Selling Guide

Published June 3, 2020

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C3-2-02, Selecting a Servicing Option (04/01/2009)


This topic provides information about the two options lenders must choose from when deciding how they wish to service loans pooled into MBS. These options include:


Impact of Servicing Option Selection on Guaranty Fees

Guaranty fees are affected by the servicing option chosen by the lender. Generally, the guaranty fee for pooled loans serviced under the Regular Servicing option is typically lower than for pooled loans serviced under the Special Servicing option.


Regular Servicing Option

Under the Regular Servicing option (identified by foreclosure risk code L), the lender assumes the entire risk of loss from a borrower default while servicing the mortgage and, as a result, is charged a lower guaranty fee. The lender also agrees to provide for a successor to this agreement if it transfers its responsibilities for servicing the mortgage to another servicer.


Special Servicing Option

Under the Special Servicing option (identified by foreclosure risk code F), Fannie Mae assumes the risk of loss from a borrower default. Fannie Mae reimburses the lender for its share of the lender’s unrecovered advances for delinquencies and advances related to servicing the mortgages.

See the Servicing Guide for more information about both options.

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