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April 18, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

OIG: Four Big Bank Members Boost FHLB Advances, Reporting Needed

In the wake of sharp increases in commercial bank borrowing from the Federal Home Loan Bank system in order to keep up with new international bank-liquidity rules, the Federal Housing Finance Agency should be more transparent in reporting FHLBank advances, according to the agency’s official watchdog. The FHFA’s Office of Inspector General noted in an audit released Wednesday that FHLBank system advances have been increasing, reaching $492 billion by year-end 2013. The growth in advances has been driven primarily by the four largest members of the system – JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Citigroup and Wells Fargo.

April 18, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Compliance Should Focus on Consumer Harm

There are a variety of components for a successful compliance-management program mortgage lenders should implement, but the primary goal needs to be preventing harm to consumers, according to bank examiners with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. “Given the challenges associated with the regulatory environment of today, we’d like to emphasize the importance of looking at bank operations while asking two questions from a consumer compliance perspective,” said ...

April 18, 2014 - IMFnews

Erbey: Servicers Now Competing Based on Compliance, Not Price

Ocwen's Bill Erbey sees the positive in recent scrutiny of nonbank servicers.

April 18, 2014 - IMFnews

Pilot from CFPB Will Aim to Digitize the Entire Mortgage Closing Process

The CFPB plans to launch a pilot project as part of its efforts to improve the mortgage closing process.

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

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 17, 2014 - IMFnews

NY DFS Probe of Nonbank Servicers Has Frozen Servicing Sales

The investigation by the New York Department of Financial Services of nonbank servicers including Nationstar Mortgage and Ocwen Financial has put a halt to servicing sales.

April 17, 2014 - IMFnews

Judge Denies S&P Motion to Split DOJ MBS Fraud Case, Allows Discovery

Judge in the DOJ's case against Standard & Poor's handed the rating service a mixed ruling.

April 17, 2014 - IMFnews

Trade Groups Continue to Push HUD to Revise FHA’s High-Cost Loan Limits

The MBA and others want documentation from HUD detailing the recent reduction to FHA loan limits in certain high-cost areas.

April 17, 2014 - IMFnews

Loss of Preemption Splinters Mortgage Joint Venture Industry

The Dodd-Frank Act prompted major changes for mortgage joint ventures, with some firms striking out on their own and others sticking with the smaller market.

April 16, 2014 - IMFnews

FHFA-OIG: Big Bank Members Boost FHLBank Advances, Reporting Needed

The surge in recent years of Federal Home Loan Bank advances by big banks presents safety and soundness risks, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency's Office of Inspector General.

April 16, 2014 - IMFnews

BofA’s Mortgage Settlements Lead to Loss in First Quarter, Originations Decline

BofA's mortgage-related settlements led to a loss for the lender in the first quarter of 2014.

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

Mortgage Complaints to CFPB See Big Drop from Year Ago

Mortgage-related complaints to the CFPB as of the first quarter of 2014 were down significantly compared with the previous year, though they increased compared with the fourth quarter of 2013.

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 14, 2014 - Inside the CFPB

Worth Noting/Snippets/Looking Ahead

CFPB Servicing Rules Having Intended Effect on Foreclosures. The data and analytics division of Black Knight Financial Services recently examined the impact of the implementation of the CFPB’s new mortgage servicing rules in January and observed a sharp shift in the timing of foreclosure starts. “As the CFPB rules dictate that foreclosure cannot begin until after 120 days of delinquency, the data showed foreclosure starts at the 90-day mark have all but ceased, while four-month delinquency starts have risen over 100 percent since December,” the firm said. At the same time, foreclosure sales hit the lowest levels since 2007. “With fewer loans in the foreclosure process, these numbers will continue to decline, but the result has been an increase in...

