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New White House Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) initiative

August 26, 2014

Today the White House announced a new Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) initiative. This initiative was created so service members can maximize all of the protections under SCRA, including the six percent interest rate cap. To facilitate SCRA relief, Servicers are now able to accept alternative documentation to verify an eligible service member’s military status.

We encourage you to participate in this initiative. Freddie Mac recognizes the commitment and increasing sacrifice our military service members and their families make every day.

Participating Servicers are asked to:

  • Search the online Defense Manpower Database Center (DMDC) on a quarterly basis to find service members in their portfolio that have Note Rates greater than six percent.
  • Offer interest rate relief for eligible, active service members.
  • Use the DMDC to confirm a borrower’s military status instead of requiring the service member to provide a copy of their orders.
    • Special Note: While this part of the announcement currently conflicts with our Single-Family Seller/Servicer Guide (Guide), you can begin practicing this today. We’re applying these changes to our mortgage policies with an effective date of today, August 26. Those changes will be announced in our September Guide Bulletin.

More information

  • Read the White House announcement.
  • Visit our Military Relief Options for Service Members Web page.
  • Refer to Guide Sections 82.2, Relief Options Exclusive to Servicemembers and their Dependents, and 82.4, Applying SCRA Provisions.
  • Contact your Freddie Mac representative.
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