Legislation

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April 17, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Joint Venture Pros are Wary as Market Transitions Under the Weight of Dodd-Frank, Uneven Economy

Industry joint-venture professionals are trying to stay upbeat as they feel their way around a changing economic and regulatory landscape. A number of them are pulling back somewhat as they strategize to find their niche in a recovering market and a business redefined by the Dodd-Frank Act. “As everybody here knows, there have been a long-standing number of mortgage joint ventures that have exited the business over the last couple of years,” Gerard Griesser, president of The Trident Group, said in introducing a panel of industry executives at the Real Estate Settlement Providers Council’s 2014 annual conference this week in Washington, DC. Robert Moline, president and chief operating officer at HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate based in Minneapolis, said...


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...


March 31, 2014 - Inside the CFPB

HMDA Final Rule Proceeding But Will Not Be Out This Year

The CFPB is continuing its work to develop a final rulemaking to add certain data elements to the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act reporting requirements. However, a final rule will not come out this year, a top bureau official told industry representatives last week. Speaking at the American Bankers Association’s government relations conference in Washington, DC, last week, Kathleen Ryan, deputy assistant director in the bureau’s Office of Regulations, reminded attendees that Dodd-Frank required the CFPB to add…


March 27, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Feds Propose Minimum Requirements for State Oversight of Appraisal Management Companies

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Federal Housing Finance Agency and four other federal financial regulators issued a proposed rule this week that would implement minimum requirements for state registration and supervision of appraisal management companies. Mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act, the requirements would apply to states that voluntarily choose to establish an appraiser certifying and licensing agency with the authority to register and supervise AMCs. While there would be no penalty imposed on states that do not establish a regulatory structure for AMCs, these businesses would be barred from providing appraisals in such states. The provisions in the proposed rule are...


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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%.

48%

A 3% cap on points and fees.

29%

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

23%

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