Selling Guide

Published October 2, 2018

C2-2-06: Authorization to Transfer Funds (01/30/2018)

This topic explains how a lender authorizes Fannie Mae to transfer funds for whole loan deliveries into its designated accounts, including:

Documentation Requirements

Fannie Mae will not transfer purchase proceeds for whole loan deliveries to a lender’s designated bank account until the lender has provided Fannie Mae with an executed Certificate of Authority, Incumbency, and Specimen Signatures (Form 360) that designates the person or persons authorized to establish, change, or delete wire transfer or Automated Clearing House instructions on the lender’s behalf.

Lender’s Agreement Related to the Execution of the Authorization to Transfer Funds

By executing Form 360, a lender agrees that

  • Fannie Mae is authorized to conclusively rely on the accuracy, genuineness, and good faith of any written communication related to transfer instructions that bears the signature of one of the individuals designated on Form 360; and

  • it will be fully responsible for any and all losses incurred by Fannie Mae that result from Fannie Mae’s reliance on any instruction given to Fannie Mae by the lender’s authorized representatives or any other person who has (or obtains) access to information or documents that compromise the security of any Fannie Mae electronic fund transfer systems or processes.

After Fannie Mae receives an executed Form 360 from a lender, Fannie Mae will rely on the information on that Certification until such time as the lender requests to modify or delete it.

Authorization for Repetitive Transfers

A repetitive transfer is one in which all aspects of the transfer, other than the date of the transfer and the amount of funds transferred, remain constant over time.

A lender that wants the purchase proceeds for the whole loan deliveries that it submits over any period of time to be wired to the same account(s) and depository institution(s) must have its authorized representative(s) submit a separate Seller’s Designation of Wire Transfer Instructions (Form 482) for each arrangement, specifying any desired transfer routing instructions, any intermediary depository institutions, and appropriate account numbers for these repetitive transfers.

Fannie Mae will assign a unique payee code to identify each of the lender’s instructions for repetitive transfers. The lender must then use this payee code to identify each whole loan delivery for which the purchase proceeds are to be wired to the designated payee.

Fannie Mae will rely on the ABA routing number and the account numbers that the lender’s representative specifies on the Form 482 when it creates a payee code to identify each individual payee arrangement. Fannie Mae will make no effort to verify the accuracy of the routing number or the account numbers.

Generally the only exception to this is that a lender may designate only one payee arrangement if it has executed a Triparty Wiring Instruction Agreement with its warehouse lender (see C2-2-08, Triparty Wiring Instructions). When a lender executes a Triparty Wiring Instruction Agreement, it specifies this information in the Agreement instead of submitting a Form 482.

Changes to or Deletion of the Authority to Transfer Funds

To add, delete, or change an authorized representative, the lender must submit a new Form 360 and corporate resolution.

Fannie Mae reserves the right to verify or authenticate any request for a change, but the lender cannot consider Fannie Mae’s failure to do so an act of negligence.

In emergency situations, Fannie Mae will delete the name of an authorized representative on the basis of a telephone call and a fax transmission from another authorized representative; however, a revised Form 360 and a new corporate resolution must then be submitted as confirmation of the change.

Fannie Mae will make every effort to act quickly on requests for emergency deletions of the names of authorized representatives. Fannie Mae cannot guarantee that it will be able to act quickly enough to prevent the execution of transfers that had previously been validated by the individuals being deleted.

Related Announcements

The table below provides references to the Announcements that have been issued that are related to this topic.

Announcement Issue Date
Announcement SEL-2018-01 January 30, 2018
Announcement SEL-2016–02 February 23, 2016
Announcement SEL-2013–07 September 24, 2013
Announcement SEL-2013–05 July 30, 2013