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Fannie Mae allows investors to mortgage more properties
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WASHINGTON – Feb. 9, 2009 – Fannie Mae modified a policy that allowed real estate investors to have only four financed properties. The number can now be five to 10, depending on whether certain eligibility, underwriting and delivery requirements are met. Florida Association of Realtors® (FAR) President Cynthia Shelton raised the investment issue with Fannie Mae officials last week.

“Many of our members have voiced concerns about Fannie Mae limiting investors to four properties,” says FAR Vice President of Public Policy John Sebree. “This comes as good news.”

The change is noted in a just-released update of Fannie Mae’s “Multiple Mortgages to the Same Borrower Policy.” The change is effective March 1. To qualify, borrowers must meet Fannie Mae’s criteria. They cannot, for example, have a history of recent bankruptcy, or a delinquency payment over the past 12 months.

Fannie Mae offers more information about its new policy in Announcement 09-02, released on Friday. To download the policy guidance (PDF format) and get more information on qualifying and underwriting, go to:


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