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February 24, 2017 - IMFnews

What We’re Hearing: Okay, So Mnuchin is One of Them, But… / Where Were You When We Were Bailing Out Fannie and Freddie? / Remember Hank Greenberg? / Maybe Servicing Compensation is Too Low / The Next Bank to Quit Servicing…

Once the GSEs turned it around and showed a whiff of profit the speculators pounced and bought the shares on the cheap...

February 24, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Revised GOP Reform Plan Would Significantly Loosen Rules For Rating Services, Roll Back Dodd-Frank Standards

Planned revisions to the Financial CHOICE Act would loosen regulation of rating services, according to a recent memo by Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-TX, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee. Hensarling sent the memo to the leadership team of the House Financial Services Committee this month detailing changes that will be included in hise so-called CHOICE Act 2.0. The expected revisions to standards for nationally recognized statistical rating organizations go well beyond the rollbacks included in the version of the CHOICE Act that was introduced in September. The 2016 bill would have repealed...

February 23, 2017 - IMFnews

Short Takes: More on Ocwen’s CFPB Problem / An Invitation to Write a NORA Letter / MSR Buying Dreams Up in Smoke? / Ocwen for Sale Eventually? / A New Hire for ClosingCorp

The disclosure comes on the heels of a recent legal settlement in California that paves the way for Ocwen to buy servicing rights once again...

February 23, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Private Mortgage Insurers Raise Concerns About Differences in QM Standards for GSEs and FHA

The U.S. Mortgage Insurers trade group is seeking to eliminate differences in standards for qualified mortgages. USMI detailed its policy priorities for 2017 late last week. While the priorities largely rehash previous points of emphasis that could increase business for private mortgage insurance companies, USMI said it has particular concerns about how some QM standards vary on mortgages delivered to the government-sponsored enterprises compared with FHA mortgages. As required by the Dodd-Frank Act, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau established...

February 23, 2017 - IMFnews

Fairholme Chief Bruce Berkowitz on GSE Legal Setback: ‘This is far from over.’

At last check, Fairholme valued its stake in Fannie/Freddie at roughly $115.7 million.

February 23, 2017 - IMFnews

More Red Ink from Ocwen with Future Losses Anticipated; Originations Down Almost 10%; Share Price Clocked

Officials at Ocwen warned of more financial turbulence throughout the year...

February 22, 2017 - IMFnews

Short Takes: A Huge Rally for Fannie, Freddie Common (for Today At Least) / Will Investors Lose Patience with Pershing Square and Bill Ackman? / FIG Purchase by Japanese Bank Won’t Affect New Residential / Parkside Expands Jumbo Offerings

Market watchers must be wondering just how long investors will continue to believe in the GSE “bet” made by hedge fund manager Pershing Square Capital Management.

February 22, 2017 - IMFnews

NAR Wants the GSEs to Reduce Fees, Complains to FHFA about Fannie Financing SFRs for Wall Street

Freddie Mac has yet to enter the SFR market in any significant way, but may soon, its CEO told IMFnews recently…

February 22, 2017 - IMFnews

New Rez: Large MSR Transfers from Banks to Nonbanks DoA; REIT in Talks with the FHFA…

Officials at New Rez are set to meet with the FHFA to discuss servicing issues, including MSR financing…

February 22, 2017 - IMFnews

Uncle Sam’s Haul from Mortgage Lending and Financial FCA Cases in 2016: $1.6 Billion

Consequently, top-tier banks that offered FHA-insured mortgages have opted to either restrict their government business or exit the program altogether…

February 21, 2017 - IMFnews

U.S. Appeals Court Rules for Government in Key GSE Case; Price of Fannie, Freddie Common Clocked

Writing for the majority, the Appeals Court notes: “We hold that the stockholders’ statutory claims are barred by the Recovery Act’s strict limitation on judicial review …"

February 21, 2017 - IMFnews

House Financial Services Chair Praises Decision by Trump to Block MIP Reduction, Citing Higher FHA Delinquencies in 4Q

David Stevens, MBA president and chief executive officer, said the FHA’s newer books of business have great credit quality, which makes the spike in 30-day delinquencies more surprising.

