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Volume 5 - Number 27

December 21, 2012

HUD Will Have Its Regulatory Plate Full in 2013

Despite the renewed focus on the FHA in the wake of the recent actuarial report, analysts do not expect any meaningful action in 2013 given the important role that FHA plays in supporting the housing market. But that does not mean that the Department of Housing and Urban Development will be sitting idly by next year. It has a lot of additional measures to implement to protect and preserve the FHA Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan told Senate lawmakers recently during a hearing on the condition of the fund. The changes are both ...

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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.
There won’t be any significant elimination of underwriting overlays until the government stops seeking huge mortgage-related penalties and settlements from lenders.
There shouldn’t be any expansion of the mortgage credit box since looser underwriting is what caused the recent mortgage crisis.

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