Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have been directed by their regulator to record — beginning in 2010 — identification numbers for loan officers, appraisers and others involved in originating mortgages they purchase in the secondary market.

The names of these origination professionals will not be recorded and instead each will be given a number under a new national registry for mortgage professionals.

Requiring "identifiers" will allow the GSEs to "monitor performance and trends of their loans," said Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) director James Lockhart. "If originators or appraisers have contributed to the incidences of mortgage fraud, these identifiers allow the enterprises to get to the root of the problem and address the issues."

A nationwide licensing and registry system that goes into effect June 30 requires all loan officers and mortgage brokers to have a unique identification number.

But the GSE regulator is taking it a step further by insisting on appraiser identifiers. FHFA maintains it is important to detect negligence and fraud. In addition, Fannie and Freddie will be changing their systems to collect loan originator and company identifiers.

"Simultaneously implementing collection of appraiser identifiers would be reasonable and practical," the agency said.

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