Subservicer Oversight Best Practices

With our emphasis on servicing and subservicing right now, we thought it would be a good time to once again answer one of the more general questions surrounding subservicer oversight with a #ThrowbackThursday FAQ.

 

Question:

 

How do I ensure my subservicer is following its policies and procedures?

 

Answer:

 

The GSEs require all subservicers to follow GSE guidelines when servicing loans. When utilizing a subservicer, the master servicer should have an oversight policy in place to ensure compliance. The policy should establish the master servicer’s servicing Quality Control (“QC”) Program and include, at a minimum:

  • Procedures demonstrating how the master servicer verifies that the subservicer is actually following its own procedures;
  • An explanation of how the master servicer implements quality control audits and when and how often such audits will be performed;
  • A method to track subservicer servicing errors and deficiencies, as well as any remediation plans; and
  • As a best practice, an annual onsite visit that permits the master servicer to sit with key subservicing staff to understand the staff’s day-to-day process and reconcile it against the subservicer’s written policies and procedures.

Subservicer deficiencies may range from warnings to heavy fines up to and including loss of the ability to service loans, therefore, it is important to ensure proper subservicer oversight and monitoring.