Streamlined Rate Lock

Our Streamlined Rate Lock (SRL) option allows Borrowers to manage interest rate risk, while keeping flexibility and speed to rate lock in mind. SRL is available on all fixed-rate loans for the acquisition or refinance of multifamily properties.

Term Sheet (PDF)


  • For rate locks with Fannie Mae’s trading desk and many other MBS investors, the breakage fee for failure to originate the loan is limited to the Good Faith Deposit
  • Expanded delivery tolerance allows greater flexibility for rate locks


  • Existing, multifamily properties including Conventional, Coops, Green Rewards, Green Building Certification Loans, Hybrid ARM Loans, Manufactured Housing Communities, Multifamily Affordable Housing, Seniors Housing, Small Loans, Structured Transactions, Student Housing and Dedicated Student Housing properties. Some may be subject to pre-review.

Maximum Term of Rate Lock

Up to 180 days.

Minimum Good Faith Deposit

Rate lock term of up to and including 90 days: 2% of commitment amount.  

Rate lock term between 91 and 180 days: 3% of commitment amount.

Preliminary Underwriting Requirements

No prescribed set of preliminary underwriting requirements; the Lender makes the decision to rate lock based on its own determination of when it has sufficient preliminary underwriting information.

Breakage Fees

For SRLs executed with Fannie Mae's trading desk, the breakage fee for any failure to deliver the mortgage loan will be limited to an amount equal to the minimum Good Faith Deposit. Many other MBS investors also limit the breakage fee to the minimum Good Faith Deposit.  Lenders should check with individual investors as to their breakage policy.

Delivery Tolerance

+/- 5%. The Lender may increase the standard 5% Delivery Tolerance up to a 10% reduction in the delivered loan amount from the rate lock amount upon completion of final underwriting.  For SRLs executed with Fannie Mae's trading desk, if the loan amount reduction is between 5% and 10% of the rate lock amount, a penalty equal to the difference between 95% of the rate locked amount and the actual loan amount, multiplied by the Good Faith Deposit percentage, will be owed. Lenders should check with individual MBS investors as to their policy on loan amount reductions from the rate locked amount, but should note that Fannie Mae will not accept loans with third-party MBS Investors having a Delivery Tolerance in excess of 10% of the rate lock amount.