Issuers of Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed securities (MBS) make a significant contribution to the expansion of affordable housing opportunities in America. Applicants must therefore demonstrate that they have the organizational, financial, procedural, quality control, and other necessary characteristics that will qualify them to participate in the program.
The Ginnie Mae MBS Guide is an invaluable resource when applying for Issuer status. In it you will find discussions about eligibility requirements, Issuer responsibilities, the application process as well as the applications themselves.
Eligibility requirements are the same for both the Ginnie Mae I and Ginnie Mae II MBS programs. One application qualifies applicants to issue securities under both programs, except those applying to issue only multifamily securities.
For more information about how to become a Ginnie Mae Issuer or to check on the status of your submitted application, please e-mail us at USDeloitteGinnieMaeSFApplications@deloitte.com or call us at (202) 758-1950.
Ginnie Mae requires its Issuers to meet the following minimum criteria:
Issuers must be approved FHA mortgagees in good standing. A mortgagee approved only as an FHA loan correspondent is not eligible to be a Ginnie Mae Issuer.
Issuers must possess demonstrated experience and management capacity in the underwriting, origination, and servicing of mortgage loans. Issuers may utilize a Ginnie Mae approved sub-servicer; however, the Issuer must have an individual on its staff to oversee the sub-servicer’s performance. This individual must possess at least three years of broad servicing experience.
Issuers must have fidelity bond and a "mortgagee errors and omissions" policy in effect.
Issuers must have a quality control plan in place for underwriting, originating, and servicing mortgage loans as well as for secondary marketing.
Each Issuer applicant is evaluated on an individual basis and approval is granted at Ginnie Mae’s sole discretion. Therefore, approval is not guaranteed by simply meeting our minimum eligibility requirements. See Chapter 2 of the Ginnie Mae MBS Guide.
Applicants are required to file applications for Ginnie Mae Issuer approval electronically via Ginnie Mae's new Application Connection portal, which can be accessed here: New Issuer Application. All applicants will need to submit the information listed in the Ginnie Mae Issuer Application Checklist. Once an applicant has registered on Application Connection, the applicant will have thirty days to complete the application.
Ginnie Mae has revised Chapters 2, 3, 4 and 7 of the Ginnie Mae Mortgage-Backed Securities Guide 5500.3, Rev.1 (MBS Guide) to address the new application process and eligibility requirements.
Please direct any questions you may have about the application and Issuer eligibility for approval to Ginnie Mae's application hotline at (202) 475-7826.
Issuer Application Resources
Issuer responsibilities include the following:
Acquiring or originating eligible mortgages and forming eligible pools or loan packages.
Establishing and maintaining proper P&I, escrow custodial, and other pertinent accounts, payments, and funds. Chapter 16 of the Ginnie Mae MBS Guide contains details about the various accounts.
Obtaining and working with an eligible document custodian. Chapter 13 of the Ginnie Mae MBS Guide contains information about the documents that must be placed with a document custodian.
Marketing or holding the securities backed by the pool or loan package.
Servicing the mortgages in the pool or loan package or contracting with a service bureau to service them.
Administering the outstanding securities:
Ginnie Mae I MBS Program - For certificated securities, the Issuer must make timely payment of all amounts due to security holders and the guaranty fee due to Ginnie Mae. For book-entry securities, the Issuer must make funds available to the Central Payment and Transfer Agent central P&I account for all amounts due to the security holders and the guaranty fee due to Ginnie Mae.
Ginnie Mae II MBS Program - The Issuer must make funds available to the Central Payment and Transfer Agent in the central P&I account for all amounts due to security holders and the guaranty fee due to Ginnie Mae.
Under both programs, the Issuer must use its own resources to cover shortfalls in amounts due to security holders or to Ginnie Mae resulting from insufficient collections on the mortgage collateral.
Submitting required monthly, quarterly, and other reports and certifications to Ginnie Mae. See Chapter 17 of the Ginnie Mae MBS Guide for more information about the reports and certifications.