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Volume 25 - Number 2

January 20, 2014

Bank of the West Swims Against QM Tide to Offer IO Mortgages

While most mortgage lenders continue to insist they won’t originate new loans that fall outside the CFPB’s “qualified mortgage” parameters, one notable exception is San Francisco-based Bank of the West, which recently announced it will continue to offer interest-only mortgages, despite the fact such loans do not qualify for QM status. “We extensively reviewed the CFPB’s rules and found them broadly consistent with how Bank of the West has always done business,” said Paul Wible, senior executive vice president and head of the bank’s...

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After the November elections, how long will it take for a new Congress and White House to pass GSE reform legislation?

I’m confident a bill will be passed the first year.


2 to 3 years. GSE reform is complicated.


Sadly it won’t happen in a Clinton or Trump first term.


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