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Ginnie Mae Increases Program Flexibility for Issuers and Warehouse Lenders

Oct 11, 2011

Ginnie Mae has announced that it is providing its issuers with greater flexibility to pledge mortgage servicing rights for financing. Ginnie Mae’s announced enhancements provide program flexibility by clarifying and limiting the circumstances under which Ginnie Mae can refuse a transfer of servicing to the issuer’s creditor. These “Acknowledgement Agreement” changes will make it simpler for Ginnie Mae to honor servicing pledges and permit the transfer of related servicing rights. In the Ginnie Mae program, the "Acknowledgement Agreement" lays out the legal rights and responsibilities of Ginnie Mae, its issuer and the issuer’s creditor when a Ginnie Mae servicing portfolio serves as collateral for a loan. “As part of our ongoing effort to meet the needs of Issuers and their creditors, and ultimately provide increased liquidity for consumer lending, Ginnie Mae has taken steps to make our program more flexible,” said Ginnie Mae President Ted Tozer. “The updated agreement offers additional flexibility to warehouse lenders, while still protecting Ginnie Mae’s interests as the guarantor of the securities.” Additionally in the new agreement, Ginnie Mae no longer requires creditors to name a stand-by issuer when an Acknowledgment Agreement is executed; instead, when a portfolio needs to be transferred, the creditor is given the opportunity to identify an approved Ginnie Mae Issuer to assume the portfolio. In exchange for limiting its ability to refuse a transfer of servicing, Ginnie Mae requires the creditor to accept the portfolio. The changes to the Acknowledgement Agreement are aimed at addressing concerns of Issuers that it can be difficult to pledge Ginnie Mae servicing as there has not been certainty regarding whether Ginnie Mae will agree to transfer the collateral to the creditor. “This new agreement balances the interests of Ginnie Mae, its Issuers and their creditors and takes us one step closer to our goal of ensuring the Ginnie Mae program has a large, diverse Issuer base that makes it possible for borrowers in government programs to obtain the best interest rates,” Tozer said. Recently, Ginnie Mae issued guidance to clarify the rights of creditors when Issuers pledge mortgage loans prior to securitization, allowing warehouse lending arrangements to proceed more smoothly. The updated Acknowledgement Agreement offers additional flexibility to creditors that are not Ginnie Mae Issuers and eliminates obstacles that prevent smooth servicing transfers.
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Oct 11, 2011
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