February 21, 2017 - IMFnews

Ocwen Share Price Spikes After Servicer Settles with California

“This is a fair and just settlement for California consumers,” said CDBO Commissioner Jan Lynn Owen. “The terms will hold Ocwen accountable for widespread violations of laws that harmed borrowers in our state.”

February 17, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA Peppers Lenders with New Policy Guidance, Instructions

The Department of Veterans Affairs has issued guidance regarding various aspects of the VA Home Loan program. On Valentine’s Day, the VA sent out a reminder to VA lenders regarding the continued use of the current National Pest Management Association (NPMA) Department of Housing and Urban Development Forms NPMA-99-A and NPMA-99-B. Circular 26-17-07 has instructions for filling out both forms. HUD NPMA-99-A, Subterranean Termite Protection Builder’s Guaranty, is completed and certified by the builder. The licensed pest control company completes the HUD-NPMA-99-B. Also on the same day, the VA announced a new requirement for staff appraisal reviewers (SARs). In 2015, VA released guidance, that established a low-risk and a high-risk appraisal review process. This requires SARs to review the LoanSafe Appraisal Manager product during the issuance of the ...

February 17, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Lender, Charity Hid Defaults from FHA to Manipulate Default Rate

Three federal agencies have announced a joint settlement agreement and consent order with a New York FHA lender and several of its top executives to resolve alleged violations of the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act and the False Claims Act. The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, the Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Inspector General of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. announced the $1.25 million settlement with Franklin First Financial, Ltd., its Chief Executive Officer Frederick Assini, Chief Operating Officer Christopher Berman, and Andrew Dauro, a manager of the company. The lawsuit alleged that the defendants made illegal payments on behalf of borrowers from February 2009 through March 2010 to keep default rates low so that Franklin First could keep its ...

February 17, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHA-Related FCA Enforcement, Recoveries Increase in 2016

Claims relating to housing and mortgage fraud represented a huge chunk of the amount recovered by the federal government under the False Claims Act last year. An analysis by the WilmerHale law firm found that the Department of Justice continued to give high priority to FCA investigations and prosecutions in 2016, resulting in more than $4.76 billion in settlements and judgments, nearly $1 billion more than in 2015. The increase also reflected a continued focus on financial institutions and the mortgage lending industry, with approximately $1.6 billion in recoveries last year, the law firm said. The DOJ, working on referrals from the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s inspector general, has used the FCA effectively as a tool in prosecuting FHA-related fraud cases against lenders. The DOJ ...

February 17, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

4Q16 Spike in FHA Delinquencies Justifies Trump’s Premium Action

The spike in FHA delinquencies in the fourth quarter of 2016 justifies the Trump administration’s decision last month to suspend and review the outgoing administration’s lowering of FHA mortgage insurance premiums, said House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-TX. Commenting on the Mortgage Bankers Association’s quarterly delinquency rate survey, Hensarling praised President Trump’s decision to set aside the 25-basis-point premium reduction, which Inside FHA/VA Lending reported first on Jan. 6, 2017. “Lowering premiums at this time was a big mistake,” said Hensarling. “The sudden increase in delinquencies makes it clear that President Trump was absolutely right to undo the previous administration’s irresponsible action.” Hensarling recalled that in 2013 “taxpayers had to spend $1.7 billion to bail out the FHA.” Going forward, the FHA must be fiscally sound, with a ...

February 17, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Republicans Invoke Cloture in Upcoming Carson Confirmation

Ben Carson is a step closer to being confirmed as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development after Republicans this week invoked cloture to block any attempt by Democrats to delay or prevent a Senate confirmation vote. Republicans filed their cloture motion and waived quorum call on Feb. 13, effectively ending further debate on Carson’s nomination. At least 16 senators must sign a cloture petition.]There has been no date set for Carson’s confirmation vote. The Trump administration has been slow to fill its Cabinet positions, partly due to Democrats’ stalling techniques. So far, only nine cabinet positions have been filled. There has been no Senate action scheduled since the Senate Banking Committee approved Carson confirmation by voice vote on Jan. 24, and nobody seems to have an explanation for the delay. While the committee vote was unanimous, Democrats continue to ...

