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Fannie Mae announces updates to multifamily small mortgage loan, hybrid ARM loan, and property inspection protocol

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Federal Issues

On February 1, Fannie Mae issued Lender Memo 19-02 to provide updated guidance for multifamily lenders. The following adjustments have been made to the Multifamily Selling and Servicing Guide and are effective February 4:

  • The maximum small mortgage loan amount eligible for underwriting is increased to $6 million and will apply to all markets.
  • The maximum Hybrid ARM Loan amount has also been increased to $6 million.
  • Property Inspection Protocols and Financial Analysis of Property Operations associated with small mortgage loans have been updated to align asset management requirements with the increases described above. Fannie Mae noted that quarterly financial reporting will not be required—nor will a waiver be needed—for a mortgage loan secured by a cooperative property or a small mortgage loan provided it is not on Fannie Mae’s watchlist or does not have a rating of 4 or 5 on its most recent property inspection.
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