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Fannie Mae to issue RFP for Title Acceptance pilot

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Federal Issues

On April 12, the FHFA announced plans to test a pilot program that would permit lenders to forego a lender’s title insurance policy or an attorney opinion letter for some refinance loans sold to Fannie Mae, aiming to lower closing costs for borrowers. Since the announcement, Fannie Mae has been working with the FHFA to develop a Title Acceptance pilot framework and has received interest from title, settlement service, and technology providers to join the pilot. In light of this, Fannie Mae declared its intention to release a Request for Proposal (RFP) by the end of the second quarter to identify and assess potential suppliers to participate in the pilot.