April 14, 2014 - Inside the CFPB

Financial Institutions Support Oversight of Nonbank Transmitters

Many banks and credit unions support the efforts of the CFPB to bring nonbank money-transfer operations within the scope of the bureau’s oversight. In January, the agency issued a proposed rulemaking that generally would amend the current regulation that defines larger participants of certain consumer financial products and services by adding a new section defining larger participants of the international money-transfer market. The proposal lays out the framework by which the CFPB would identify a nonbank market for international money transfers and define the “larger participants” of this market that would be subject to the CFPB’s supervisory authority. Namely, an entity would be a larger participant if it has at least one million aggregate annual international money transfers. This proposal...

April 14, 2014 - Inside the CFPB

Freedom of Information Act Ruling Goes in Favor of the CFPB

The issue of the recess appointment of Richard Cordray as director of the CFPB may finally have been put to rest now, after the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed the last remnants of a case brought by the watchdog group, Judicial Watch, under the Freedom of Information Act. Back in September, the court ruled that the CFPB had properly discharged its FOIA obligations in the case for all the documents at issue except one, an e-mail from a White House staffer to a CFPB employee. At the time, “the court agreed with the CFPB’s position that it was entitled to rely on the deliberative process privilege, the attorney client/attorney work product privilege, or the presidential communications...

April 14, 2014 - Inside the CFPB

CFPB’s First Criminal Referral Results in Guilty Pleas

Debt-settlement company Mission Settlement Agency and its principal, Michael Levitis, pleaded guilty in New York to conspiracy charges of mail and wire fraud, giving the CFPB a significant victory in its first criminal referral. As part of the plea deal struck with federal prosecutors, Levitis and Mission Settlement agreed to forfeit $2.2 million. Levitis faces as much as 10 years in prison, and his company could be fined as much as an additional $4.39 million. The defendants are scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Paul Gardephe on Aug. 21, 2014. In addition to Levitis’ plea, four other former Mission employees, Denis Kurlyand, Boris Shulman, Felix Lemberskiy, and Zakhir Shirinov, previously pled guilty for their roles in the scheme...

April 14, 2014 - Inside the CFPB

CFPB Needs to Improve its Supervisory Activities, OIG Finds

The CFPB needs to up its game and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of its supervisory activities, according to a recent report from the Federal Reserve Office of Inspector General, the IG for the bureau. “Specifically, we found that the CFPB needs to improve its reporting timeliness and reduce the number of examination reports that have not been issued, adhere to its unequivocal standards concerning the use of standard compliance rating definitions in its examination reports, and update its policies and procedures to reflect current practices,” the OIG said. The report contains 12 recommendations designed to assist the CFPB in strengthening its supervision program, one of which is to monitor the timeliness of examination reporting against the requirements the agency...

April 14, 2014 - Inside the CFPB

Consumer Complaints About Credit Reporting Surging, Data Reveal

Consumer complaints filed with the CFPB jumped 29.1 percent in the first quarter of 2014, fueled mostly by a flood of gripes having to do with credit reporting, which leapt 79.5 percent during the period, according to a new analysis and ranking by Inside the CFPB. Year over year, the picture is even worse, with total complaints up 34.0 percent, driven by an eye-popping 125.8 percent jump in grievances with credit reporting. Such a noticeable rise in the sector is sure to capture the attention of the CFPB, which uses consumer complaints – rightly or wrongly – as a barometer for where it should dedicate its limited resources. There are economists who argue such self-reported data are inherently unreliable. The bureau has... [includes 2 exclusive charts]

April 14, 2014 - Inside the CFPB

Democrats Call for Full Hearing On Personnel Practices at CFPB

Democrats on the House Financial Services Committee have formally requested Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-TX, conduct a full committee hearing into potential discriminatory policies and practices that affect employees not only at the CFPB but in other federal financial regulatory agencies as well. Ranking Member Maxine Waters, D-CA, announced the request at a hearing recently conducted by the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, which looked into allegations of employee discrimination and retaliation at the CFPB. Waters echoed sentiments of fellow Democrats, who expressed concern earlier that the hearing was focused on discussing ongoing claims by a single employee instead of the larger issue of employee discrimination and the retaliation and harassment that whistleblowers experience. Dwelling on the employee’s...

