Fannie Mae has made policy changes designed to encourage borrowers to work with their servicers and pursue alternatives to foreclosure.  Defaulting borrowers who walk-away and had the capacity to pay or did not complete a workout alternative in good faith will be ineligible for a new Fannie Mae-backed mortgage loan for a period of seven years from the date of foreclosure.  Borrowers who have extenuating circumstances may be eligible for a new loan in a shorter timeframe than the “strategic defaulters”.

Fannie Mae is taking steps to educate borrowers by highlighting the importance of working with servicers.  “Walking away from a mortgage is bad for borrowers and bad for communities, and our approach is meant to deter the disturbing trend toward strategic defaulting,” said Terence Edwards, executive vice president for credit portfolio management. “On the flip side, borrowers facing hardship who make a good faith effort to resolve their situation with their servicer will preserve the option to be considered for a future Fannie Mae loan in the shorter period of time,” noted Edwards.

Additionally, Fannie Mae will take legal action to recoup the outstanding mortgage debt from borrowers who strategically default on their loans in jurisdictions that allow for deficiency judgments.  Beginning July, Fannie Mae will be instructing its servicers to monitor delinquent loans facing foreclosure and put forth recommendations for cases that warrant the deficiency judgments.

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