21-01-15 Announcement—January 15 2021 Program Guidelines Update

01/15/2021

All policy changes and updates are referenced to the appropriate section below. These policy changes are effective 01/15/2021 unless otherwise noted.

Additionally, CBCMA has compiled all of its announcements related to COVID-19 into one section immediately following the Recent Updates and Announcements section in the Correspondent Lending Guide. To review the program guidelines changes made January 4, 2021, or earlier, please follow this link to the archived Program Guidelines.

 

Over the last couple of weeks, CBC Mortgage Agency has announced loan servicing changes that will create a better borrower experience: Essex Mortgage has been contracted to sub-service FHA and repayable second mortgage loans delivered to CBC Mortgage Agency. We would like to clarify that this change only affects our FHA products and our repayable second mortgages. Conventional first mortgages and forgivable second mortgages will still be transferred to CBC Mortgage Agency for servicing. Minor textual changes in the Program Guidelines have been added to make this more clear.

Additionally, CBC Mortgage Agency will still be your point of contact for any Escrow concerns, or concerns regarding the Purchase Advice, balances, etc. CBC Mortgage Agency will be your intermediary for Essex Mortgage.

 

The following paragraph was added to section 2 (Why Use Chenoa Fund?):

In addition, CBCMA offers exceptional customer service. As part of our commitment, we offer a variety of resources to help answer your questions and to assure a smooth experience. For instance, our Scenario and Exception teams are available for video conferencing and screen sharing, and they can walk you through second mortgage input.

 

The following sections and documents were changed to emphasize that the Note needs to be received (by CBCMA) within 3 days of purchase if the mortgage loan is using a reverse bailee:

  1. 34.7 (Required Documents): [line added at end] The notes for mortgages using a reverse bailee must be delivered to CBCMA within three (3) days after the reverse bailee is received.
  2. 19 (Mortgage and Note): [line added at end] For mortgages using a reverse bailee, the note must be delivered to CBCMA within three (3) days after the reverse bailee is delivered.
  3. 22.2 (Second Loan Documentation Requirements): [middle bullet point edited] 2nd Lien Note—payment address for repayable 2nds must reflect CBCMA’s servicing address shown above; must be delivered to CBCMA within three (3) days of reverse bailee delivery if reverse bailee is used
  4. 10 (Final Documents): [line added at end of 2nd to last paragraph] (However, the notes for both mortgages must be delivered within three [3] days of reverse bailee delivery if a reverse bailee is used.)
  5. Loan Delivery Checklist: [bullet point edited] Note with Allonge, 1st and 2nd (2nd to be endorsed to CBCMA; must be delivered within 3 days of reverse bailee delivery if reverse bailee is used)

 

The following line was added to Section 5.17 (Present Housing Expense & Verification of Housing Payment), fourth paragraph and following the first sentence:

(This gap may be included in the 12-month verification of housing payment or expense.)

 

The following bullet point was added to section 5.34.9 (Ineligible Features):

  1. Illegal Accessory Units (please follow all HUD guidelines and all zonings laws on allowable features)

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CBC Mortgage Agency Welcomes Secretary-designate Marcia Fudge

2021 is already shaping up to be a big year. Among many changes coming with president-elect Biden’s inauguration on January 20th, Representative Marcia Fudge (OH),  has been selected to be the next secretary of HUD (Housing and Urban Development). CBC Mortgage Agency would like to wish her a warm welcome, and we look forward to the great work she’s committed to do.

A bit about Secretary-Designate Fudge

Fudge represented the 11th district in Ohio during her time in the House, focusing her energies on issues such as poverty, hunger, civil rights, and health. Fudge has a lot of experience working in House committees, including the Committee on Agriculture and the Committee on Education and Labor; though much of her experience lies outside of the realm of housing, the experience that Fudge has developed should slide easily into her new responsibilities. CBCMA is excited to see what direction that Fudge takes HUD, especially as she enters with many difficult issues already on her plate, including growing numbers of COVID-driven forbearances. We’re looking forward to working with Fudge and HUD to help make housing more accessible to the underprivileged than ever before!

CBC  Mortgage Agency is proud to have worked with Secretary Brian D Montgomery as he served the past two terms under President Trump. The work that has been done and the milestones we have reached towards the common goal of increasing homeownership are largely due to his leadership. We wish him all the best in his next endeavor! 

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Chenoa Fund Borrower Spotlight: Theo

The Chenoa Fund Borrower Spotlight shares the stories of borrowers who used Chenoa Fund to become homeowners. Owning a home isn’t for everyone, but there are many Americans who could be homeowners with just a little bit of help. That’s where Chenoa Fund steps in. This is the story of Theo*, who purchased his home late last year.

 

 

CBC Mortgage Agency aka Chenoa Fund has been a life-changing experience, to say the least. [M]y mortgage experience was extremely limited. I believed a lot of the home-buying myths and did not understand the importance of homeownership. The one thing I could remember is you need 20% to purchase a home. This kept me from purchasing a home. Home prices kept increasing and I couldn’t save fast enough to keep up. 

 

 

My journey began in 2018 and slowly I started to believe I could purchase a home. Towards the end of 2018, my wife and I made a goal to purchase a home. With some careful planning and big help from Chenoa Fund, we were able to secure the down payment needed to purchase a home. In late 2019, my wife and I were able to purchase a home in Herriman, UT. This event was bigger than just purchasing a home. It was a mindset change. It took belief, dedication, and hard work. Now in everything we do, we think ownership before renting.

 

 

We’re grateful that Theo was able to break through the myths and find a way to achieve homeownership through Chenoa Fund. Now he and his family can reap the blessings of being homeowners!

 

 

You can read about more borrowers who achieved the blessing of homeownership through Chenoa Fund here. Reach out to info@chenoafund.org to learn more about how you can offer Chenoa Fund, or to learn how to access Chenoa Fund in purchasing your future home.

