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Introducing Fannie Mae COVID-19 Payment Deferral

Introducing Fannie Mae COVID-19 Payment Deferral

Four facts about the new repayment option

Millions of Americans are contacting their mortgage servicers to set up a mortgage forbearance plan as a result of the health and economic impacts of the coronavirus. However, they are starting to realize it’s increasingly important to have a clear way to repay the amount they owe once the forbearance period ends. Meanwhile, some homeowners are not on a mortgage forbearance plan, but still face a financial hardship related to COVID-19.

Fannie Mae not only offers repayment options but also provides a new option to help. In May 2020, we announced the COVID-19 payment deferral, which became available July 1, 2020. Here are four key facts to know about this repayment option.

COVID-19 payment deferral allows homeowners to repay at a later date.

Homeowners who are eligible either entered a mortgage forbearance plan or did not enter a forbearance plan but missed payments as a result of their financial hardship related to COVID-19. Their hardship is now resolved, and they are able to resume their contractual monthly payments. The new repayment option lets eligible homeowners defer unpaid mortgage payments. Their deferred payments become a noninterest-bearing balance due at the maturity date or earlier upon the sale or transfer of the property, refinance of the mortgage loan, or payoff of the mortgage loan.

COVID-19 payment deferral is the newest home retention repayment option for homeowners

The COVID-19 payment deferral is a good repayment option for many homeowners because it’s easy to explain, immediately resolves the arrearage, and it gives the homeowner time to regain their financial footing.

COVID-19 payment deferral is easy to execute for mortgage servicers

Execution of the COVID-19 payment deferral is seamless for a number of reasons: It has no trial period, both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac follow its implementation requirements, and the Servicing Management Default Underwriter™ (SMDU™) enables automation.

Read answers to the top COVID-19 payment deferral escrow account inquiries we’ve received.

If homeowners don’t meet the eligibility requirements for COVID-19 payment deferral, they still have other repayment options

Every homeowner’s financial situation is different. The COVID-19 payment deferral will not work for everyone, particularly borrowers who have not resolved their hardship or are not able to resume their contractual monthly payments.

Homeowners who are not eligible for a COVID-19 payment deferral still have three options to help them get back on track: mortgage reinstatement, a repayment plan, or loan modification.

Read about other options.