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Volume 2014 - Number 4

January 30, 2014

QM Effect on Manufactured Housing Surprisingly Takes Center Stage as Cordray Clashes With GOP

Concerns about the potential harmful effects that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s qualified-mortgage standard might have in the manufactured housing sector struck like lighting at a hearing of the House Financial Services Committee this week, with CFPB Director Richard Cordray bristling at a perceived personal attack from a GOP member and demanding he be treated with respect. Storm clouds quickly gathered as Rep. Steve Pearce, R-NM, complained that the bureau’s QM rules and restrictions on high-cost loans would pretty much exclude manufactured housing – and then accused Cordray of deliberately trying to squash lower-income families. “Fifty percent of the homes in New Mexico are...

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