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21-01-04 Announcement—January 4 2021 Program Guidelines Update

01/04/2021

All policy changes and updates are referenced to the appropriate section below. These policy changes are effective 01/04/2021 unless otherwise noted.

Additionally, CBCMA has compiled all of its announcements related to COVID-19 into one section immediately following the Recent Updates and Announcements section. To review the program guidelines changes made December 22, 2020, or earlier, please follow this link to the archived Program Guidelines.

 

Due to changing industry needs, we retired our FHA Classic product on October 1, 2020. CBCMA no longer accepts registrations for this program. The FHA Classic product has been removed from our Product Matrix and other informational materials. In addition, the Product Matrix has been reformatted to improve readability and information accessibility, along with the Manufactured Housing Matrix.

 

The following document and file references have been updated in our guidelines and trainings:

  • 4506-T to 4506-C
  • 1003 to URLA
  • 92900-A to 92900-A/Addendum
  • FNMA 3.2 to MISMO 3.4

CBC Mortgage Agency is transitioning to using these documents and files in preparation for FHA and FNMA guidelines requiring these documents and files on March 31st, 2021. Until then, we will still accept the old documents and files.

 

Section 5.17 (Present Housing Expense & Verification of Housing Payment) has received a new paragraph, which will be its fourth paragraph:

Borrowers in the 620–659 FICO range and making a housing payment may have a housing gap of up to ninety (90) calendar days before closing. A letter of explanation will be required to explain the housing gap if it is larger than thirty (30) calendar days. For example, a borrower may have left a previous rental agreement and then lived rent-free with family in preparation for closing on a new home.

 

We would like to remind our correspondents that trailing documents need to be sent to the following address:

   CBC Mortgage Agency

C/O DocProbe

1820 Swarthmore Avenue

P.O. Box 2133

Lakewood, NJ 08701

 

We would also like to remind our correspondents that, if a borrower or seller is using a power of attorney (POA), a copy of the POA must be included with the closing package (section 8.5).

 

In December 2020, we released a large update with regards to servicing (and flood certificates). This update has been included again here as a reminder that, no later than January 31st, 2020, all correspondents need to be fully meeting these new guidelines.

Please Note: The changes below do not impact your MERS or FHA case number transfers. MINs (both TOS and TOB) for both the first and second mortgages should still be transferred to CBC Mortgage Agency (section 10.2). Do not add a sub-servicer to the loan record within MERS. Please transfer holder and servicing rights to CBC Mortgage Agency in FHA Connection (section 10.3.1). CBCMA will update the servicing rights once we receive the case transfer.

In addition, the forgivable second mortgage servicing information is not changing. The below changes only impact both First and Second Mortgage Servicing (repayable seconds only).

 

The December 2020 Servicing Announcement

In an effort to simplify the servicing process for borrowers, CBC Mortgage Agency (CBCMA) has contracted with a Servicer to service loans sold/delivered to CBCMA going forward. On first mortgages, this servicer will assume the servicing burden the moment a loan is sold to CBCMA so that borrowers do not experience two servicing transfers within a short period of receiving their loan. Upon implementation, transfer of the first mortgage servicing will happen only once, when CBCMA purchases the loan.

Second mortgages follow a slightly different process than do first mortgages since they are owned by CBCMA the moment they are created (the correspondent advances funds on behalf of CBCMA, the government entity, at closing). Second mortgages drawn through CBCMA’s document service, provided free to correspondents, will show the servicing address as the contracted Servicer. Documents prepared by any other provider can either incorporate CBCMA’s Servicer when the documents are prepared, or the servicing on the second can be transferred to Essex Mortgage when CBCMA reimburses the correspondent for the funds advanced to the borrower on behalf of CBCMA at closing. Do not add Essex as a sub-servicer in MERS.

Beginning as soon as possible, but no later than January 31, 2021, please update your goodbye letter to transfer servicing rights to our contracted Servicer when a loan is purchased/reimbursed by CBCMA.

 

These updates have changed many sections of our program guidelines. In an effort to be thorough and comprehensive, here are all the changes made (in detail):

 

5.34.4 (Flood Certificates):

All Programs: Any flood certification from a valid vendor is acceptable as long as the flood certification in the file matches the appraiser’s flood information; this must include a life of loan certification. If there is a discrepancy between the two, CBCMA will pull a CoreLogic flood certificate and bill the correspondent the $15 fee on the Purchase Agreement.

All FHA Programs: Please note that a property is not eligible for FHA insurance if a residential building and related improvements to the property are located within SFHA Zone A (a Special Flood Zone Area) of Zone V (a coastal area) and insurance under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is not available in the community.

A property is not eligible for FHA insurance if the improvements are or are proposed to be located within a Coastal Barrier Resource System (CBRS).

For more information, please refer to FHA 4000.1.

First Mortgage: Flood certifications must be from CoreLogic or Service Link; this must include a life of loan certification. If the correct flood certificate is not present, CBCMA will pull a CoreLogic flood certificate and bill the correspondent the $15 fee on the Purchase Agreement.

 

7.22 (Documentation—General Requirements): A bullet point in the original section was altered.

  • Life of Loan flood certificate
    • In some cases we will require the originator to transfer this certificate; if required, this will be found in the due diligence conditions prior to purchase
    • Second mortgage flood certificates may be from any valid vendor
    • First mortgage flood certificates must be from CoreLogic or Service Link

 

10.2 (Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems [MERS]): The MERS ORG ID number was incorrectly changed in a previous announcement and has been restored to the original number (1012881).

 

11.4.1 (Loan Package Contents and Delivery): Information about the “Goodbye Letter” has been updated for the first mortgage, the repayable second mortgage, and the forgivable second mortgage. The section in its entirety:

In order to confirm an accurate notice of transfer of servicing, a “Goodbye Letter,” CBCMA requires a sample copy of the notice of transfer of servicing to be included in the loan package at time of delivery. This applies to all first mortgages.

