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Volume 2014 - Number 15

July 18, 2014

Mixed Feedback on CFPB’s QM DTI Ratio Query

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s request for comments on whether to allow for a right to cure on debt-to-income ratio issues for qualified mortgages prompted the typical divisions between lenders and consumer advocates. Lenders suggest that borrowers would benefit from the adjustment to QM standards, while consumer advocates warn that the change would weaken QM protections and encourage sloppy underwriting. The 43 percent DTI ratio standard for ...

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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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