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April 17, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Mortgage Complaints to CFPB See Big Drop From Year Ago, Mostly on Plunge in Loan-Mod Gripes

Total consumer complaints to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau rose 34 percent year-over-year in the first quarter, but gripes about home mortgages fell 29.3 percent from year-ago levels, according to a new analysis by Inside the CFPB, an affiliated newsletter. The strong improvement from last year was driven largely by a 46.8 percent plunge in grievances about loan modifications. But complaints about servicing in general were up 21.4 percent from the first quarter of last year, while the other five mortgage-related categories were lower. Gripes having to do with loan application or other origination-related issues fell 26.7 percent from the first quarter of 2013. The number of gripes that were responded to in a timely manner fell...

April 17, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Small Lender Groups Seek Changes to Johnson-Crapo Proposal as Liberal Senators Disparage Bill’s Chances

The drumbeat of opposition to the Senate’s housing finance reform legislation grew louder this week after a coalition of small lender groups said the proposal needs to be modified. Some lawmakers are openly disparaging the bill’s prospects, prompting open speculation that the scheduled April 29 markup will be postponed. The bipartisan housing-finance reform bill crafted by Sens. Tim Johnson, D-SD, and Mike Crapo, R-ID, would replace Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac with a new secondary-market structure through which a variety of private entities could issue mortgage-backed securities with a partial government guaranty. It specifically provides for one or more mutually-owned companies that would provide access for smaller lenders. The proposed legislation also sets up...

April 17, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Both Purchase-Mortgage and Refinance Volume Down Sharply in Agency Activity

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae saw much lower business volume in both purchase-money mortgages and refinance loans during the first quarter of 2014, according to a new Inside Mortgage Finance analysis and ranking. The agencies securitized a total of $95.9 billion of purchase mortgages during the first three months of the year, down 28.8 percent from the previous quarter. That was a steeper decline than in refinance volume, which slid 24.7 percent from the fourth quarter of 2013. Compared to a year ago, the purchase market continued...[Includes three data charts]

April 16, 2014 - IMFnews

DeMarco Touts Common Securitization Platform on His Way Out

With Mel Watt remaining silent, Ed DeMarco used one of his last days at the Federal Housing Finance Agency to reminisce.

April 15, 2014 - IMFnews

GSEs Will Comply with Chicago's Vacant Property Rule But Not Pay Under Settlement by FHFA

The FHFA and Chicago settled a legal battle that started in November 2011 regarding maintenance and fees for vacant properties.

April 15, 2014 - IMFnews

SHORT TAKES: Negative Outlook / Fannie to Assess Late Fees / Servicers Implement CFPB Rules / Crowdfunding Servicing Purchases / Johnson-Crapo Outlook

DBRS suggests it's likely that most of the U.S. population won't be able to qualify for a mortgage any time soon...

April 11, 2014 - IMFnews

What We’re Hearing: Mel Watt Doing His Homework? / Coming Soon (Maybe) From FHFA: LLPA Relief / RIP: The First-Time Homebuyer / Blame Sandra Thompson? / Bank of America Loan Officers Getting Cherry-Picked / Ocwen Hangs Up on Borrower

FHFA Director Mel Watt may have something to say soon on the topic of Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac loan level price adjustments, commonly known as LLPAs. As for the GSE 'Scorecard'...

April 10, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Community Banks Continue Battering at Dodd-Frank While MBA Presses for Flexibility to Fix Problems

It will be difficult to tell whether the Dodd-Frank Act is driving waves of small lenders out of the mortgage market or whether a severe drought in new production is an equally weighty factor, but community lenders may be gaining some ground among policymakers. At a hearing in the House Financial Services Committee this week, Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-TX, read at some length from a letter he received from a small mortgage banker in central Texas who said his firm is being forced out of the market because of the cost and complexity of regulatory compliance. The major culprit is the wave of mortgage regulations imposed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau under the Dodd-Frank Act. Hensarling did not reveal the company’s name. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-WV, who chairs the Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee, reiterated...