The information of CBC Mortgage Agency’s contract Servicer (address, contact information, etc.) to be used for the notice of transfer of servicing, the “Goodbye Letter” for the first mortgage, may be found in sections 12.3.3 (1st Mortgage Contract Servicer General Contact Information), 12.3.4 (1st Mortgage Contract Servicer General Mailing Address), 12.5.1 (1st Mortgage Payment Address), 12.5.2 (First Mortgage Overnight Delivery), and 12.7.1 (First Mortgages [Qualified Written Requests]). The general mailing address is included below:

   Essex Mortgage

ISAOA/ATIMA

PO Box 100077

Duluth, GA 30096

The primary, toll free customer service number is (855) 748-2722. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30am–5:00pm PT. Payments may also be made online at http://www.essexmortgage.com/MyAccount.

The information of CBC Mortgage Agency’s contract Servicer (address, contact information, etc.) to be used for the notice of transfer of servicing, the “Goodbye Letter” for the second mortgage (repayable seconds only), may be found in sections 12.3.5 (Repayable 2nd Mortgage Contract Servicer General Contact Information), 12.3.6 (Repayable 2nd Mortgage Contract Servicer General Mailing Address), 12.5.3 (Repayable 2nd Mortgage Payment Address), 12.5.5 (Overnight Deliveries 2nd Mortgages), and 12.7.2 (Second Mortgages [Repayable] [Qualified Written Requests]). The general mailing address is included below:

   ATTN: Cashiering

2100 SE 17th Street #112

Ocala, FL 34471

The primary, toll free customer service number is (888) 892-0881. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30am–5:00pm PT. Payments may also be made online at http://www.essexmortgage.com/MyAccount.

CBC Mortgage Agency’s address and contact information to be used for the notice of transfer of servicing, the “Goodbye Letter” for the second mortgage (forgivable seconds only), is as follows:

   CBC Mortgage Agency

ISAOA/ATIMA

912 W Baxter Drive, #150

South Jordan, UT 84095

The primary, toll free customer service number is (866) 563-3507. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00am–5:00pm MST. Payments do not apply for forgivable seconds.

 

12.2 (CBCMA Codes): The MERS ORG ID number was incorrectly changed in a previous update and has been restored to its original number; the new HUD Servicer ID has remained. In addition, instructions have been added to ensure correct use of these codes.

  • MERS ID: 1014821 (for TOS and TOB transfers on 1st and 2nd Mortgages in MERS)
  • FHA ID: 9413-00000-8 (for transfer of Beneficiary rights in FHA Connection)
  • NMLS ID: 1186381
  • HUD Servicer ID: 00772-000-4 (for transfer of Servicing rights in FHA Connection)
  • CBCMA EIN: 46-2780478

 

12.3 (Contact Information): This section has been updated with contract Servicer information, which created four new sections: 12.3.3 (1st Mortgage Contract Servicer General Contact Information), 12.3.4 (1st Mortgage Contract Servicer General Mailing Address), 12.3.5 (Repayable 2nd Mortgage Contract Servicer General Contact Information), 12.3.6 (Repayable 2nd Mortgage Contract Servicer General Mailing Address).

12.3.3 (1st Mortgage Contract Servicer General Contact Information)

   Essex Mortgage

Website: http://www.essexmortgage.com/MyAccount

Email: support@myessexmortgage.com

Toll Free Numbers:

Customer Service: 855-748-2722

Collections/Payment Assistance: 855-775-2931

Loss Mitigation or SPOC: 855-766-6540

Foreclosure Team: 855-781-3901

Property Tax Team: 833-662-0238

Property Tax Fax Number: 817-310-7507

Insurance Team: 833-811-3064

12.3.4 (1st Mortgage Contract Servicer General Mailing Address)

   Essex Mortgage

ISAOA/ATIMA

P.O. Box 100077

Duluth, GA 30096

12.3.5 (Repayable 2nd Mortgage Contract Servicer General Contact Information)

Essex Mortgage

Website: http://www.essexmortgage.com/MyAccount

Email Address: loanservicing@essexmortgage.com

General Contact Number: 888-892-0881

12.3.6 (Repayable 2nd Mortgage Contract Servicer General Mailing Address)

   ATTN: Cashiering

2100 SE 17th Street #112

Ocala, FL 34471

 

12.4.3 (Mortgagee Clause): The mortgagee clause for first and second mortgages (repayable and forgivable) has been updated.

   Essex Mortgage

ISAOA/ATIMA

PO Box 29411

Phoenix, AZ 85038-9411

 

12.5 (Borrower Payment Addresses): This section has been updated with Contract Servicer information: 12.5.1 (1st Mortgage Payment Address), 12.5.2 (1st Mortgage Overnight Delivery), 12.5.3 (Repayable 2nd Mortgage Payment Address), 12.5.5 (Overnight Deliveries 2nd Mortgage). Section 12.5.4 (Forgivable 2nd Mortgage Payment Address) is included for consistency, though its content has not changed.

12.5.1 (1st Mortgage Payment Address)

   Essex Mortgage

ISAOA/ATIMA

PO Box 105178

Atlanta, GA 30348-5178

12.5.2 (1st Mortgage Overnight Delivery)

   ATTN: Lockbox 105178 Services – Essex

3585 Atlanta Avenue

Hapeville, GA 30354-1705

12.5.3 (Repayable 2nd Mortgage Payment Address)

   ATTN: Cashiering

2100 SE 17th Street #112

Ocala, FL 34471

12.5.4 (Forgivable 2nd Mortgage Payment Address)

   CBC Mortgage Agency

ISAOA/ATIMA

912 W Baxter Drive, #150

South Jordan, UT 84095

12.5.5 (Overnight Deliveries 2nd Mortgages)

   ATTN: Cashiering

2100 SE 17th Street #112

Ocala, FL 34471

 

12.6 (Wiring Instructions [First Mortgages]): This is a new section with information regarding wiring.

