Dodd-Frank Act

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June 26, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Handbook FAQs Hold No Surprises, But More Guidance Expected

The frequently-asked-questions guidance to using the FHA’s consolidated Single Family Policy Handbook is good to have though it shows just how complicated the FHA’s mortgage origination process is, according to lenders. In fact, the updated FHA handbook could still be confusing to borrowers simply because a lot more information is concentrated in one source, lenders said. According to the FHA, the more than 290 FAQs will enable lenders to make operation adjustments before the handbook goes into effect on Sept. 14, 2015. The FAQs are for information purposes only and do not apply to current FHA policies. They do not establish or modify policy contained in the handbook. The FAQs reiterate information in the handbook under headings such as Credit Underwriting, Closing and Insuring, FHA System Support and Consumer Information. Industry observers noted that the FAQs did not ...


June 15, 2015 - Inside the CFPB

Congressional Democrats Revive Defeated Reg-Relief Provisions

Democratic leadership in the Senate and the House have introduced the Community Lender Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act of 2015 as an alternative to the GOP-sponsored regulatory relief bill approved by the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee. Most of the provisions in the Democrat legislation were proposed as amendments to the Senate bill and rejected by the Republican majority. The Democrat bill would grant qualified-mortgage status for loans held in portfolio, but only for smaller financial institutions. Banks and credit unions with less than $2 billion in consolidated assets which originate fewer than 2,000 mortgages per year could make loans that exceed the 43 percent debt-to-income ratio under the QM standard and still receive safe harbor status ...


June 11, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Industry Groups Appeal to Congress Again for Formal ‘Hold-Harmless’ TRID Enforcement Period

Nearly a score of industry trade groups sent a letter this week to the leadership of the House Financial Services Committee, urging them to pass legislation to provide a reasonable hold-harmless period for enforcement of the CFPB’s TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosures (TRID) regulation for lenders trying to do their best to comply. “We appreciate that the bureau indicated it will be sensitive to the progress made by those entities that make good-faith efforts to comply,” the 19 groups said in a letter to Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-TX, and Ranking Member Maxine Waters, D-CA. “At the same time, the industry needs...


June 4, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

CFPB Says It Will be ‘Sensitive’ to Lenders on TRID Compliance, Suggesting Some Enforcement Leniency

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau indicated this week that it will be somewhat accommodating to mortgage lenders when it comes to enforcing the pending integrated disclosure rule under the Truth in Lending Act and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act. The agency confirmed in a blog post that it delivered a letter to members of Congress stating that its oversight of the TRID rule “will be sensitive to the progress made by those entities that have been squarely focused on making good-faith efforts to come into compliance with the rule on time.” The agency also said...


June 1, 2015 - Inside the CFPB

Regulatory Relief: Lenders, Don’t Get Too Excited Just Yet

Lenders are so amped up about the CFPB’s pending integrated disclosure rule and the host of other mortgage-related and other financial services regulations from the bureau that they can be forgiven for getting excited about the prospect of regulatory relief from sympathizers in Congress. However, the bill that made its way out of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, the Financial Regulatory Improvement Act of 2015, introduced by Sen. Richard Shelby, R-AL, is really just the first serious episode of what will likely be a series of mini-dramas to come in the weeks and months ahead. So lenders shouldn’t get their hopes up just yet, some observers suggest. “It’s a starter,” said Bob Davis, head of mortgage markets ...


June 1, 2015 - Inside the CFPB

Reg Relief Bill Aims to Expand QM Status, Tweaks Other Rules

The Republican version of regulatory relief legislation that passed out of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee recently revises a handful of CFPB rulemakings in a number of key areas, most notably in liberalizing the criteria for qualified mortgage status under the CFPB’s ability-to-repay rule. However, the lender/creditor would have to hold the loan in portfolio from its inception, or any acquirer of the loan must continue to hold it in portfolio. Additionally, the mortgage cannot have been acquired through securitization, nor can it have certain forbidden features, like negative amortization, interest-only provisions, or a loan term in excess of 30 years. Further, the lender would be required to document the borrower’s income, employment, assets and credit history...


May 29, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

GNMA Cautiously Embraces New Entrants Despite Lingering Doubts

New entrants in the Ginnie Mae issuer community expand access to credit at lower cost, deepen the market for Ginnie mortgage servicing rights and help address the agency’s “too-big-to-fail” issue, said the agency’s top executive. “Our top concern is that issuers have the operational and financial strength to meet issuer/servicer obligations,” Tozer said during the recent secondary market conference sponsored by the Mortgage Bankers Association. The flood of new nonbank issuers into the program has been well documented. While they have diluted the heavy concentration of business in the hands of a few megabanks, many have complex financial structures that are less tested in the marketplace, he said. The pipeline of issuer applicants has dropped dramatically, the Ginnie executive reported. To get approved, an applicant has to show where the cash will come from to ...


May 29, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Fed Economist Suggests Insurance for Structured Finance Investors as a Way to Prevent Another Collapse of Market

A new analysis by an economist at the Federal Reserve suggests that the Dodd-Frank Act’s risk-retention requirements won’t adequately address the issues that caused the structured finance market to essentially freeze in 2007. A paper by Alyssa Anderson suggests a deposit insurance-like agreement between investors and private market firms or the government would better protect investors from losses and reduce ambiguity. She stressed that increased uncertainty about securities, the potential length and depth of a downturn and possible government intervention contribute to investors shying away from securitization markets. “Given the presence of ambiguity, the market freeze can persist...


May 22, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Economists See Lending Surge in Fuzzy Outlook

Mortgage originations are already off to a better start in 2015, and industry economists are predicting, on average, a 15 percent increase from last year’s sluggish output. But uncertain prospects in the housing market point toward a decline in mortgage originations next year, according to forecasters at the secondary market conference sponsored this week by the Mortgage Bankers Association. 2015 should bring the strongest housing sales volume since 2007, said Leonard Kiefer, deputy chief economist at Freddie Mac. Sales activity was decent over the winter, despite severe weather in many areas, but the market has yet to get back to normal. Freddie looks...[Includes one data table]


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