April 10, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Opposition to Senate GSE Reform Mounts as Shareholder Advocate Predicts Bill Will ‘Collapse Under Its Own Weight’

An array of advocacy groups – both well established and newly formed – have stepped up their lobbying efforts as the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee moves toward a scheduled markup of increasingly controversial mortgage-finance reform legislation. A lot of the noise is coming from disenfranchised investors in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac junior preferred stock and common stock who want to scuttle the bipartisan reform bill put together by Sens. Tim Johnson, D-SD, and Mike Crapo, R-ID. Their legislation is silent on the fate of public stockholders of the two government-sponsored enterprises, and it leaves intact the conservatorship arrangement that strips virtually all the capital from the two GSEs every quarter. In a press conference called by Investors Unite, a group of individual GSE shareholders, and consumer advocate Ralph Nader’s Shareholder Respect, CapWealth Advisor CEO Tim Pagliara predicted...

April 10, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Indicators Point to Historically Weak Origination Market in Early 2014, Potential Culling of Herd

Early indicators suggest that mortgage originations slumped by about 23 percent in the first quarter of 2014, a harbinger of tough times to come for companies that are running on fumes. According to a new Inside Mortgage Finance analysis of loan-level data in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac first-quarter securitizations, primary market originations for the first three months of the year totaled about $235 billion. Unless the pace picks up, 2014 could fail to reach $1 trillion for the first time since 1998. Lender surveys, which are the major factor in Inside Mortgage Finance originations estimates, are underway. Weak origination volume is...

April 10, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

GSE Purchases of Loans With Private MI Dropped Sharply in Early 2014, Biggest Drop in HARP Pace

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac securitized just $29.95 billion of single-family mortgages with private mortgage-insurance coverage during the first quarter of 2014, a 30.9 percent decline from the previous period, according to a new Inside Mortgage Finance analysis and ranking. The steepness of the private MI downturn was in line with the 29.1 percent downturn in overall business at the two government-sponsored enterprises from the fourth quarter of 2013. And the flow of private MI loans in early 2014 was down 40.2 percent from the first quarter of last year, a less severe drop than the 63.7 swoon in the overall GSE market over that period. The biggest decline in MI-insured business was in underwater mortgages that were refinanced while keeping their existing coverage under the Home Affordable Refinance Program...[Includes two data charts]

April 9, 2014 - IMFnews

FHFA Pulls Out the Stop Sign on Servicing Sale to Non-Traditional Buyer

Since late last year, the FHFA has decreed that it must approve any GSE servicing sale of 25,000 loans or more, which translates into roughly $5 billion of product.

April 9, 2014 - IMFnews

GSE Shareholder Group Predicts Certain Death for Johnson-Crapo

The chairman and CEO of CapWealth Advisors – a private equity firm with stakes in the GSEs – was critical of all the housing reform bills introduced so far and the premise that Fannie and Freddie need to be wound down to affect reform.

April 9, 2014 - IMFnews

More Non-Agency MBS Settlements Expected After Citigroup’s Agreement

The terms of the MBS settlement are subject to approval by the Federal Housing Finance Agency due to Freddie Mac’s involvement.

April 8, 2014 - IMFnews

Short Takes: The (Mortgage) Empire Strikes Back! / And the GSE Joiners Are… / The Junior Preferred Shareholders, Where Are They Today? / Yet Another GSE Shareholder Advocacy Group / Come On, You Can Say It: We Like the Current System

Why doesn’t the MBA, NAHB and National Association of Realtors just come out and say what they really mean, which is this: Leave Fannie and Freddie alone, return them to their shareholders and they’ll never buy another ALT A or subprime mortgage again.

April 7, 2014 - IMFnews

Short Takes: Ocwen Sees Payroll Costs Spike / Help Save the 30-Year FRM and GSE Shareholders Too! / Fairholme Wins Again / Delinquencies Fall, Again / Fannie Tweaks HomePath Program

Ocwen's stock has been floundering of late, but its payroll is headed north on a rocket.

