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Volume 23 - Number 23

November 12, 2012

Feds Make Another Stab at a National Mortgage Database

The CFPB and the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the regulator and conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, have agreed to work together on setting up a National Mortgage Database, something officials hope will be the first comprehensive repository of detailed mortgage loan information. The National Mortgage Database is to include information spanning the life of a mortgage loan from origination through servicing and incorporate a variety of borrower characteristics. Specifically, the database will feature...

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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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