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Volume 2012 - Number 26

December 21, 2012

Broader Exemption Considered on Servicing Rules

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is considering expanding the size and scope of the exemption on its pending final rule regarding servicing practices, according to agency officials. The CFPB also downplayed concerns that the servicing rule will expand loss-mitigation options beyond those approved by mortgage investors. During a webinar this week hosted by Inside Mortgage Finance, Mitchell Hochberg, regulatory counsel at the CFPB, said the agency is “very heavily” thinking about ...

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What is it going to take to convince lenders to loosen the credit box (i.e., remove underwriting overlays)?

The recent rep and warranty changes announced by the Federal Housing Finance Agency should go a long way in protecting lenders from future buybacks and help expand mortgage credit.
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