February 17, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Debt Burdens Crept Slightly Higher In 2016 for FHA and VA Borrowers

FHA and VA borrowers took on slightly greater payment obligations in 2016 than they have in previous years, according to a new analysis and servicer ranking by Inside FHA/VA Lending. The average debt-to-income ratio for FHA loans securitized in Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed securities last year was 40.4 percent, up about half a percentage point from 2015. The average VA DTI ratio nudged up slightly to 38.3 percent. Average credit scores in the FHA program drifted slightly lower, while climbing 1.9 points for VA loans. The differences in credit quality between the two programs remained substantial: the VA attracts borrowers with higher credit scores and lower DTI ratios who take on larger loans. Some 36.3 percent of VA loans backing Ginnie MBS issued last year had credit scores of 740 and up, while just 13.2 percent of FHA loans fell in that category. Meanwhile, 67.1 percent of FHA loans had ...

February 17, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Revised CHOICE Act Aims to Limit CFPB

A revised version of the Financial CHOICE Act could make changes to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that are so significant that other provisions in the bill aiming to loosen standards for qualified mortgages might not be necessary. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-TX, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, introduced HR 5983, the Financial CHOICE Act, in September and the committee approved the bill largely on a party-line vote that month. The bill covered a wide ...

February 17, 2017 - IMFnews

What We’re Hearing: Huge GSE Profits, Don’t Get Used to It / The Perfect (Earnings) Storm / A Ginnie Solution for the GSEs? / PHH’s New Strategy / Aide to HUD Nominee Ben Carson Fired for Writings Critical of Trump

One former Fannie Mae official told us that stellar profits posted by the two are “just about done.”

February 17, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Replacing DFA Mortgage Rules Without Replacing Them Threatens RMBS Credit Quality, Moody’s Says

Weighing in on President Trump’s recent executive order related to the Dodd-Frank Act, analysts at Moody’s Investors Service said ditching the major mortgage regulations promulgated under the law would be negative for residential MBS unless it’s done carefully. “Any significant repeal of the Dodd-Frank Act’s mortgage-related provisions without effective alternatives would weaken residential RMBS credit quality because these provisions have strengthened the credit quality of mortgage originations, improved servicing practices and bolstered the credit integrity of RMBS structures,” the analysts said in a new report issued earlier this week. Their report then detailed...

February 17, 2017 - IMFnews

CFPB Weighing Enforcement Action Against Altisource Over Services Provided to Ocwen

Late last decade Altisource was spun-off from Ocwen, a once large servicer that in years past had been sanctioned by regulators for some of its servicing practices.

February 17, 2017 - IMFnews

When it Comes to Firing CFPB Director Cordray, Maybe the Trump Administration is Going About it All Wrong…

“If Cordray were engaged in malfeasance, inefficiency or neglect of duty, don’t you think the Obama administration would have done something about that?” asked one legal scholar.

February 16, 2017 - IMFnews

Appeals Court Grants CFPB Request for Rehearing in Much-Watched PHH Case

The court also ordered that the three-judge panel’s ruling this past October be vacated. Oral arguments will be heard May 24...

February 16, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

If President Trump Wants to Fire CFPB’s Cordray, He’s Going About it All Wrong, Law Professor Says

Whether President Trump is serious about replacing the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau remains to be seen. But his enthusiasm over the prospect may have gotten the better of his legal judgement and in fact perhaps laid the foundation for such a replacement to be reversed, one noted legal scholar suggested recently. “If Trump is planning on attempting to remove CFPB Director Richard Cordray ‘for cause,’ he’s hardly going about it in a smart way,” Adam Levitin, a law professor at Georgetown University, said in a recent online blog posting. “The Trump administration keeps generating more and more evidence that any for-cause removal would be purely pretextual, which strengthens Cordray’s hand were he to litigate the removal order (as he surely would).” To begin with, the reasons that are offered as justification for sacking Cordray – such as claims of employee discrimination at the bureau or the agency’s settlements with auto finance companies – refer...

February 16, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

The Time is Right for a Boom in Servicing Sales. Another Month or Two of Slow Prepayments Could Spur Market

The secondary market for bulk agency mortgage servicing rights is beginning to pick up a decent head of steam, but one factor is holding it back from a full-throttle: worries about prepayment speeds. “We’ve had one month of low prepayment numbers,” said Mark Garland, president of MountainView Servicing Group, Denver. “A couple of more months would be better.” According to investment bankers who work the market, although rates have been on a steady climb since the November election – the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury is...

