Who Owns My Mortgage Loan?

Who Owns My Mortgage Loan?
How to Lookup the Actual Owner of Your Mortgage Loan

Most people would be surprised to learn that it is likely that the bank or mortgage company they send their monthly mortgage payment to does not actually own their loan.  That bank or mortgage company is very often just servicing the mortgage loan on behalf of the owner (referred to as the “Investor” in the mortgage industry).  If the loan was conventional (i.e. 20% down including so-called 80/20 loans with a 1st and 2nd mortgage loan), or subprime, the Investor on the mortgage loan is probably another financial institution, or more likely Fannie Mae (Federal National Mortgage Association) or Freddie Mac (Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation).  It is important to know who owns your mortgage loan since it impacts your loan modification, foreclosure prevention and short sale options.  For example, currently Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac do not pursue deficiency balances (the amount of the mortgage loan remaining unpaid after the closing of a short sale).  This is very important since it will allow borrowers to walk away after a short sale closing without having to worry about Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac pursuing them for the unpaid loan balance.  Below are a few ways you can find out who owns your conventional or subprime loan (not every loan will be found):

  • Mortgage Electronic Registration System (MERS®) Servicer Identification System – According to the MERS website, “MERS was created by the mortgage banking industry to streamline the mortgage process by using electronic commerce to eliminate paper. Our mission is to register every mortgage loan in the United States on the MERS® System. Beneficiaries of MERS include mortgage originators, servicers, warehouse lenders, wholesale lenders, retail lenders, document custodians, settlement agents, title companies, insurers, investors, county recorders and consumers. MERS acts as nominee in the county land records for the lender and servicer. Any loan registered on the MERS® System is inoculated against future assignments because MERS remains the nominal mortgagee no matter how many times servicing is traded. MERS as original mortgagee (MOM) is approved by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Ginnie Mae, FHA and VA, California and Utah Housing Finance Agencies, as well as all of the major Wall Street rating agencies. “
  • Fannie Mae Loan Lookup – Collectively, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac own in excess of 50% of all the mortgage loans in the US so this is a good place to lookup your loan.
  • Freddie Mac Loan Lookup – Collectively, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae own in excess of 50% of all the mortgage loans in the US so this is also a good place to lookup your loan.

If you have an Federal Housing Agency (FHA) insured mortgage loan (i.e. a United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) insured mortgage loan), a Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA) grant type mortgage loan, or a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Housing Development mortgage loan then you will need to contact your loan servicer with questions regarding a loan modification, foreclosure prevention, or a short sale. If your loan servicer is not responsive, or not helpful then I recommend that you contact the applicable authority (see below):

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