April 7, 2014 - IMFnews

The Next Front for Indemnifications and Buybacks: FHA and Credit Unions

“Not only will FHA continue to go after the big banks, but they’re going after the mid-sized banks as well,” said Andrew Henscel, whose firm defends originators.

April 4, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Trends

GSE Production by State: 1Q14

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April 4, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Buyback Woes Easing, But Defense Still Important

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac at yearend wrapped up most of the massive amount of repurchase demands tied to their pre-2008 books of business, which likely means less business for law firms and companies that help lenders defend buyback demands. But Resolution Portfolio Management & Oversight sees the new buyback era as an opportunity, especially for boutique firms like itself. “A lot of our competitors are out of business,” said Andrew Henschel, RPM’s executive vice president. “Their business model was based on volume. We’re a boutique. If we don’t win, we don’t get paid.” Indeed, these are trying times for some due-diligence firms. Last fall, Allonhill LLC sold most of its assets to Stewart Lender Services. Then a few months later, Allonhill owner Sue Allon threw what was left of the firm into bankruptcy protection after...

April 4, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

Enterprise Endnotes

Seniors Group Targets Johnson-Crapo Bill Supporters With Paid Media. A right-leaning seniors advocacy group has taken out television and radio ads in seven states to call out supporters of the Senate’s bipartisan proposal to overhaul Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, labeling it “Obamacare for the mortgage industry.” The 60 Plus Association campaign targets seven senators for supporting a measure by Sens. Tim Johnson, D-SD, and Mike Crapo, R-ID, arguing that the bill would wipe out GSE shareholders. Three Democrat and four Republican senators were named in the campaign.

April 4, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

Advocates to Treasury: Deem GSEs ‘Systemically Important’

With housing finance reform unlikely to clear Congress in the near term even as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac remain “highly leveraged” on a global scale, a pair of policy advocates are urging Treasury Secretary Jack Lew to trigger existing protective regulations under his discretion that would classify the two GSEs as systemic risks to the economy. American Enterprise Institute Fellow Alex Pollock and Thomas Stanton, author and former Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission staffer, petitioned Lew in a letter this week to act in his capacity as chairman of the Financial Stability Oversight Council and designate Fannie and Freddie as Systemically Important Financial Institutions.

April 4, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

Experts: GSE Shareholders Face Uphill Legal Battle vs. Government

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac junior shareholders face an uphill battle in their lawsuits challenging the Treasury’s August 2012 “net worth sweep” that effectively allows Uncle Sam to confiscate all of the companies’ profits, warns a legal expert. Investors are challenging the amended agreements regarding the seniority of Fannie and Freddie preferred stock owned by the federal government over investors’ GSE preferred stocks. More than a dozen lawsuits filed against the government – led by hedge funds Perry Capital and Fairholme Capital Management – are pending in federal district court in Washington, DC, and in the Court of Federal Claims.

April 4, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

OIG Slams FHFA’s Oversight of GSEs’ Pre-Foreclosure Reports

The Federal Housing Finance Agency’s oversight of Fannie Mae’s and Freddie Mac’s pre-foreclosure inspection process can and should be enhanced by strengthening quality assurance and controls, according to a new audit by the agency’s Office of the Inspector General. The FHFA-OIG audit found potential fraud in property inspection reports ordered by the two GSEs. Among the findings: the property inspection reports – which are used for foreclosures – contained inaccurate information that conflicted with corresponding photographs.

April 4, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

House Dems Seek GSE Jobless Moratorium via Bill, Regulation

Whether by legislation or by regulation, a group of House Democrats want Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to give unemployed homeowners a break by issuing a foreclosure moratorium. Last month, Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-PA, filed H.R. 4255, the Stop Foreclosures Due to Congressional Dysfunction Act, which would require the Federal Housing Finance Agency to establish a six-month moratorium on GSE-guaranteed mortgages held by homeowners who have lost their emergency unemployment compensation “due to congressional inaction.” The bill requires that borrowers must have been in good standing prior to losing their unemployment benefits in order to be eligible for the temporary forbearance.

