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Press Release

Fannie Mae Sets New Short Sale Timelines

April 25, 2012

New Guidelines Will Expedite Process, Improve Foreclosure Prevention Options

Andrew Wilson


WASHINGTON, DC – Fannie Mae (FNMA/OTC) announced today that it is directing servicers to expedite short sale transactions and improve transparency on short sale reviews.  The new guidelines are part of the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s Servicing Alignment Initiative to better match the servicing and loss mitigation standards of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

“Short sales are an important tool to help prevent foreclosures and minimize losses,” said Leslie Peeler, senior vice president, National Servicing Organization, Fannie Mae.  “Short sales can be very complex transactions involving multiple parties.  By requiring quicker reviews and improving servicer reporting requirements, Fannie Mae will make the process more efficient and transparent.  Expediting short sales and avoiding foreclosure is in the best interests of borrowers, communities and taxpayers.”

Under the new guidelines, servicers will be required to acknowledge receipt of a short sale offer within three business days and notify the borrower within five business days if the information is incomplete.  Within thirty days, the servicer must send an evaluation notice or notify the borrower that the offer is still under review. If the offer cannot be fully evaluated within 30 days, the servicer must update the borrower on the status each week thereafter.  Servicers will also be required to keep Fannie Mae apprised if a short sale evaluation takes longer than 30 days.

Fannie Mae has taken a number of steps to make the short sale process more efficient, including implementing a Short Sale Assistance Desk to help real estate professionals in targeted markets work out challenges in individual short sales.  Fannie Mae completed 70,025 short sales in 2011 and 69,634 in 2010.

The Servicing Guide Announcement that was distributed today can be found here.

Fannie Mae exists to expand affordable housing and bring global capital to local communities in order to serve the U.S. housing market. Fannie Mae has a federal charter and operates in America's secondary mortgage market to enhance the liquidity of the mortgage market by providing funds to mortgage bankers and other lenders so that they may lend to home buyers. Our job is to help those who house America.

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