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Fannie Mae Executes CIRT Transaction on $19B of Single-Family Loans

Fannie Mae announced that it has executed its sixth Credit Insurance Risk Transfer (CIRT) transaction of 2022. As part of Fannie Mae's ongoing effort to reduce taxpayer risk by increasing the role of private capital in the mortgage market, CIRT 2022-6 transferred $725 million of mortgage credit risk to private insurers and reinsurers.

Since inception to date, Fannie Mae has acquired approximately $19.9 billion of insurance coverage on $675.9 billion of single-family loans through the CIRT program, measured at the time of issuance for both post-acquisition (bulk), and front-end transactions.

"We appreciate our continued partnership with the 24 insurers and reinsurers that have committed to write coverage for this deal," said Rob Schaefer, Fannie Mae VP for Capital Markets.

The covered loan pool for CIRT 2022-6 consists of approximately 63,000 single-family mortgage loans with an outstanding unpaid principal balance of approximately $19.3 billion. The covered pool includes collateral with loan-to-value ratios of 60.01 percent to 80.00 percent acquired between August 2021 and September 2021. The loans included in this transaction are fixed-rate, generally 30-year term, fully amortizing mortgages and were underwritten using rigorous credit standards and enhanced risk controls.

With CIRT 2022-6, which became effective May 1, 2022, Fannie Mae will retain risk for the first 55 basis points of loss on the $19.3 billion covered loan pool. If the $106.3 million retention layer is exhausted, 24 insurers and reinsurers will cover the next 375 basis points of loss on the pool, up to a maximum coverage of $725 million.

Coverage for this deal is provided based upon actual losses for a term of 12.5 years. Depending on the paydown of the insured pool and the principal amount of insured loans that become seriously delinquent, the aggregate coverage amount may be reduced at the one-year anniversary and each month thereafter. The coverage on this deal may be canceled by Fannie Mae at any time on or after the five-year anniversary of the effective date by paying a cancellation fee.

As of March 31, 2022, approximately $906 billion in outstanding UPB of loans in our single-family conventional guaranty book of business were included in a reference pool for a credit risk transfer transaction.

About Author: Demetria Lester

Demetria C. Lester is a reporter for DS News and MReport, with more than six years of writing experience. She has served as Editor-in-Chief at Northlake College and staff writer at her alma mater, the University of Texas at Arlington. She has covered events such as the Byron Nelson, Pac-12 Conferences, the Women in Dallas Film Festival, to freelance work with the Dallas Wings and D Magazine. Currently located in Dallas, Texas, she is an avid jazz lover and reader. She can be reached at [email protected]
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