February 16, 2017 - IMFnews

Short Takes: What Does Bruce Berkowitz Think? / Freddie Exploring SFR Market / BB&T Building New Servicing Center / CoreLogic CEO on Medical Leave / loanDepot Executive Jumps Ship for Wisconsin Lender

While most banks are running away from the business of servicing home mortgages, BB&T appears to like the space...

February 16, 2017 - IMFnews

CFPB Explores Alternative Data Sources for ‘Credit Invisible’ Borrowers

The agency estimates there are 26 million Americans who are “credit invisibles...”

February 15, 2017 - IMFnews

MBS and ABS Sectors Adjusting to Risk-Retention Requirements

Sponsors can generally meet the requirements by retaining the most subordinate tranches of the securitization equaling at least 5.0 percent of the deal…

February 15, 2017 - IMFnews

Sen. Crapo, Fed Chair Yellen Agree Housing Finance Reform is Urgent

Fed Chairman Janet Yellen on the future of Fannie and Freddie: “…I would hope that Congress would decide explicitly on what the government’s role is and if there are guarantees, that they would be recognized and priced appropriately.”

February 14, 2017 - IMFnews

Lawmaker Seeks Clarity on CFPB’s Compliance with Trump’s Regulatory ‘Freeze’ Memo

The subcommittee chairman notes: “Therefore, I was surprised by your public hesitancy last week to affirm that the president’s regulatory freeze applies to the CFPB…”

February 13, 2017 - Inside the CFPB

Other News in Brief

Hensarling Threatens to Use Budget Reconciliation Process to Push Through CHOICE Act 2.0. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-TX, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, raised some industry eyebrows last week when details of his new, more aggressive Financial CHOICE Act got leaked to the press, and he indicated he might use the budget reconciliation process to push the bill through Congress.... CFPB Brings Legal Action Against Debt Relief Law Firms, Attorneys. The CFPB recently sued Howard Law PC, Williamson Law Firm LLC, and Williamson & Howard LLP, as well as attorneys Vincent Howard and Lawrence Williamson, in federal court, accusing them of collaborating to charge illegal fees to consumers looking for debt relief....

February 13, 2017 - Inside the CFPB

Consumers Still Complaining About Mortgage Servicing Practices

Mortgage borrowers still have plenty to complain to the CFPB about, especially on the mortgage servicing front, the latest monthly consumer complaint report from the bureau suggests. “The most common issues identified by consumers are problems when they are unable to pay (loan modification, collection, foreclosure),” which were cited by 49 percent, according to the CFPB, followed by issues making payments (loan servicing, payments, escrow accounts), identified by 33 percent. Other homeowners brought up problems having to do with applying for a loan (application, originator, mortgage broker), which was noted by 9 percent, followed by signing the agreement (settlement process and costs), which was highlighted by 5 percent, and receiving a credit offer (credit decision, underwriting [With Two Data Charts]....

February 13, 2017 - Inside the CFPB

John Doe Co. Action Another Test of CFPB’s Investigative Authority

The unusual recent case of an unidentified finance company filing suit to prevent the CFPB from disclosing its investigation of the firm, and from bringing any action against it unless and until the agency is restructured in line with the U.S. Constitution, is “yet another challenge to the CFPB’s vast investigative and enforcement authority,” according to two attorneys with the Hudson Cook law firm. “This is a new front in the battle against CFPB overreach,” the pair said in a client note. The stakes here can be high. “Companies facing a CFPB investigation often confront a difficult choice of complying with the investigative demand or fighting the CFPB’s authority,” said the attorneys. “But challenging the CFPB is an uphill battle ...

February 13, 2017 - Inside the CFPB

PHH Succeeds in Fending Off Intervenors in Dispute with CFPB

PHH Corp. won another round against some new antagonists in its dispute with the CFPB over alleged violations of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act. Earlier this month, a three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit agreed with the lender and refused to allow three separate efforts to intervene in the case. In a simple, single-page order, the three judges “ordered that the motions be denied.” The ruling affects an effort by Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-OH, and Rep. Maxine Waters, D-CA, to insert themselves in the case on behalf of the CFPB. The lawmakers had warned the appeals court that if their effort to intervene was denied, they would seek recourse from ...

