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Fannie Mae updates Lender Letter 2020-02 to address impact of Covid-19 on disbursing insurance loss proceeds and HAMP incentives.

Federal Issues Covid-19 Fannie Mae Insurance HAMP Mortgages Forbearance

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On July 15, Fannie Mae updated Lender Letter 2020-02 to include information on servicer requirements related to disbursing insurance loss proceeds for borrowers impacted by Covid-19 as well as Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) “Pay for Performance” incentives. For purposes of disbursing insurance loss proceeds, the servicer must consider a loan to be current or less than 31 days delinquent if the borrower has experienced a Covid-19 related hardship and certain criteria are met. Separately, the guidance clarifies the impact of Covid-19 on HAMP “Pay for Performance” incentives. Specifically, the mortgage loan does not lose good standing and the borrower will not lose any “pay for performance” incentives if the borrower (i) immediately reinstates the mortgage loan upon expiration of the Covid-19 related forbearance plan or (ii) transitions directly from a Covid-19 related forbearance plan to a repayment plan.

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