April 4, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

BofA MBS Lawsuit Settlement Shrinks List of FHFA Defendants

It’s only a matter of time before the remaining big bank defendants settle lawsuits filed by the Federal Housing Finance Agency over billions in non-agency mortgage-backed securities sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the years leading up to the housing crisis, predicts a legal expert. Last week, Bank of America agreed to a $9.3 billion settlement that covers its own dealings as well as those of Countrywide Financial and Merrill Lynch, which it acquired in 2008. The agreement covers some $57 billion of MBS issued or underwritten by these firms.

April 4, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

FHFA’s 2014 Conservatorship Scorecard Under Review by GSEs

The Federal Housing Finance Agency has sent a draft 2014 Conservatorship Scorecard to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for review, but it remains unclear how different it will be from the GSE goals the FHFA set for last year. According to industry officials who have been briefed on the matter, the scorecard will likely be released by month’s end. The scorecard was the brainchild of former FHFA Acting Director Edward DeMarco, who led the agency for more than four years before former Rep. Mel Watt, D-NC, assumed a five-year term as the agency’s director in early January.

April 4, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

Senate GSE Reform Faces House Competition, Growing Opposition

Mounting opposition from both the left and the right, a month-long wait to mark-up and newly filed competing legislation in the House could doom the already tenuous effort by two senior senators to move a GSE reform bill this year, say industry observers.Given the need for speed and a closing legislative window, last week’s announcement by Sens. Tim Johnson, D-SD, and Mike Crapo, R-ID, that the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee would mark up their housing finance reform package on April 29 – well over a month after the bill’s initial March 16 rollout – is not seen as a good sign.

April 4, 2014 - IMFnews

What We’re Hearing: The Sound of Mortgage Bankers Dying / Why the CFPB is Hated / Prospect Stealing Loan Officers From a Top Five Lender / Should Ellie Mae Call the FBI? Has it Already? / Ocwen Goes For Some Force-Placed Insurance Profits

One ad on the radio sounds like The 60 Plus Association is doing the Lord’s work for the pension funds of fire fighters and policemen. After all, public pensions owned GSE stock prior to the crash and lost a bundle.

April 4, 2014 - IMFnews

Will FHFA’s Mel Watt Tinker with the GSE Scorecard Going Forward?

“Watt will want to draw a line of demarcation between him and DeMarco,” said one source. “Going forward, I think we’ll see an emphasis on average credit scores funded and even servicing performance.”

April 4, 2014 - IMFnews

Mortgage Securitization Continues Freefall, Weakest Start Since 2000

The only spurt of growth in the MBS market was in the non-agency sector, where new issuance was up 36.5 percent from the fourth quarter.

April 3, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBS Due-Diligence Firm Goes Bust, Leaving Behind an Ugly Tale of Double Representation

Allonhill LLC, a Denver-based due-diligence firm that served both Wall Street and primary market lenders, recently filed for bankruptcy protection, just days after losing a civil case where it was found liable for breach of contract and fraud, and ordered to pay its former client, Aurora Bank FSB, more than $25 million in damages. Last year, Allonhill’s owners – including principal Sue Allon – sold most of the firm’s assets to Stewart Title. From a legal standpoint, it was not a “franchise” deal, which means Stewart should not be on the hook for any actions of the corporate entity. However, the case may be...

April 3, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Industry Groups Tell FINRA They’re Opposed to Requiring Maintenance Margin in TBA Market

Leading secondary-market representatives told the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority they generally support its goal of mitigating the counterparty credit risk borne by participants in the “to be announced” market and reducing the potential for systemic risk. But they are opposed to FINRA’s proposal to require maintenance margin to attain that aim – something the Treasury Market Practices Group has already considered and rejected. Issued back in January, FINRA’s proposed amendments stipulated that for bilateral transactions in covered agency securities with non-exempt accounts, FINRA members must collect, in addition to variation margin, maintenance margin equal to 2 percent of the market value of the securities. If sufficient margin is not collected, the member would have to deduct the uncollected amount from the member’s net capital at the close of business following the business day on which the deficiency was created. Additionally, if the deficiency in margin is not resolved...

