Appealing Short Sale Commissions and New HomePath Property Alerts
Appealing Short Sale Commissions
In February, Fannie Mae instructed its servicers (PDF) to honor the agent negotiated commission on a short sale, unless the commission exceeds 6%. This instruction is applicable to properties where Fannie Mae is the investor.
Important note: Servicers must continue to obtain any third-party approvals (i.e., private mortgage insurers) and those approvals may impact commissions.
If you are working on a short sale and believe a servicer is negotiating your commission outside the bounds of this Announcement, there is a new process for appealing the servicer’s decision.
- Confirm that the loan is owned or guaranteed by Fannie Mae. With written permission from the homeowner (or in their presence), use the Fannie Mae Loan Lookup tool at www.fanniemae.com/loanlookup. Alternatively, the homeowner can call Fannie Mae’s Resource Center at 1-800-7FANNIE (8am to 9pm Eastern Time).
- If the loan is owned or guaranteed by Fannie Mae, provide a copy of Announcement 09-03 (PDF) to the servicer and negotiate an appropriate commission based on the listing agreement (up to 6%).
- If the dispute is not resolved, contact Fannie Mae at 1-800-7FANNIE. Be prepared to provide the property address, name of owner, and Fannie Mae loan number (if available).
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