Document Custodians must verify certain information contained in the Notes and related documents for the Mortgages sold to Freddie Mac and certify those verifications and that the documents are original. We refer to this process as “certification” or “certifying” the Notes.
This chapter details our requirements for certifying Notes delivered to Freddie Mac, including those sold with a Concurrent Transfer of Servicing. For information on Subsequent Transfers of Servicing, see Guide Section 7101.1 and Chapter 5 of this Handbook. Unless the Document Custodian receives a copy of the Purchase Documents between the Seller/Servicer and Freddie Mac, (including the first page with the Seller/Servicer number, the pages with the exceptions detailed, and the signature pages), the Document Custodian must not deviate from the requirements of this Handbook or the Guide.
The information in this chapter is intended to help you fulfill your responsibilities as an approved Document Custodian. This Handbook is a reference tool that complements Freddie Mac’s Single-Family Seller/Servicer Guide. It does not replace the requirements in the Guide, and in the event of a conflict, the Guide controls.
Before you may accept a delivery of Notes from a Seller, Freddie Mac must approve you as a Document Custodian for the Servicer that will service the Mortgages. Refer to Chapter 1 of this Handbook for additional information on becoming an approved Document Custodian.
Sellers may use independent delivery agents, particularly for bulk or seasoned loan portfolio sales. If such an agent contacts you or you receive loan data with respect to the Mortgages from a third party, you must ask to see written evidence of its relationship with the Seller, such as a copy of the first and signature pages of their contract with the Seller or the paragraph in the Freddie Mac Master Commitment that recognizes the agency arrangement. You may rely on the representations of such an agent as if the Seller made them, as the Seller remains liable for the accuracy and completeness of all data. Contact Freddie Mac if you have any questions regarding delivery by an agent. See Guide Directory 9.