February 13, 2017 - Inside the CFPB

Latest RESPA Case Reveals New Things About CFPB Enforcement

An analysis by the Mortgage Bankers Association of the CFPB’s latest foray back into the enforcement of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act noted that some of the allegations in the consent orders would have been troubling under the enforcement regime of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. However, the orders also highlight several new points in the way the bureau is enforcing Section 8 of RESPA, the MBA said. “These include that the arrangements steer consumers, exclude other competitors, and were arrived at based on internal analyses of business and that click-throughs to lenders in joint marketing arrangements somehow amount to compensated referrals,” the trade group said. Further, the consent order addressing Planet Home Lending also clarifies that ...

February 13, 2017 - Inside the CFPB

Brokers, Servicer Also Sanctioned By CFPB in Prospect RESPA Case

In addition to bringing an enforcement action against Prospect Mortgage for alleged violations of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, the CFPB also acted against ReMax Gold Coast and Keller Williams Mid-Willamette, two real estate brokers, and Planet Home Lending, a mortgage servicer – all of whom it accused of taking illegal kickbacks from the lender. Specifically, the CFPB accused both brokers of participating in “certain lead agreements and desk license agreements” with Prospect Mortgage, and of accepting payments from the lender in exchange for referrals in violation of RESPA and its implementing regulation, Regulation X. The bureau also said RGC’s agents “required hundreds of consumers wishing to place an offer on one of their properties offered for sale to pre-qualify ...

February 13, 2017 - Inside the CFPB

CFPB Back in RESPA Enforcement Game With Standard Interpretation

The CFPB recently brought a more traditional interpretation to its enforcement of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act in an action against Prospect Mortgage, two real estate brokers and a mortgage servicer that focuses on alleged kickbacks for referrals of mortgage business. Among the lender’s alleged violations of RESPA was the use of lead agreements to pay brokers for referrals. According to the CFPB’s consent order, Prospect entered into such agreements with more than 200 different counterparties, most of which were real estate brokers. Under these arrangements, Prospect paid the counterparty for each lead it received. However, these counterparties went “well beyond simply transferring information about prospective buyers,” the CFPB alleged. They also referred prospective buyers to Prospect’s loan officers....

February 13, 2017 - Inside the CFPB

Trump Still Fishing for Cordray Replacement, But is it Smart?

President Trump has been in office nearly a month and CFPB Director Richard Cordray is still on the job, despite some early developments that suggested his days as head of the bureau are numbered under the new administration. The most recent headhunting expedition reportedly involved Brian Brooks, currently general counsel at Fannie Mae, who reportedly has close ties to Steve Mnuchin, Trump’s nominee for Treasury secretary, CNBC reported last week. Up on Capitol Hill, Republicans such as House Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-TX, and Sen. Ben Sasse, R-NE, a member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, both recently called on Trump to sack Cordray. “The bureau’s mission to prohibit ‘abusive practices’ sounds great. But all that ...

February 13, 2017 - Inside the CFPB

Lawmaker Seeks Clarity on CFPB Compliance With ‘Freeze’ Memo

Rep. Tom Graves, R-GA, chairman of the House Appropriations Financial Services Subcommittee, recently wrote to CFPB Director Richard Cordray seeking official clarification regarding the agency’s compliance with a memorandum entitled, “Regulatory Freeze Pending Review.” The memo was sent by White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, on behalf of President Donald Trump, to the heads of all executive departments and agencies late last month. The departments and agencies were generally directed to “send no regulation to the Office of the Federal Register until a department or agency head appointed or designated by the president … reviews and approves the regulation.” Further, regulations that have been sent to the OFR but not published in the Federal Register are to be immediately...