12.6.1 (Forwarded Payments—Payment Clearing)

   Beneficiary Name: ServiceMac, LLC Bank

Name: Wells Fargo

City, State: Atlanta, GA

Beneficiary Account #: 4728377680

ABA Routing #: 121000248

ATTN: Reference to transaction, Company Name or loan number

12.6.2 (Forwarded Payoffs—Payoff Clearing Beneficiary)

   Name: ServiceMac, LLC

Bank Name: Wells Fargo

City, State: Atlanta, GA

Beneficiary Account #: 4749659454

ABA Routing #: 121000248

ATTN: Reference loan number(s)

 

12.7 (Qualified Written Requests): This is a new section with information regarding qualified written requests for both first and second (repayable) mortgages.

12.7.1 (First Mortgages)

Qualified Written Requests (QWRs) are required to be submitted to the address listed below. When Essex Mortgage is in receipt of a Qualified Written Request (as defined by RESPA), an acknowledgment notice is sent within five (5) business days.  We will respond to you within thirty (30) business days of receipt of your written notice, unless otherwise defined by RESPA guidelines.

   Essex Mortgage

ISAOA/ATIMA

PO Box 100078

Duluth, GA 30096

12.7.2 (Second Mortgages [Repayable])

Qualified Written Requests (QWRs) are required to be submitted to the address listed below. When Essex Mortgage is in receipt of a Qualified Written Request (as defined by RESPA), an acknowledgment notice is sent within five (5) business days.  We will respond to you within thirty (30) business days of receipt of your written notice, unless otherwise defined by RESPA guidelines.

   ATTN: Customer Care

2100 SE 17th Street #112

Ocala, FL 34471

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20-12-22 Announcement—December 22 2020 Program Guidelines Update

12/22/2020

All policy changes and updates are linked to the appropriate section below. These policy changes are effective 12/22/2020 unless otherwise noted. These updates are additional to the updates published on 12/21/2020.

 

Additionally, CBCMA has compiled all of its announcements related to COVID-19 into one section immediately following the Recent Updates and Announcements section in the Correspondent Lending Guide. To review the program guidelines changes made December 21 or earlier, please follow this link to the archived Program Guidelines.

 

Many servicing-related updates were made recently, requiring this additional announcement. These changes impact both First and Second Mortgage Servicing.

 

In an effort to simplify the servicing process for borrowers, CBC Mortgage Agency has contracted with a Master Servicer to service loans sold to CBCMA going forward. On first mortgages, this servicer will assume the servicing burden the moment a loan is sold to CBCMA so that borrowers do not experience two servicing transfers within a short period of receiving their loan. Upon implementation, transfer of the first mortgage will happen only once, when CBCMA purchases the loan.

 

Second mortgages follow a slightly different process than first mortgages since they are owned by CBCMA the moment they are created. (The correspondent advances funds on behalf of CBCMA, the government entity, at closing). Second mortgages drawn through CBCMA’s document service provided free to correspondents will show the servicing address as the Master Servicer. Documents prepared by any other provider can either incorporate our Master Servicer when the documents are prepared or the servicing on the second can be transferred to Essex Mortgage when CBCMA reimburses the correspondent for the funds advanced to the borrower on behalf of CBCMA at closing.

 

Beginning as soon as possible, but NO LATER THAN JANUARY 31, 2021, when a loan is purchased/reimbursed by CBCMA, please transfer servicing rights to our Master Servicer.

 

These updates have changed many sections of our program guidelines. In an effort to be thorough and comprehensive, here are all the changes made (in detail):

 

5.34.4 (Flood Certificates):

 

All Programs: Any flood certification from a valid vendor is acceptable as long as the flood certification in the file matches the appraiser’s flood information; this must include a life of loan certification. If there is a discrepancy between the two, CBCMA will pull a CoreLogic flood certificate and bill the correspondent the $15 fee on the PA.

 

All FHA Programs: Please note that a property is not eligible for FHA insurance if a residential building and related improvements to the property are located within SFHA Zone A (a Special Flood Zone Area) of Zone V (a coastal area) and insurance under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is not available in the community.
A property is not eligible for FHA insurance if the improvements are or are proposed to be located within a Coastal Barrier Resource System (CBRS).
For more information, please refer to FHA 4000.1.

 

First Mortgage: Flood certifications must be from CoreLogic and Service Link; this must include a life of loan certification. If the correct flood certificate is not present, CBCMA will pull a CoreLogic flood certificate and bill the correspondent the $15 fee on the PA.

 

 

7.22 (Documentation—General Requirements): A bullet point in the original section was altered.

  • Life of Loan flood certificate from a valid vendor
    • In some cases we will require the originator to transfer this certificate; if required, this will be found in the due diligence conditions prior to purchase
    • First mortgage flood certificates must be from CoreLogic and Service Link

 

 

10.2 (Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems [MERS]): The MERS ORG ID number was updated (1014821).

 

 

11.4.1 (Loan Package Contents and Delivery): Information about the “Goodbye Letter” has been updated for the first mortgage, the repayable second mortgage, and the forgivable second mortgage. The text is included in its entirety below.

 

In order to confirm an accurate notice of transfer of servicing, a “Goodbye Letter,” CBCMA requires a sample copy of the notice of transfer of servicing to be included in the loan package at time of delivery. This applies to all first mortgages.
The information of CBC Mortgage Agency’s Master Servicer (address, contact information, etc) to be used for the notice of transfer of servicing, the “Goodbye Letter” for the first mortgage, may be found in sections 12.3.3 (1st Mortgage Master Servicer General Contact Information), 12.3.4 (1st Mortgage Master Servicer General Mailing Address), 12.5.1 (1st Mortgage Payment Address), 12.5.2 (First Mortgage Overnight Delivery), and 12.7.1 (First Mortgages [Qualified Written Requests]). The general mailing address is included below:

Essex Mortgage
Its Successors and/or Assigns ATIMA
PO Box 100077
Duluth, GA 30096

The primary, toll free customer service number is (855) 748-2722. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30am–5:00pm PT. Payments may also be made online at http://www.essexmortgage.com/MyAccount.

