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July 19, 2018

Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae Make Updates to Forbearance Options

Lenders prefer that foreclosure be the last resort when it comes to recovering the remaining balance of a home loan.  Many offer forbearance plans as an alternative to foreclosure to help keep borrowers in their homes.  These forbearance plans provide servicers a temporary solution to keep borrowers out of foreclosure when they are experiencing a short-term financial hardship.


Back in June, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae introduced changes to their current list of available forbearance plans.  Their objective was to make it easier for servicers by simplifying the options.  As you will see below, mission accomplished!

When do changes take effect?

The new plans must be in place by December 1, 2018.  However, servicers may implement the new plans now.  Once the new plans are implemented, servicers are no longer able to use the old plans.  Any old plans in progress when the new plans are implemented may continue under the old plans.

What are the changes?

Here’s a high level summary of the changes that are taking place.

Freddie Mac

  • The short-term, long-term, and unemployment workout plan options were consolidated into a single forbearance policy.
  • Disaster hardships remain in a separate forbearance plan.
  • Servicers may approve forbearance plans that last for up to six months and may offer consecutive forbearance plans of up to 12 total months without requiring a Borrower Response Package.

Fannie Mae

  • Eliminated forbearance plans specific to unemployment, unique hardships, military indulgence, and disaster events.
  • Created a single streamlined forbearance plan.

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Need help implementing the changes?

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Where can I find the details?

For specific details about the new plans, please reference the Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae Servicing Guides. 




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