April 14, 2014 - Inside the CFPB

QM Rules to Constrict Mortgage Credit, ABA Lending Survey Finds

More than 80 percent of bankers expect mortgage credit is going to be constricted because of the CFPB’s new mortgage rules, which took effect in January, according to the results of the latest Real Estate Lending Survey from the American Bankers Association. More specifically, in discussing the impact of the ability-to-repay/qualified mortgage rules on credit availability in the market generally, 41 percent said there will be a measurable reduction in credit availability across all mortgage lending segments. Forty percent said there will be a measurable reduction in credit availability in the non-QM lending segments only, and 20 percent said there will be no measurable impact on mortgage lending levels, regardless of QM or non-QM classification. When asked to characterize the...

April 14, 2014 - Inside the CFPB

Mortgage Lenders Call for Changes To CFPB’s Ability-to-Repay Rule

In a statement submitted for the record to the House Financial Services Committee last week, the Mortgage Bankers Association said it remains concerned that the CFPB’s ability-to-repay rule could unduly tighten mortgage credit for a significant number of creditworthy families who seek to buy or refinance a home. To improve the rule, the MBA rattled off a handful of suggestions, the first of which was to establish cure procedures. “The CFPB should adopt rules allowing lenders to cure calculation errors and other processing mistakes made while attempting to meet the qualified mortgage requirements,” the trade group said. “Without such procedures, lenders will be forced to avoid transactions at the boundaries of the points-and-fees cap, debt-to-income limits and the annual percentage...

April 14, 2014 - Inside the CFPB

CFPB Requires $747 Million from BofA Over Credit Card Practices

Bank of America will have to pay $727 million in restitution to consumers who were harmed by practices related to its credit card add-on products, under the terms of a consent order announced last week by the CFPB. That is the single largest amount of money yet returned to consumers in such an action by the bureau. BofA also agreed to pay a $20 million civil money penalty to the CFPB. The bureau went after BofA on two fronts: allegedly deceptive marketing practices as well as unfair billing practices. The marketing practices at issue had to do with two credit-card payment-protection products, “Credit Protection Plus” and “Credit Protection Deluxe.” “The bureau found that the telemarketing scripts Bank of America used...

April 14, 2014 - IMFnews

SHORT TAKES: FCI Continues to Expand its Servicing Base / Wells Fargo and JPM Take a Rest on MSR Markups / Jumbo Expansion? / Mods and Foreclosures / FDIC Throws Cold Water on Consolidation Theory / New Office for Interlinc

The MBA said applications for purchase-mortgages with high loan balances have increased in recent months while applications for lower-balance mortgages has declined…

April 14, 2014 - IMFnews

FHFA Remains Mum on ‘Articulated Criteria’ For MSR Transfers

During a recent webinar on MSR strategies, industry attorney Larry Platt of K&L Gates said he knows of “certain sales that have been held up for quite some time.” He noted: “You really can’t get a handle on what the cause of it is.”

April 14, 2014 - IMFnews

Ocwen Hits Snarl on OneWest Servicing Deal

Fitch said OneWest found a new buyer for 12,000 mortgages in 39 non-agency MBS that didn’t receive consents as part of the planned transfer to Ocwen.

April 14, 2014 - IMFnews

Mortgage Bankers Call for Transparent FHA Loan Limit Process

The National Association of Realtors also urged the FHA to use its “granted discretion” to adjust loan limits for areas that have experienced significant declines.

