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Thursday, March 25, 2010

New HAMP foreclosure regulations released, requiring modification consideration for borrowers in active bankruptcy




New HAMP foreclosure regulations released, requiring modification consideration for borrowers in active bankruptcy



Supplemental Directive 10-02 March 24, 2010
Home Affordable Modification Program – Borrower Outreach and
Communication
Background
In Supplemental Directive 09-01, the Treasury Department (Treasury) announced the eligibility, underwriting and servicing requirements for the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP). Under HAMP, servicers apply a uniform loan modification process to provide eligible borrowers with sustainable monthly payments for their first lien mortgage loans. This Supplemental Directive represents an ongoing effort to improve program effectiveness by amending policies and procedures related to borrower outreach and communication, especially with respect to the initiation and continuation of foreclosure actions and extending HAMP benefits to borrowers who have filed for bankruptcy court protection. These changes become effective on June 1, 2010. The changes set forth herein do not abridge a servicer’s ability to service delinquent loans in accordance with industry standards.
The significant changes described in this Supplemental Directive include:
 Clarification of the requirement to solicit proactively all borrowers whose first mortgage loans are potentially eligible for HAMP and who have two or more payments due and unpaid. Reasonable solicitation efforts are defined.
 Prohibition against referral to foreclosure until either: (i) a borrower has been evaluated and determined to be ineligible for HAMP; or (ii) reasonable solicitation efforts have failed.
 A requirement that a servicer, in certain specific circumstances, allow a 30-day borrower response period following issuance of a Non-Approval Notice before a foreclosure sale may be conducted.
 A requirement that a servicer provide a written certification to the foreclosure attorney or trustee stating that a borrower is not HAMP-eligible before a foreclosure sale may be conducted.
 A requirement that servicers must consider borrowers in active bankruptcy for HAMP if a request is received from the borrower, borrower’s counsel or bankruptcy trustee.
 Clarification of the requirement that servicers use reasonable efforts to obtain approval from investors to participate in HAMP.

This Supplemental Directive provides guidance to servicers of first lien mortgage loans that are not owned or guaranteed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac (Non-GSE Mortgages). Servicers of first lien mortgage loans that are owned or guaranteed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac should refer to the related HAMP guidelines issued by the applicable GSE.

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