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Volume 2014 - Number 12

June 6, 2014

ATR’s Documentation Requirements Bite Lender

Officials at Hudson City Bancorp said the jumbo portfolio lender is facing a significant loss of potential originations this year due to the documentation requirements included in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s ability-to-repay rule. In January, Hudson City stopped offering mortgages with reduced-documentation standards due to the implementation of the ATR rule. Such loans accounted for 22.0 percent of the lender’s $3.44 billion in production in 2013. “We discontinued...

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HUD has announced a 25 basis point cut in FHA premiums, which is slated to take effect in late January. Is your lending shop for or against a cut in FHA premiums?

For. It should help lending volumes.
Against. The private MI sector should take on this risk, not the government.
Too early to say.
I believe the new White House may scuttle the idea so it doesn’t matter.

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