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Guide Bulletin 2017-28: New Opportunities Related to Representation and Warranty Framework, Income Used for Qualifying, Land Trust Mortgages and Other Updates

December 14, 2017

With Single-Family Seller/Servicer Guide (Guide) Bulletin 2017-28, we’re announcing requirement changes that offer new flexibilities and opportunities for you and your borrowers. The updates include the following: 

  • Mortgages subject to a disaster-related forbearance plan during the applicable payment history period under the selling representation and warranty framework may qualify for relief from Freddie Mac’s enforcement of certain selling representations and warranties.
  • We’re expanding our requirements for qualifying borrowers with income that will start after the note date.
  • Land Trust Mortgages are now eligible for sale under the Guide, eliminating the need for a negotiated term of business.
  • We’re updating the Guide to reflect the increase in loan limits in 2018.

The Bulletin also includes other Guide updates and reminders related to:

  • Credit fee in price for Home Possible® Mortgages that are 5/5 ARMs
  • Texas Equity Mortgages and eligibility for sale, including the use of revised forms and a no-purchase period for these mortgages from January 1-12, 2018
  • Phase 3 requirements of the Uniform Loan Delivery Dataset

Review Guide Bulletin 2017-28 for details on these updates.

For More Information

  • Guide Bulletin 2017-28
  • FAQs on Land Trust Mortgages
  • 2018 loan limits article
  • Contact your Freddie Mac representative