Guideline: ALTA Endorsement 06 and 6-06 (Variable Rate Mortgage)


Each of these endorsements insures against invalidity, unenforceability or loss of priority of the lien of the insured mortgage by reason of provisions for changes in the rate of interest. Form 6.2 insures against invalidity, loss of priority or unenforceability of the lien of the insured mortgage by reason of interest on interest or the addition of unpaid interest to the principal balance. None of the endorsements increase the face amount of the Policy. Each endorsement excludes usury, consumer credit protection, and Truth-in-Lending laws.

Endorsement 6 is issued with a 1992 ALTA Loan Policy.  Endorsement 6-06 is issued with a 2006 ALTA Loan Policy.

Underwriting Requirements:

(1) On residential transactions, the endorsement may be issued in conjunction with the Loan Policy so long as the mortgage or mortgage rider refers to the variable rate features of the interest rate and, where applicable, to the negative amortization provisions. The interest rate should be determined by an objective formula not within the control of the lender (e.g., its own "prime rate"). If negative amortization is provided, we generally require that the mortgage state the maximum amount of amortization possible. Do not issue the Form 6.2 without underwriter consent if the lender receives appreciation, contingent interest or a portion of cash flow. Any applicable state law limiting the effectiveness of such features on commercial transactions must be analyzed.

(2) In addition, you should except to any applicable state law limiting the effectiveness of variable rate mortgage provisions.

The underwriting guidelines contained herein have been provided for general reference. The facts, circumstances, and location of the subject property should be considered when determining the issuance of the requested form or endorsement. Please note that all of the forms and endorsements included in this system may not be available in all states. Accordingly, please contact the appropriate Stewart Title Guaranty Company underwriting personnel in order to determine availability.

Compliance with the underwriting guidelines contained herein in no way obligates Stewart Title Guaranty Company to issue any form or endorsement.