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Volume 25 - Number 2

January 20, 2014

Industry Reps Rattle Off Many Suggested Changes to ATR Rule

With the mortgage industry having failed to delay implementation of the CFPB’s ability-to-repay rule/qualified mortgage standard, industry representatives have shifted gears and are now pressing for numerous alterations to the bureau’s controversial rule, which took effect Jan. 10. During a hearing last week before the House Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, the Mortgage Bankers Association had a number of recommendations, including abandoning the “rebuttable presumption” level of legal...

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HUD has announced a 25 basis point cut in FHA premiums, which is slated to take effect in late January. Is your lending shop for or against a cut in FHA premiums?

For. It should help lending volumes.
Against. The private MI sector should take on this risk, not the government.
Too early to say.
I believe the new White House may scuttle the idea so it doesn’t matter.

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