 

The information of CBC Mortgage Agency’s Master Servicer (address, contact information, etc) to be used for the notice of transfer of servicing, the “Goodbye Letter” for the second mortgage (repayable seconds only), may be found in sections 12.3.5 (Repayable 2nd Mortgage Master Servicer General Contact Information), 12.3.6 (Repayable 2nd Mortgage Master Servicer General Mailing Address), 12.5.3 (Repayable 2nd Mortgage Payment Address), 12.5.5 (Overnight Deliveries 2nd Mortgages), and 12.7.2 (Second Mortgages [Repayable] [Qualified Written Requests]). The general mailing address is included below:

ATTN: Cashiering
2100 SE 17th Street #112
Ocala, FL 34471

The primary, toll free customer service number is (888) 892-0881. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30am–5:00pm PT. Payments may also be made online at http://www.essexmortgage.com/MyAccount.

 

CBC Mortgage Agency’s address and contact information to be used for the notice of transfer of servicing, the “Goodbye Letter” for the second mortgage (forgivable seconds only), is as follows:

CBC Mortgage Agency
Its Successors and/or Assigns ATIMA
912 W Baxter Drive, #150
South Jordan, UT 84095

The primary, toll free customer service number is (866) 563-3507. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00am–5:00pm MST. Payments do not apply for forgivable seconds.

 

 

12.2 (CBCMA Codes): The MERS ORG ID number was updated, and a HUD Servicer ID was added.

  • MERS ORG ID: 1014821
  • HUD Servicer ID: 00772-000-4

 

 

12.3 (Contact Information): This section has been updated with Master Servicer information, which created four new sections: 12.3.3 (1st Mortgage Master Servicer General Contact Information), 12.3.4 (1st Mortgage Master Servicer General Mailing Address), 12.3.5 (Repayable 2nd Mortgage Master Servicer General Contact Information), 12.3.6 (Repayable 2nd Mortgage Master Servicer General Mailing Address).

 

12.3.3 (1st Mortgage Master Servicer General Contact Information)

Essex Mortgage
Website: http://www.essexmortgage.com/MyAccount
Email: support@myessexmortgage.com
Toll Free Numbers:

  • Customer Service: 855-748-2722
  • Collections/Payment Assistance: 855-775-2931
  • Loss Mitigation or SPOC: 855-766-6540
  • Foreclosure Team: 855-781-3901
  • Property Tax Team: 833-662-0238
  • Property Tax Fax Number: 817-310-7507
  • Insurance Team: 833-811-3064

 

12.3.4 (1st Mortgage Master Servicer General Mailing Address)

Essex Mortgage
Its Successors and/or Assigns ATIMA
P.O. Box 100077
Duluth, GA 30096

 

12.3.5 (Repayable 2nd Mortgage Master Servicer General Contact Information)

Essex Mortgage
Website: http://www.essexmortgage.com/MyAccount
Email Address: loanservicing@essexmortgage.com
General Contact Number: 888-892-0881

 

12.3.6 (Repayable 2nd Mortgage Master Servicer General Mailing Address)

ATTN: Cashiering
2100 SE 17th Street #112
Ocala, FL 34471

 

 

12.4.3 (Mortgagee Clause): The mortgagee clause for first and second mortgages (repayable and forgivable) has been updated.
Essex Mortgage
Its Successors and/or Assigns ATIMA
PO Box 29411
Phoenix, AZ 85038-9411

 

 

12.5 (Borrower Payment Addresses): This section has been updated with Master Servicer information: 12.5.1 (1st Mortgage Payment Address), 12.5.2 (1st Mortgage Overnight Delivery), 12.5.3 (Repayable 2nd Mortgage Payment Address), 12.5.5 (Overnight Deliveries 2nd Mortgage). Section 12.5.4 (Forgivable 2nd Mortgage Payment Address) will be included for consistency, though it has not changed.

 

12.5.1 (1st Mortgage Payment Address)

Essex Mortgage
Its Successors and/or Assigns ATIMA
PO Box 105178
Atlanta, GA 30348-5178

 

12.5.2 (1st Mortgage Overnight Delivery)

ATTN: Lockbox 105178 Services – Essex
3585 Atlanta Avenue
Hapeville, GA 30354-1705

 

12.5.3 (Repayable 2nd Mortgage Payment Address)

ATTN: Cashiering
2100 SE 17th Street #112
Ocala, FL 34471

 

12.5.4 (Forgivable 2nd Mortgage Payment Address)

CBC Mortgage Agency
Its Successors and/or Assigns ATIMA
912 W Baxter Drive, #150
South Jordan, UT 84095

 

12.5.5 (Overnight Deliveries 2nd Mortgages)

ATTN: Cashiering
2100 SE 17th Street #112
Ocala, FL 34471

 

 

12.6 (Wiring Instructions [First Mortgages]): This is a new section with information regarding wiring.

 

12.6.1 (Forwarded Payments—Payment Clearing)

Beneficiary Name: ServiceMac, LLC Bank
Name: Wells Fargo
City, State: Atlanta, GA
Beneficiary Account #: 4728377680
ABA Routing #: 121000248
ATTN: Reference to transaction, Company Name or loan number

 

12.6.2 (Forwarded Payoffs—Payoff Clearing Beneficiary)

Name: ServiceMac, LLC
Bank Name: Wells Fargo
City, State: Atlanta, GA
Beneficiary Account #: 4749659454
ABA Routing #: 121000248
ATTN: Reference loan number(s)

 

 

12.7 (Qualified Written Requests): This is a new section with information regarding qualified written requests for both first and second (repayable) mortgages.

