s performance.|
|Provisions for suspending or terminating the third-party originator’s relationship.|
|Annual review of the third-party originator’s financial statements to determine that it is financially viable and capable of meeting its obligations.|
|Quarterly review of the performance of loans originated by the third-party originator.|
The table below provides references to the Announcements that have been issued that are related to this topic.