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April 30, 2014

Short Takes: New Coalition Group Forms to Preserve Fannie and Freddie / Former Senator Kerrey Front and Center at Pro-GSE Group / Mortgage Applications Tumble / CFPB Gives Lenders a Break on Points-and-Fees Cap / The Cost of HAMP Rises

By Paul Muolo and Brandon Ivey and Thomas Ressler

A new trade group is showing true love for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Also, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is giving lenders some breathing room on the Qualified Mortgage/Ability-to-Repay rule.

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With rates higher this year, there has been talk of lenders liberalizing their underwriting standards in an effort to increase volume and make up for lower refis.

Do you think your shop will loosen standards over the coming three months?

Yes, but not by much.
Yes, by a lot.
Yes and, heck, we may even do non-QM lending.
No, not at all.
No and we may even tighten credit.

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