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Fannie Mae to Speed Up Foreclosure/REO Inventory Sales

Posted by Benjamin Dona on Monday, January 11th, 2010 at 9:17pm.

Fannie Mae Foreclosure SalesAccording to a memo sent out to all its lenders and mortage servicers, Fannie Mae is going to modify the way it goes about the handling of selling its foreclosure/REO inventory effective immediately. In the announcement, Fannie says it will now accept purchase offers for this type of inventory immediately after listing, without notifying lenders or mortgage servicers whose loan files are under review. Under its previous policy, Fannie gave lenders and servicers fifteen days to find a better purchase offer for new REO they sent to the company following foreclosure.

Apparently, Fannie Mae has finally recognized its foreclosure/REO inventory, which has ballooned to over 72,000 unsold homes, is not moving to the market quickly enough. In addition, they appear to have realized that the concept of using the fifteen day time out period as a way to obtain the original loan file for review in the hopes of exposing potential errors in underwriting or servicing guidlines was slowing down the sales process.

The memo has made it quite clear that they plan to move these properties to the market as soon as they have established a current value. And, if they sell the property for a loss and the loan file review turns up any problems, the lender or servicer will still be liable for loss.

Their hope is this new move will open up earlier access to their foreclosure/REO portfolio, speed up the selling decision making process and offer some interesting opportunities for home buyers and their agents.

Only time will tell if this action will make a difference for foreclosure sales in 2010. Let's hope for everyone's sake, it does.

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Gulf Coast Associates, RealtorsBenjamin Dona is the Broker and Owner of Gulf Coast Associates, Realtors in Bonita Springs, Florida. He holds two advanced degrees, an MBA and an MA, and has an extensive background in both business and marketing. In 1998, he founded Gulf Coast Associates, and formed a group of like-minded Realtor® associates dedicated to offering professional Southwest Florida real estate services by concentrating on information, education and the use of leading edge technologies. He also is a recognized expert on the "Net," a much-quoted and read blog author, and a contributor to both national and international news outlets. Benjamin is a member of the National Association of Realtors, the Florida Association of Realtors, and numerous local real estate boards throughout Southwest Florida.

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6 Responses to "Fannie Mae to Speed Up Foreclosure/REO Inventory Sales"

Lisa In Logan wrote:
Sounds like it's going to speed up the process, but adding more inventory faster could be the downfall. I, like Ashlee, hope that it works out for the better, but only time will tell.

Posted on Thursday, January 14th, 2010 at 4:09pm.

John wrote:
This will surely make a difference for foreclosure sales. Anything that can help speed up the process has to be a good thing.

Posted on Monday, January 18th, 2010 at 1:30am.

Wade in Manila wrote:
The process I must say should speed up. I just hope it's for the better.

Posted on Wednesday, January 20th, 2010 at 12:36am.

Jacci - Austin wrote:
Well, it can't slow down the process any. It's about time they do something to try to sell off the REOs faster. Lets hope this makes a real difference.

Posted on Saturday, January 23rd, 2010 at 1:22am.

Tim Harris wrote:
A tough situation, in which it seems every decision by the major players involved will be scrutinized and second-guessed. Thanks for keeping on top of it. I'll certainly share this info with my coaching clients.

Posted on Sunday, January 24th, 2010 at 9:23pm.

Bill Gassett wrote:
It is going to be interesting to see just how badly some of the markets that are more prone to foreclosures are going to stand up. Everyone keeps talking about the potential for some significant shadow inventory.

Posted on Saturday, May 8th, 2010 at 4:11pm.



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