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RISMEDIA, August 4, 2008-As part of its ongoing efforts to support borrowers facing foreclosure and promote responsible servicing practices, Fannie Mae announced that it will increase the cash incentives paid to servicers that pursue alternatives to foreclosure.

“We are working closely with our loan servicing partners to make the process of helping borrowers keep their homes as streamlined as possible and we continue to enhance delegation to ensure decisions can be made quickly. These loss mitigation incentives encourage our servicers to implement workout solutions and drive better processing and response time,” said Jason Allnutt, vice president for credit loss management at Fannie Mae.

According to Fannie Mae, they will increase loss mitigation incentives paid to servicers for foreclosure prevention options available to help a delinquent borrower prevent foreclosure. The company continues to pursue a variety of options to work with a delinquent borrower including repayment plans, HomeSaver AdvanceTM, loan modifications, pre-foreclosure sales, and deeds-in-lieu of foreclosure.

Incentive payments for repayment plans (where a borrower makes up the past-due payments over time) will be doubled to $400. Fannie Mae will begin an incentive payment of $700 for a loan modification where the terms of the loan are renegotiated. As an additional effort to help cash-strapped borrowers, Fannie Mae will prohibit servicers from assessing a modification fee to borrowers.

The recently announced HomeSaver Advance offers servicers a solution for borrowers experiencing a temporary financial hardship. HomeSaver Advance provides an advance to cover past-due mortgage payments in exchange for a separate, unsecured loan. The HomeSaver Advance incentive structure will be modified to pay servicers based on the performance of the mortgage loan, with an initial incentive of $200 and an additional $500 to be paid after the borrower makes three consecutive timely scheduled payments.

Incentive payments for short sales (pre-foreclosure sales) will range from $1,000 to $1,500 and payments for deeds-in-lieu of foreclosure will increase to $1,000.

Fannie Mae is working with lenders, loan servicing companies, and policy makers to respond to the housing and mortgage market crisis with a goal to minimize the impact on families and communities by helping to prevent foreclosures, supporting counseling efforts and providing greater market stability.

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