Mortgage servicers are going to face many challenges in processing loan modifications of subprime adjustable-rate mortgages, including the capacity of their systems to deal with the loan impairment requirements of Financial Accounting Standard 114.Mortgage servicers are concerned that "they don't have the systems infrastructure in place today" to manage loan modifications in compliance with FAS 114, Steve Davies of PricewaterhouseCoopers told a meeting of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants on Nov. 30. Once a loan is modified, it has to be evaluated for impairment on an individual basis to determine the loss. Servicers generally evaluate groups of mortgages segmented into loan types. Industry groups are expected to ask the Financial Accounting Standards Board for some relief.

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