 

12.7.1 (First Mortgages)

Qualified Written Requests (QWRs) are required to be submitted to the address listed below. When Essex Mortgage is in receipt of a Qualified Written Request (as defined by RESPA), an acknowledgment notice is sent within five (5) business days. We will respond to you within thirty (30) business days of receipt of your written notice, unless otherwise defined by RESPA guidelines.

Essex Mortgage
PO Box 100078
Duluth, GA 30096

 

12.7.2 (Second Mortgages [Repayable])

Qualified Written Requests (QWRs) are required to be submitted to the address listed below. When Essex Mortgage is in receipt of a Qualified Written Request (as defined by RESPA), an acknowledgment notice is sent within five (5) business days. We will respond to you within thirty (30) business days of receipt of your written notice, unless otherwise defined by RESPA guidelines.

ATTN: Customer Care
2100 SE 17th Street #112
Ocala, FL 34471

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20-12-21 Announcement—December 21 2020 Program Guidelines Update

12/21/2020

All policy changes and updates are referenced to the appropriate section below. These policy changes are effective 12/21/2020 unless otherwise noted.

Additionally, CBCMA has compiled all of its announcements related to COVID-19 into one section immediately following this Recent Updates and Announcements section in the Correspondent Lending Guide. To review the program guidelines changes made December 7 or earlier, please follow this link to the archived Program Guidelines.

 

Due to changing industry needs, we retired our FHA Classic product on October 1, 2020. CBCMA will no longer accept registrations for this program. The FHA Classic product will remain on our Product Matrix for reference purposes until January 1st, 2021.

 

New COVID announcement, 20-22: Correspondents will be required to immediately repurchase a loan if, after CBCMA has purchased the loan, the correspondent authorizes a forbearance agreement without coordinating with CBCMA. To coordinate forbearance agreements, please reach out to servicing@chenoafund.org.

 

The Chenoa Fund Product Matrix has been reformatted to improve readability and information accessibility. The new Chenoa Fund Product Matrix will be posted at the same time that the FHA Classic product is removed from the Chenoa Fund Product Matrix (around the beginning of the new year).

 

We have two new sub-sections that will go under section 7.18 (Real Estate Taxes Due The Following Month After Loan Purchase): 7.18.1 (Existing Construction) and 7.18.2 (New Construction)

7.18.1 (Existing Construction): CBC Mortgage Agency recommends using the actual assessed property tax figure per the county’s assessment/tax rolls; however, if property taxes will increase or decrease significantly from the current assessment after purchase (e.g., the former owner had a senior citizen tax exemption), it is recommended that an estimated value be used that will result in the most likely payment for the borrower. The property tax value used for qualifying the borrower should be consistent throughout the file, including the 1003, AUS, CD, IEADS, and First Payment Letter.

7.18.2 (New Construction): CBC Mortgage Agency recommends using a property tax estimate based on multiplying the purchase price (less any homeowner’s exemptions) by the mill rates (the tax rates per the county website) that will be in effect in order to determine the payment; this will result in the least amount of payment variation once the property is assessed by the taxing authority. This property tax value (monthly tax payment) used for qualifying the borrower should be consistent throughout the file, including the 1003, AUS, CD, IEADS, and First Payment Letter.

We do understand that, due to local tax collection practices, property taxes may increase significantly during the borrower’s first year of homeownership, resulting in the need to prorate taxes at closing based on a much lower figure than what will need to be included in the borrower’s monthly payment. We also understand that, in calculating closing figures, the unassessed value may be used to lower the borrower’s cash to close and eliminate the collection of excessive tax escrow. In these circumstances, based on most document preparation services’ limitations, a First Payment Letter that does not match the 1003, CD, and initial IEADS may be used to reflect the most accurate payment to the borrower; however, the First Payment Letter must match the AUS qualification figures. In addition, a new IEADS reflecting the accurate collection and disbursements of tax payments should be included in the file along with an LOX from the lender.

 

The recently-introduced section 5.37 (Loss Payee Clause) is being merged with 7.24 (Hazard Insurance) as one of the section’s bullet points. The bullet points will now read as follows:

  • For purchase transactions, CBC Mortgage Agency requires hazard insurance policy with a paid receipt for one (1) year or an invoice and sufficient funds collected to pay the invoice
  • Even if a policy is issued for one (1) year, CBC Mortgage Agency requires proof that the premium for the year is paid in full
    • Proof may be in the form of a receipt signed by an authorized individual of the insurance company; otherwise, the premium is to be paid at closing and indicated on the HUD-1 Settlement Statement
    • The same premium as shown on the policy is reflected on either the paid receipt or HUD-1
  • If, on the date of purchase of the mortgage loan by CBC Mortgage Agency, there are less than thirty (30) days to policy expiration, CBC Mortgage Agency requires a thirty-day binder or evidence that the policy has been renewed for one year
  • Prior to purchase of the first mortgage and reimbursement of the second mortgage, the loss payee clause must be in the lender’s name and include the verbiage “Its Successors and/or Assigns ATIMA.” (ISAOA/ATIMA is an acceptable abbreviation of this verbiage.)
    • Alternatively, correspondents may use CBCMA’s loss payee clause on the second mortgage only. If this option is used, the second mortgage loss payee clause should be:

CBC Mortgage Agency ISAOA/ATIMA

912 W. Baxter, Suite 150

South Jordan, UT 84095

 

With the new Loss Payee Clause section moved, the new section 5.38 (Disaster Certificates) has become section 5.37.

 

Section 5.12 (Undisclosed Debt Monitoring and Soft-Pull Credit Refreshes) has been clarified. The 10-day period should refer to calendar days, not business days. The new text will read “ten (10) calendar days”.

