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B8-6-01, Authorized Use of Intervening and Blanket Assignments (05/04/2022)

This topic contains information on the authorized use of intervening and blanket assignments, including:

Intervening Assignments

If the originating lender is not servicing the loan at the time of the sale to Fannie Mae, then unless the loan has been registered with MERS or the loan is secured by a property in Puerto Rico, the seller of the loan must cause to be recorded one or more intervening assignments of mortgage to ensure there are effective mortgage assignment(s) from the originating lender to the servicer.  Copies of all such assignments must be retained in the loan file.

Blanket Assignments

Lenders may use blanket assignments for any intervening assignments that take place before the mortgage is sold to Fannie Mae, as long as this type of assignment is acceptable to the applicable recording jurisdiction (blanket assignments are assignments that cover more than one mortgage). Each blanket assignment must relate to a single recording jurisdiction.

The lender may be required to indemnify Fannie Mae (as described in  A2-1-03, Indemnification for LossesA2-1-03, Indemnification for Losses), for any losses incurred by Fannie Mae due to the lender’s failure to obtain, record (if applicable), and retain the necessary intervening assignments. Alternatively, Fannie Mae may require the lender to repurchase the mortgage or the security property.

Special Provision for Puerto Rico

Assignments of mortgages generally are not recordable in Puerto Rico. Therefore, no intervening assignments need to be prepared, recorded, or retained in the individual mortgage loan file.

Recent Related Announcements

The table below provides references to recently issued Announcements that are related to this topic.

Announcements Issue Date
Announcement SEL-2022-04 May 04, 2022
Announcement SEL-2019-09 December 04, 2019