April 11, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

Around the Industry

HMBS Quarterly Issuance Down by 30 Percent. Issuance of securitized Home Equity Conversion Mortgages remained low as HMBS issuers created only $510.1 million in new HMBS pools during March, the third lowest total in almost five years, according to the latest market analysis by New View Advisors. This brought HMBS issuance in the first quarter of 2014 to $1.7 billion, the lowest quarterly total in nearly five years, said NVA. By comparison, HMBS issuance totaled $2.5 billion in the fourth quarter of 2013 and $2.4 billion in the first quarter of 2014. 1Q14 has the lowest HMBS issuance since 2Q09, when the program was at its infancy. In March, 86 HMBS pools consisting of 41 original issuances and 45 tail pools were issued. Original HMBS issuances refer to a pool of HECM loans securitized for the first time, while tail HMBS issuances are pools created from the uncertificated portions of HECMs that have ...

April 11, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

Filing Deadline for Recertification Extended to June 9

The FHA has extended the filing deadline for lender recertification to June 9, 2014, to match the agency’s timeline for switching to the Lender Electronic Assessment Portal (LEAP). LEAP is a new system that will serve as a one-stop shop for all lender approval and recertifications. It replaces the current “Lender Approval” and “Cash Flow” web pages in FHA Connection as well as the current system lenders use to submit financial information as part of recertification. LEAP is scheduled to be fully operation this month, although consolidation of Title I and II lender identification numbers has already taken place on March 31. Last year, the FHA issued guidance extending the filing deadline for all lenders with a December 2013 fiscal year end. Although the guidance recommended that lenders be prepared to complete their recertification no later than May 31, it also stated that ...

April 11, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

Deficient Files, No. 1 Cause of ‘Unacceptable’ Grade

Deficient file documentation is the leading cause of initial “unacceptable” ratings in the FHA’s most recent post-endorsement technical review (PETR) of targeted single-family FHA loans. Published in the March 2014 issue of Lender Insight, review results showed that 50 percent of the 5,504 FHA loans selected for review in the fourth quarter of 2013 had missing or flawed documentation. Of that percentage, 65 percent of loans were rated “unacceptable.” Loans are selected for post-endorsement review based on a risk-targeting methodology and do not reflect the overall FHA portfolio. An “unacceptable” rating indicates that the loan endorsement file had a material defect at the time the loan was endorsed for FHA insurance. Such ratings are upgraded subsequently if the lender provides mitigating documentation. Unacceptable ratings are due to errors or flaws in ...

April 11, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

FHA Volume by State Drops, State HECMs Rise

Overall FHA production fell significantly in all 50 states in 2013 apparently due to mortgage insurance premium increases and policy changes that made it difficult for even qualified borrowers to obtain an FHA-insured single-family loan. FHA volume by state dropped 27.5 percent in the fourth quarter to $35.8 billion, from $49.4 billion in the previous quarter, with all states showing varying percentages of decline during the period. Year over year, production by state declined by 9.2 percent, data showed. Total FHA originations were $211.3 billion for 2013, with the first quarter ending strongly with $63.7 billion. Production, however, lost steam over the next three quarters. Among the top five FHA states, Virginia suffered the largest quarterly drop, 35.2 percent, in FHA volume. California was the top FHA producer state with $35.2 billion for a ... [2 charts]

April 11, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

GNMA Bars HECMs with Fixed-Rate Future Draws

Beginning June 1, 2014, securitizations backed by Home Equity Conversion Mortgages may not include HECM loans that provide for future draws at a fixed rate of interest. Specifically, Ginnie Mae warned that the potentially excessive risk associated with such HECM loans might be more than what the agency could handle in the event of an issuer default. The prohibition applies to fixed-rate HECM loans where the borrower has the option to select a payment plan that allows future advances against the principal limit. These loans give rise to the risk that such advances will become uneconomic should interest rates rise from when the loan is originated, according to Ginnie Mae. The impact of negative spreads between a fixed noted rate and future prevailing rates could be ...