February 13, 2017 - Inside the CFPB

Trump Goes After Dodd-Frank Regulations, CFPB Impact Unclear

President Donald Trump has put the Dodd-Frank Act in his crosshairs, issuing an executive order earlier this month that directs the Treasury secretary to work with the members of the Financial Stability Oversight Council to review the current regulatory regime and evaluate it according to a handful of “core principles” Trump believes should shape the regulation of the U.S. financial system. The principles include fostering informed consumer choices, preventing bailouts, promoting economic growth, tailoring regulations and ensuring regulatory accountability. Industry observers and Republicans and Democrats alike on Capitol Hill saw the order as the beginning of an attack on Dodd-Frank and perhaps even a shot across the bow of the CFPB, with negative implications for the agency’s mortgage lending and ...

February 13, 2017 - Inside the CFPB

CHOICE Act 2.0 Would Retain, Restructure CFPB, Gut its Power

House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-TX, is looking to retain the CFPB, restructure key parts of the agency, and drastically limit its authority, Inside the CFPB has learned. According to a draft memorandum of the major changes to Hensarling’s Financial CHOICE Act, now dubbed CHOICE Act 2.0, the bureau “is to be retained and restructured as a civil law enforcement agency similar to the Federal Trade Commission, with additional restrictions on its authority,” as follows: Sole director, removable by the president at will. Rule-making authority limited to enumerated statutes. Unfair, deceptive acts or practices authority repealed in full. Supervision repealed. Consumer complaint database repealed.• Market monitoring authority repealed. Enforcement powers limited to cease-and-desist and civil investigative demand/subpoena powers....

February 13, 2017 - IMFnews

Short Takes: Mark Calabria, a Player in GSE Reform? / Don’t Worry, Commercial Banks Will Fill the Void / What’s an ‘Excess Reserve’ To Do? / Fed Governor Tarullo Calls it Quits

The Cato Institute is a conservative think tank and a quick read of Calabria’s blog makes it sound like he favors getting the government out of the MBS guaranty business...

February 10, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Securitization Industry Participants Pushing for Delay Of Pending Swap-Margin Posting Requirements

Swap-margin posting requirements established by federal regulators are set to take effect on March 1. The Structured Finance Industry Group is leading a push for delayed implementation as securities issuers are having trouble determining how to comply with the standards. The swap-margin rules were required by the Dodd-Frank Act and drafted in 2015 by federal banking regulators and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Unlike requirements set by European regulators, the U.S. rules lack a general exemption from compliance for securitization special-purpose vehicles. Securitization SPVs issue various types of MBS and ABS. SFIG noted...

February 10, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Industry Supports Trump Review of Dodd-Frank; Will There Be a Repeal of ATR, QM, QRM?

Industry observers and groups expressed support this week for President Trump’s move to put the Dodd-Frank Act under the microscope, with an eye toward scaling back its regulatory burden and possibly replacing at least parts of it with more pro-market reforms. Late last week, Trump signed an executive order that directs the Treasury secretary to consult with the heads of the agencies that comprise the Financial Stability Oversight Council, review the current regulatory structure for the U.S. financial system, and report back in 120 days. The order also lays...

February 10, 2017 - IMFnews

CHOICE Act 2.0 Would Restructure CFPB, Limit its Power

The revised Financial CHOICE Act from Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-TX, would substantially limit the authority of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

February 10, 2017 - IMFnews

Short Takes: Senate Unlikely to Approve New CHOICE Act / Cherry Hill Receives Ginnie Approval / Newer Mods Re-Defaulting Faster / Fewer Underwater Borrowers

Analysts at FBR Capital Markets said the revised Financial Choice Act has “little chance of passage” in the Senate.

February 10, 2017 - IMFnews

The Benefits of Owning Fannie/Freddie Preferred Stock Over Common

The two GSEs were placed in conservatorship in September 2008 by Treasury and the Federal Housing Finance Agency. At the time, their common and junior preferred shares were considered worthless.

February 9, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Carson Seeks ‘Strong Housing Finance Practitioner’ For FHA Post, Promises More Clarity for Lenders

Ben Carson, who is expected to be confirmed soon as the next secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, said he’s looking for an experienced mortgage professional to guide the FHA program during his tenure. In recent years, the top FHA job has been held by people with more experience in government than in the mortgage business. The last industry veteran in the post was Dave Stevens, who brought years of mortgage finance experience when he took the job in the first Obama administration. He left in 2011 to become president and CEO of the Mortgage Bankers Association. In response to written questions from Senate Democrats, Carson said...


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