This letter conveys various questions and answers regarding the management of OREO by institutions regulated by the Federal Reserve. During the recent financial crisis, financial institutions have experienced a rise in OREO caused by general weaknesses in the housing market, including increases in delinquencies and defaults, house price declines, and weaknesses in the structure of a number of commercial real estate financings. The attached Questions and Answers for Federal Reserve-Regulated Institutions Related to the Management of Other Real Estate Owned (OREO) Assets document (Q&A document) is intended to clarify existing policies and promote prudent practices for the management of an institution’s OREO assets, addressing both safety-and-soundness policies and consumer compliance issues.
Author: Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
Date of Publication: July 6, 2012
Last Updated: July 6, 2012