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Choice Refinance

Learn more about our streamlined refinance execution for Fannie Mae Portfolio Mortgage Loans in good standing.

Benefits

  • Flexible refinancing
  • Increased Lender delegation
  • Lower costs from reduced documentation
  • Speed in processing and underwriting

Eligibility

  • Existing Fannie Mae Cash or MBS Mortgage Loan
  • Lender must be the current Servicer of the Mortgage Loan being refinanced
  • Property must be well maintained and stabilized as evidenced by the most recent property inspection
  • Existing Mortgage Loan must meet standards related to past monetary and non-monetary defaults as outlined in the Guide
  • Small Mortgage Loans and Mortgage Loans secured by Cooperative Properties may have additional eligibility requirements

Streamlined Requirements

(All other terms follow the requirements set for newly originated first-lien Mortgage Loans.)

Pre-Review Mortgage Loans

Generally, no Pre-Review is required if the Pre-Review category for the Portfolio Mortgage Loan was previously approved by Fannie Mae.

Please see the Multifamily Selling and Servicing Guide and the Multifamily Underwriting Standards (Form 4660) for complete requirements.

Property Documentation

Lender must document rationale in the Transaction Approval Memo.

Borrower Analysis

If the Borrower’s organizational structure has changed, the Lender must review necessary documents to confirm that the new structure meets the current Guide requirements.

For the Borrower, and each Key Principal, Guarantor, and Principal, the Lender will report ACheck results, and obtain and review financial statements.

Prepayment Premium

After the expiration of the Yield Maintenance period, the required 1% prepayment premium may be reduced in certain circumstances.

Prepayment premium due may be paid from the proceeds of the new Choice Refinance Loan.

Property Zoning

Borrower must certify that there has been no change in zoning affecting the Property in lieu of full underwriting.

If the Property has been rezoned the Lender must satisfy the Guide requirements for non-conforming uses.

Escrows

Replacement reserve, tax, and insurance escrows are typically required.

Third-Party Reports

Phase I Environmental Site Assessment will not be required in most instances. Streamlined Property Condition Assessment (Form 4099.A) may be utilized.

New appraisal and title insurance policy will be required.

New survey is not required as long as requirements are met: see Part III, Chapter 18 of the Guide for details.

Third-Party Expenses

Origination Fees may be used to pay third-party expenses.