April 3, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Mortgage Securitization Continues Freefall In Early 2014, Weakest Start Since 2000

New residential MBS issuance in the first three months of 2014 sank to the lowest quarterly volume since late in 2000, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis. A total of $191.7 billion of residential MBS were issued in the first quarter of this year, down 25.5 percent from the fourth quarter of 2013. Compared to first quarter of 2013, new MBS issuance was down 59.2 percent. MBS production has been falling...[Includes two data charts]

April 3, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

FHFA Keeps 2014 ‘Scorecard’ Under Wraps; Watt May Change What Agency Measures

The Federal Housing Finance Agency’s annual “performance goal” scorecard for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac has been issued to the two government-sponsored enterprises for comment and likely will be released by month’s end, according to industry officials briefed on the matter. But as for its contents going forward, that’s a different matter entirely. The 2013 version set forth...

April 3, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Waters’ GSE Reform Bill Could Influence Senate Banking Markup of Johnson-Crapo

Rep. Maxine Waters’ housing finance reform legislation may go nowhere in the House, but parts of it could be taken up by members of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee who so far have not signed on with the bipartisan reform bill that’s to be marked up at the end of April. The California Democrat’s bill differs from the Senate bill in two key ways: it requires that the private market take a smaller first-loss position in a future government-insured program for mortgage-backed securities, and it sets up a lender-owned cooperative as the sole issuer of the new MBS. The bill pushed by Sens. Tim Johnson, D-SD, and Mike Crapo, R-ID, would require...

April 3, 2014 - IMFnews

Ginnie MBS Issuance Gets Clobbered Too

Also, new single-family MBS production by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac plummeted 15.6 percent from February to March as the GSEs posted their lowest quarterly production total in 14 years.

April 3, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Nonbank Servicers Rank Just as Well as Banks, Put Greater Emphasis on Loan Modifications

The nonbank servicers under scrutiny from regulators have rankings at similar levels to banks, according to an analysis by Inside Mortgage Finance. And while there have been concerns about loss mitigation activity by nonbank servicers, they use loan modifications more than banks. Nationstar Mortgage, Ocwen Financial and Walter Investment Management’s Green Tree Servicing were among the 17 servicers that received a rating of at least three stars from Fannie Mae for their performance in 2013, the government-sponsored enterprise disclosed last week. Twelve unnamed servicers received ratings below three stars. Green Tree (four stars) and Nationstar (three) maintained...

April 3, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

GSEs Start 2014 With a Thud, New Business Volume Searches for New Post-Crash Lows

New single-family business volume at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac continued to decline in early 2014, hitting the lowest quarterly total in 14 years during the first three months of the year, according to a new Inside Mortgage Finance analysis and ranking. The two government-sponsored enterprises issued a total of $129.2 billion of single-family mortgage-backed securities during the first quarter of 2014. That was down 29.1 percent from the already weak production of the fourth quarter and off 63.7 percent from the same period in 2013. The first-quarter 2014 total marked...[Includes two data charts]

April 3, 2014 - IMFnews

The Enticing Part of the Waters GSE Bill: A First-Loss Position of 5 Percent, Not 10

Johnson-Crapo is wide open on what entities could issue the new MBS and even allows single firms to be loan originators, aggregators, issuers and bond guarantors.

April 3, 2014 - IMFnews

Nonbanks Outnumber Banks in Top 100 Sellers to GSEs

Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase both had huge drops exceeding 40 percent on mortgages sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

April 2, 2014 - IMFnews

Short Takes: The Five Mortgages Made by Charlie Keating’s Lincoln Savings / Thanks Charlie / Uncle Sam Bailout Chump Change / Shellpoint to be a Bigger Player in Fannie MSRs / Are Fannie and Freddie SIFIs?

The two have petitioned Treasury Secretary Jack Lew to designate Fannie and Freddie as SIFIs. Being an SIFI means the two would be subject to higher capital standards and greater scrutiny – as though the two aren’t under enough scrutiny as it is.