 

Section 5.15 (Payment Shock) has had its last sentence reworded to clarify that alternative qualification requirements do not apply to borrowers with no present housing payment: “… borrowers in the 620–639 FICO band and with no current housing payment cannot use alternative qualification requirements, but are not required to meet payment shock requirements.”

 

We will no longer require a seller-signed CD, but we will still require a copy of the CD provided to the seller. This will affect the following sections:

5.34.8 (Seller’s CD): Reworded, “A copy of the CD provided to the seller at closing is required on all transactions.”

8.9 (CD and Settlement Documentation): The bullet point regarding the seller’s CD has been reworded, “Closing Disclosure provided to the seller at closing/Seller’s Transaction.”

The first sentence of the final paragraph has been reworded, “CBC Mortgage Agency requires the borrower’s or borrowers’ signatures on the Closing Disclosure provided at closing. CBC Mortgage Agency also requires a copy of the CD provided to the seller at closing, but it does not have to be signed.”

8.9.1 (Preparation of the Closing Disclosure for a Seller): Reworded, “For a purchase transaction, the settlement agent is required to provide the seller with the CD reflecting the actual terms of the seller’s transaction. The settlement agent may comply with this requirement by providing the seller with a copy of the same CD provided to the consumer (buyer) if it also contains information relating to the seller’s transaction. CBC Mortgage Agency does not require the seller’s signature on the CD containing both buyer and seller transactions, even if a separate seller-signed CD is not provided, but CBCMA will still require a copy of the CD provided to the seller at closing. Alternatively, the settlement agent may provide the seller with a separate disclosure including only the information applicable to the seller’s transaction on the CD. If the seller’s disclosure is provided in a separate document, the settlement agent will provide the correspondent with a copy of the CD provided to the seller; CBCMA will require a copy of this document, but it does not have to be signed. The settlement agent will provide the seller its copy of the CD no later than the day of consummation.”

 

Pairing with the above, we will require the final settlement ALTA statement, which must be signed by the settlement agent. This has been added to the list of required documents in section 7.22 (Documentation—General Requirements).

 

Section 7.22.3 (Loans Where Property Taxes Are Due the Following Month After Purchase) has been deleted. The same information can be found in section 7.18 (Real Estate Taxes Due The Following Month After Loan Purchase) in more detail.

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Chenoa Fund Borrower Spotlight: Meet Sam

The Chenoa Fund Borrower Spotlight shares the stories of borrowers who used Chenoa Fund to become homeowners. Owning a home isn’t for everyone, but there are many Americans who could be homeowners with just a little bit of help. That’s where Chenoa Fund steps in. This is the story of Sam*, who purchased his home this year.

I am grateful to my sister for thinking of me. This does relate to buying my house. The time was about April/May 2020. My wife and I had been married for almost 14 years at the time, and we had spent a chunk of that time living at a hotel I managed, then to my parent’s basement for a couple years, and then ultimately an apartment for a couple more years. My sister had reached out to me and asked if I wanted to consider buying her house from her. She wanted to get a bigger yard for her kids and dogs. I thought long and hard about this for a couple days, and then decided to take the jump. Because I purchased from my sister, and she sold to me at a little bit of a reduced price, I had instant equity in the home. My wife would also be so happy, because she has wanted a home for quite some time. I let my sister know and I started working with a mortgage broker. Ultimately, [the broker] was not able to meet the timeline, due to my sister needing us to close by a specific date, so I went with the same lender my sister was using. I reached out to [CBC Mortgage Agency] from the beginning so that I could be able to use the Chenoa Fund DPA program for my home. I have been in the home since June 1st, and I love every minute of it.

We’re grateful that Sam was able to affordably achieve his dream of homeownership through Chenoa Fund. Sam is still living comfortably in his home today, and will be for years to come.

You can read about more borrowers who achieved the blessing of homeownership through Chenoa Fund here. Reach out to info@chenoafund.org to learn more about how you can offer Chenoa Fund, or to learn how to access Chenoa Fund in purchasing your future home.

 

*Borrower’s name changed to protect privacy.

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Chenoa Fund: Myth Versus Fact Quiz

Chenoa Fund: Myth Versus Fact Quiz

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Myth or Fact: Chenoa Fund down payment assistance has a universal minimum FICO requirement of 640.

Myth! The DPA Edge products have a minimum FICO requirement of 620.

 

Myth or Fact: CBC Mortgage Agency works through correspondent lenders to offer Chenoa Fund down payment assistance to borrowers.

Fact! CBCMA never offers Chenoa Fund directly to borrowers; Chenoa Fund is always offered through correspondents.

 

Myth or Fact: Chenoa Fund down payment assistance is offered in all 50 states.

Myth! Chenoa Fund is offered in 49 states; it is not offered in New York.

 

Myth or Fact: CBC Mortgage Agency funds the Chenoa Fund down payment assistance at closing.

Myth! The correspondent funds the Chenoa Fund down payment assistance at closing, then CBC Mortgage Agency later refunds the assistance amount to the correspondent.

 

Myth or Fact: The Rate Advantage product offers 3.5% assistance or 5% assistance.

Fact! Borrowers can choose between the two DPA amounts, the only difference being that the 5% assistance amount has a slightly higher rate on the first mortgage.

 

Myth or Fact: Chenoa Fund offers down payment assistance for Freddie loans.

Myth! Chenoa Fund currently only offers down payment assistance for Fannie Mae conventional and FHA loans.

 

Myth or Fact: All Chenoa Fund down payment assistance products are paired with a 30-year, fixed rate first mortgage.

Fact!

 

Myth or Fact: Chenoa Fund is never paired with muti-unit homes.

Myth! But, admittedly, almost a trick question. Only the DPA Edge products may be paired with multi-unit homes, and even then the maximum number of units is 2. The Rate Advantage, HomeReady®, and Conventional 97 products are all only paired with 1-unit homes.

 

Myth or Fact: All Chenoa Fund down payment assistance loans are repayable.

