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Published June 3, 2020

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B7-1-03, Lender-Purchased Mortgage Insurance (05/27/2010)


This topic contains information on lender-purchased mortgage insurance, including:


Fannie Mae accepts lender-purchased mortgage insurance coverage for all loan types except adjustable-rate mortgages that permit negative amortization, or those that can be converted to fixed-rate mortgages.

Fannie Mae will consider accepting lender-purchased mortgage insurance for convertible adjustable-rate mortgages that are in MBS pools if the lender uses the “market rate” post-conversion disposition option and assumes all interest rate risk.

Lender Requirements

When providing lender-purchased mortgage insurance, the lender must:

  • make any and all disclosures to the borrower that are either required by law, including the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998, or are otherwise appropriate for lender-purchased mortgage insurance coverage;

  • pay for the mortgage insurance coverage as a corporate obligation with an initial premium and renewal premiums for each subsequent period of coverage, which may be a month or a year. Lump-sum premium plans that provide coverage for the life-of-the-mortgage loan also are acceptable;

  • increase the servicing compensation it would otherwise be required to retain for the mortgage loan (whether the mortgage loan is submitted as a whole loan or MBS pool delivery) by at least the amount of the mortgage insurance renewal premium. (This is not required for lump-sum premium plans that provide life-of-the-mortgage coverage.);

  • keep the mortgage insurance coverage in effect until the mortgage is paid in full;

  • deliver the loan with SFC 019; and

  • when servicing is transferred, the lender must provide the new servicer with a list of all mortgage loans with this type of insurance that are included in the portfolio that is being transferred (identifying the applicable premium rates), explaining the premium payment obligations and procedures applicable to these mortgage loans, and transferring the accruals on deposit for the payment of future renewal premiums to the new servicer (or making an appropriate adjustment to the servicing transfer settlement).

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