Disaster Policy

Disaster Overview

PennyMac considers a Disaster any event that causes substantial damage. Disasters include but are not limited to:

  • Hurricanes/Tropical Storms
  • Earthquakes
  • Floods
  • Landslides
  • Tornadoes
  • Wildfires
  • Volcanic eruptions
  • Nuclear accidents
  • Terrorist attacks
  • Thunderstorms

Disaster Awareness

It is the Correspondent’s sole responsibility to be aware of and act upon any mortgage loans impacted by disasters prior to the sale to PennyMac.

The Correspondent should contact the appropriate source e.g., state office, regional Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offices, news agency, etc. to determine whether properties located in its origination regions are included in the disaster areas.

PennyMac’s Disaster Policy applies to any of the following:

  • FEMA declared disaster areas eligible for Individual Assistance.
  • Areas identified by PennyMac.
  • Properties that the Correspondent has reason to believe sustained damage in a disaster.

Documentation Requirements

Appraisals completed on or before the incident period end date

Prior to purchase, PennyMac will require a post disaster inspection confirming the property has not been adversely affected by the disaster. The Lender can utilize any of the following re-inspection options:

  • Property Inspection Report (Form 2075).
  • Appraisal Update and/or Completion Report (Form 1004D)
  • Certification from a Licensed Property Inspector
  • Post-disaster inspection from an established and reputable service provider, with post-disaster photos that clearly demonstrate the property has not been adversely affected by the disaster.
  • Lender Certification with post-disaster photos that clearly demonstrate the property has not been adversely affected by the disaster. The Certification must not be executed by an employee that receives direct compensation from the subject transaction.

Appraisals completed after the incident period end date

For a period of 90 days from the incident period end date, full appraisals are required on impacted properties. In the report, the appraiser must confirm the property has not been adversely affected by the disaster.

Loans without an Appraisal

PennyMac will consider the note date as the appraisal date. Correspondents must apply the disaster policy above based on the note date when the loan does not have an appraisal. This includes conventional loans with an appraisal waiver, FHA Streamline, VA IRRRL, and USDA Streamlined-Assist programs.

Conventional Loans with Appraisal Waivers

In order for the Correspondent to confirm properties have not been damaged by a disaster, PennyMac will require a property inspection per the above on all conventional loans with an appraisal waiver. In addition, Correspondents may exercise appraisal waivers approved by DU and LPA after a disaster in accordance with the applicable Agency guidelines.

Warranty

By the sale of the loan to PennyMac, the Correspondent warrants that the subject property is in marketable condition and that there are no repairs or other detrimental conditions to the subject property at the time of sale.

PennyMac is not responsible to provide notification to the Correspondent of disaster areas. If at any time after loan purchase, PennyMac or a subsequent investor, determines that the subject property was damaged and not in fully marketable condition at time of sale, the loan is subject to repurchase.