Myth! The DPA Edge Soft Second, for FHA loans, is a forgivable loan. Borrowers that make 36 consecutive, on-time payments on the first mortgage will see their second mortgage entirely forgiven if their second mortgage is the DPA Edge Soft Second.

 

Myth or Fact: Despite referring to all of its products as down payment assistance, Chenoa Fund assistance may also be applied towards closing costs and prepaid items.

Fact! Chenoa Fund’s down payment assistance may be applied towards the borrower’s minimum required investment, closing costs, and prepaid items. This is most applicable for assistance for conventional loans, where Chenoa Fund assistance is 3.5% and the minimum required investment is 3%, and the Rate Advantage product, where Chenoa Fund assistance may be 5% and the minimum required investment is 3.5%.

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20-12-07 Announcement—December 7 2020 Program Guidelines Update

12/07/2020

All policy changes and updates reference the appropriate Correspondent Lending Guide section below. These policy changes are effective 12/07/2020 unless otherwise noted.

Additionally, CBCMA has compiled all of its announcements related to COVID-19 into one section immediately following the Recent Updates and Announcements section (in the Correspondent Lending Guide itself). To review the program guidelines changes made November 16 or earlier, please follow this link to the archived Program Guidelines.

Due to changing industry needs, we retired our FHA Classic product on October 1. CBCMA will no longer accept registrations for this program. The FHA Classic product will remain on our Product Matrix for reference purposes until January 1st, 2021.

The down payment assistance second mortgage provided through Chenoa Fund is funded by the correspondent on behalf of CBCMA (a government entity), and CBCMA reimburses those funds advanced on our behalf at the time of first mortgage loan purchase. Even though this is the case, it is acceptable for correspondents to utilize their loss payee clause on both the first and second mortgages, but the verbiage “Its Successors and/or Assigns ATIMA” must be present on both. (ISAOA/ATIMA is an acceptable abbreviation of this verbiage.)

With the above announcement, section 10.2.1 (Loss Payee Change) has been changed to be section 5.37 (Loss Payee Clause), and will now read as follows:

Prior to purchase of the first mortgage and reimbursement of the second mortgage, the loss payee clause must be in the lender’s name and include the verbiage “Its Successors and/or Assigns ATIMA.” (ISAOA/ATIMA is an acceptable abbreviation of this verbiage.)

Alternatively, correspondents may use CBCMA’s loss payee clause on the second mortgage only. If this option is used, the second mortgage loss payee clause should be:

CBC Mortgage Agency ISAOA/ATIMA
912 W. Baxter, Suite 150
South Jordan, UT 84095

We’ve added a new section to the program guidelines, 5.38 (Disaster Certificates). It reads as follows:

In counties that have been deemed disaster areas by FEMA, CBCMA will require a 1004D disaster certificate OR a lender certificate, with exterior photos required for both. The certificate must be dated after the incident period.
In the case of wildfires that are ongoing nationwide, CBCMA will make an exception to allow the certification to be issued before the end date. The certification must be issued after the start of the incident and the loan must be insured with FHA.

It is solely the correspondent’s responsibility to be aware of and act upon any mortgage loans that were, prior to the sale to CBCMA, impacted by disasters. The correspondent should contact the appropriate source (e.g., a state office, regional Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) office, news agency, etc.) to determine whether properties located in its origination regions are included in a disaster area.

  • CBCMA’s Disaster Policy applies to any of the following:
  • FEMA-declared disaster areas eligible for Individual Assistance
  • Areas identified by CBCMA
  • Properties that the correspondent has reason to believe sustained damage in a disaster

CBCMA does not have the responsibility to notify the seller with regards to disaster areas. If, at any time after loan purchase, CBCMA or a subsequent investor determines that the subject property was damaged by a disaster and was not in fully marketable condition at time of sale, the loan will be subject to repurchase.

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FHFA Announces 2021 Conforming Loan Limits

FHFA has announced that the conforming loan limits for 2021 will increase to $548,250. (Find the original announcement here.) CBCMA always follows Agency guidelines with regards to loan limits; conventional loans at or under this limit may qualify for Chenoa Fund down payment assistance, provided they meet Chenoa Fund’s other requirements. Conventional high balance loans, however, will not.

 

When FHA announces updated loan limits, CBCMA will follow these limits as well, although Chenoa Fund accepts high balance FHA loans in addition to FHA loans that meet FHA’s loan limits.

 

What does this mean for borrowers? For many borrowers, this won’t change anything, unless your loan was already just above the loan limit. However, for borrowers that were just above the previous limit, this is great news, as they now have access to better interest rates and Chenoa Fund down payment assistance.

 

If you’re looking to purchase a home that now meets FHFA’s conforming loan limits and would like financial assistance, consider Chenoa Fund. Chenoa Fund is offered in every state except for New York, providing exemplary service to borrowers in need of down payment and closing cost assistance. Because Chenoa Fund works through lenders nationwide, your lender might already be able to offer you Chenoa Fund—you can ask your loan officer to find out.

 

Conventional Offerings

Chenoa Fund offers 3.5% assistance for Conventional 97 and HomeReady conventional loans. That’s enough assistance to cover the minimum down payment required for a conventional loan and to provide a little help with closing costs. With FHFA’s new conforming loan limits, even more borrowers can take advantage of our low interest rates to retain their savings and get into their dream home.

 

FHA Offerings

Chenoa Fund has many down payment assistance options for FHA loans, most of which provide 3.5% assistance, the exact amount necessary to cover a minimum down payment. However, Chenoa Fund’s Rate Advantage product also has a 5% assistance option, allowing the loan to help cover closing costs. With a forgivable loan offered through the DPA Edge product, Chenoa Fund’s line of FHA offerings are flexible enough to meet the needs of almost any borrower.

 

Reach out to our Information Desk at info@chenoafund.org to learn more!

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