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Volume 2014 - Number 18

May 8, 2014

All Mortgages Held in Portfolio Would be QM Under Legislation Passed by House Committee

During a legislative markup session this week, the House Financial Services Committee approved H.R. 2673, the Portfolio Lending and Mortgage Access Act, introduced by Rep. Andy Barr, R-KY, which would deem all mortgages held in portfolio to be qualified mortgages under the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s ability-to-repay rule. Republican supporters characterized the bill as the ultimate “skin in the game” measure and noted it was specifically drafted to avoid the pitfalls of the “originate to distribute” model so heavily criticized for contributing to the financial crisis. But Democrat opponents said...

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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.

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