April 2, 2014 - IMFnews

Underwriting Loosens Slightly on Freddie’s Latest Risk-Sharing Transaction

The tranche set to receive an 'A' rating on STACR 2014-DN2 has a lifetime expected default rate of 9.43 percent, according to KBRA.

April 1, 2014 - IMFnews

Short Takes: Raj Date’s Fenway Summer About to Merge? / MWOB Contracts Spike at FHFA / Did the GSEs Really Repay Uncle Sam? / Obamacare Equals GSE Coup? / Norcom Hires New AE

A group called The 60 Plus Association has released TV and radio ads in seven states targeting Senate Banking Committee Members who are sponsoring GSE reform legislation. The group claims the bills “allow the government to take over the mortgage industry in an action 'disturbingly similar' to Obamacare.”

April 1, 2014 - IMFnews

March Fannie/Freddie MBS Issuance Weakest Since January 2009

Most industry fortune tellers expect the mortgage market to rebound somewhat as home-buying season warms up. (There are daffodils in Washington.)

March 31, 2014 - Inside the CFPB

A Quarter of New Purchase Mortgages Exceed QM DTI Ratio

Nearly a quarter (24 percent) of all purchase loans funded by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have a debt-to-income ratio greater than the qualified mortgage limit of 43 percent, according to the February 2014 National Mortgage Risk Index released by the conservative American Enterprise Institute’s International Center on Housing Risk. Researchers found no discernible impact on the purchase loan market from the CFPB’s QM regulation. “In February, half of agency loans had a down payment of 5 percent or less, nearly one-in-four agency loans had a DTI ratio greater than 43 percent, and one-in-eight agency loans had a FICO score of less than 660,” the AEI said.

March 31, 2014 - IMFnews

Short Takes: Green Tree-EverBank MSR Deal Closes / New STACR Offering From Freddie / Cole Taylor Mortgage Sale Keeps on Ticking / Light Trades in HELOC Secondary / Former HUD IG Lands at Mortgage Vendor

Whatever happened to the sale of Cole Taylor Mortgage, which has been in the works for nine months or so? Good question. When we asked one source close to the deal, his response was this: “Think of the Energizer Bunny but with fairly old batteries.

March 31, 2014 - IMFnews

Johnson-Crapo GSE Bill Has a 5 Percent Chance; As for the Waters Legislation…

As for the new GSE bill from Rep. Maxine Waters, D-CA, the research firm notes that the legislation will not even be considered in the Republican controlled House.

March 31, 2014 - IMFnews

Little Support for Reducing GSE Loan Limits

Although some jumbo market participants have called for a reduction to GSE loan limits, most of the mortgage industry – and members of Congress – prefer the current levels.

March 28, 2014 - IMFnews

What We're Hearing: When Will Mel Watt Appear in Public? / More on the GSE Scorecard / DeMarco’s Job Offer / Yes, Fannie Really Likes Nonbanks / Subprime Rising / Low FICO Score Stats / BofA’s Big Legal Win

Fannie Mae this week released its STAR servicer rankings and hopefully a copy found its way to all those pesky regulators who think nonbank servicers can’t tell the difference between a debit and a credit.

March 28, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

House Democrats Tout More Flexibility for Private First-Loss Share in New MBS Reform Proposal

Rep. Maxine Waters, D-CA, this week unveiled a mortgage-finance reform bill that would replace Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac with a private cooperatively-owned entity that would issue a new form of conventional MBS backed by a mix of public and government credit support. The “Housing Opportunities Move the Economy Forward Act” adds a few new twists to the notion of creating an explicit government MBS guaranty that would stand behind a first-loss position funded by the private sector. Rather than allow a variety of private-sector firms to issue these securities, as the bipartisan Senate bill would, Waters’ proposal would create a single, cooperatively-owned entity that would be open to all lenders. The regulator of this new market, the National Mortgage Finance Administration, would have...


What do you think is the biggest hurdle to meeting the new QM standards in the CFPB’s ability-to-repay rule?

A debt-to-income (DTI) cap of 43%.


A 3% cap on points and fees.


An interest rate cap of the average prime offered rate (APOR) plus 1.5%.


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