Ginnie Mae Extends Assistance to Harvey-Impacted Issuers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – (RealEstateRama) — Ginnie Mae is highlighting its assistance program to help its Mortgage Backed Security (MBS) Issuers impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

“We’ll work with our partners to ensure we get through this together,” said Michael Bright, Ginnie Mae Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Acting President. “Any Ginnie Mae Issuer in need of assistance should contact us as soon as possible so we can guide them through this difficult period.”

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Assistance is available for any Ginnie Mae Issuer with more than five percent of its loan portfolio in the disaster area. Upon approval, the assistance takes three forms: (i) aiding Issuers in covering their advance obligations while forbearing from declaring them in default, (ii) deleting affected loans from calculations of delinquency ratios, and (iii) authorizing Issuers to purchase affected loans from the related pools.

To ensure problems are identified as quickly as possible, Ginnie Mae is proactively communicating with its Issuers to identify any Issuer in need of assistance. As the storm passes and recovery begins, Ginnie Mae will be ready to help any Issuer impacted by the storm, thereby continuing to ensure the safety and soundness of the Ginnie Mae MBS Program.

Additional details on Ginnie Mae Special Assistance Programs can be found in Chapter 34 of the Ginnie Mae MBS Guide.

About Ginnie Mae

Ginnie Mae is a wholly-owned government corporation that attracts global capital into the housing finance system to support homeownership for veterans and millions of homeowners throughout the country. Ginnie Mae mortgage backed securities MBS programs directly support housing finance programs administered by the Federal Housing Administration, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the HUD Office of Public and Indian Housing, and the Department of Agriculture Rural Housing Service. Ginnie Mae is the only MBS to carry the explicit full faith and credit of the United States Government.

Contact: Michael Huff

(202) 475-4933

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At Ginnie Mae, we help make affordable housing a reality for millions of low- and moderate-income households across America by channeling global capital into the nation's housing markets. Specifically, the Ginnie Mae guaranty allows mortgage lenders to obtain a better price for their mortgage loans in the secondary mortgage market. The lenders can then use the proceeds to fund new mortgage loans available. Without that liquidity, lenders would be forced to keep all loans in their own portfolio, meaning they would not have adequate capital to make new loans.

Unlike the GSEs, Ginnie Mae is profitable. We do not buy or sell loans or issue mortgage-backed securities (MBS). Therefore, our balance sheet doesn't use derivatives to hedge or carry long term debt.

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Phone: (202) 708-0926

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