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Volume 7 - Number 11

May 23, 2014

Ginnie Mae Clarifies General Loan Buyout Policy

Ginnie Mae has issued a clarification as to when issuers can buy certain loans out of the pool and redefined certain familiar terms used by government agencies in insuring or guaranteeing mortgage loans. The agency’s mortgage-backed securities guide allows issuers to purchase loans out of pools when the borrower has missed three consecutive monthly mortgage payments or is 90 days past due. However, the guide is unclear whether the issuer must wait at least three months before buying a loan out of the pool if the borrower is making at least a partial payment while the loan is in default. Ginnie Mae made clear in a May 16 memo that issuers may purchase a loan from an MBS pool even though it is seriously delinquent. For example, if the last installment payment on a mortgage loan was Dec. 1 and the borrower missed payments in ...

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