April 11, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

BofA, Nutter Agree to Resolve HECM Violations

Bank of America and James Nutter & Co. have agreed to indemnify the Department of Housing and Urban Development to resolve allegations that they failed to perform due diligence in underwriting Home Equity Conversion Mortgage loans. An audit of the HECM program by the HUD Office of Inspector General found that the financial institutions allowed 33 HECM borrowers to take out more than one loan, a violation of program requirements. The program requires borrowers to reside in the mortgaged residence as their principal residence. In addition, borrowers may not have more than one principal residence at the same time. In BofA’s case, one borrower obtained two HECM loans on properties she owned in Massachusetts and Florida, both of which she identified as her principal residence. The HUD OIG said there was sufficient information to alert BofA and the underwriter that ...

April 11, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

Industry Calls for Transparent Loan-Limit Process

The Mortgage Bankers Association is urging the Department of Housing and Urban Development to provide a transparent process by which interested parties could request a recalculation of the FHA loan limits and present supporting evidence. By statute, maximums for FHA loan limits in high-cost areas were reduced to $625,500 from $729,750 at the beginning of the year for one-unit residential properties, the same maximum loan limit for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for similar properties in high-cost areas. The MBA said HUD made further reductions in FHA FY 2014 loan limits in approximately 300 counties and county equivalents across the country, with many experiencing significant reductions. The trade group believes these changes were not required by statute. To the extent that the loan-limit reductions in those areas were discretionary, the MBA strongly urged HUD to moderate its ...

April 11, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

FHA Rejects Industry Plea to Lower MIPs

FHA Commissioner Carol Galante quashed any industry hope of seeing mortgage insurance premiums lowered at this time, saying that while the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund has shown some improvement, full recovery is still far off. In remarks during the Mortgage Bankers Association’s National Advocacy Conference this week, Galante also defended a provision in the president’s FY 2015 budget proposal seeking statutory authority for the FHA to collect an administrative fee from lenders to help fund quality control improvements. Both issues are high up on the MBA’s lobbying priorities as members gathered in Washington, DC, this week to meet with lawmakers and their staff to discuss FHA and other key industry concerns. Galante said the Department of Housing and Urban Development is currently focused on strengthening the MMI Fund and expanding access to credit for all qualified borrowers. The FHA raised pricing five times from ...

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 11, 2014 - IMFnews

Despite Passage in Committee, Mortgage Debt ‘Forgiveness’ Act Has Slim Chance

The EXPIRE Act also includes a provision to extend the mortgage insurance premium tax deduction. In a letter supporting the tax extensions to the committee, the Mortgage Bankers Association estimated that for a $200,000 home, homeowners would be able to deduct between $600 and $1,000 from their taxes.

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

HUD Says It’s Too Soon to Roll Back Premiums; FHA Insurance Fund Is Not Completely Healed

FHA Commissioner Carol Galante has rejected mortgage industry calls to lower mortgage insurance premiums, saying that while the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund is on the mend it still has not fully recovered from the impact of massive legacy losses. Speaking at the Mortgage Bankers Association National Advocacy Conference in Washington, DC, this week, Galante said the Department of Housing and Urban Development is currently focused on strengthening the fund and expanding access to credit for all qualified borrowers. She reminded lenders that mortgage premium increases – five hikes from 2008 to 2013 – were necessary to protect the MMIF and properly price for the risk the FHA is assuming. “The MMI Fund is...

April 10, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Cyber-Attack on Ellie Mae Raises a Big Question: If They Got Hacked, Can This Happen to Others?

Mortgage lenders are still smarting from a recent cyber-attack on their loan origination software provider, Ellie Mae, but a larger question now looms: If a company of Ellie’s stature was hacked, can it happen to other vendors as well? Tony Garritano, a consultant who manages a mortgage technology advocacy group called Progress in Lending, said, to the best of his knowledge, the attack on Ellie Mae is a first for the industry – and likely not the last. “As more lenders and their vendors migrate to the Internet this will happen again and again,” he said. He notes...

April 10, 2014 - IMFnews

Short Takes: More Meddling by FHFA in MSRs? / Will JPM’s Dimon Ever Love Mortgages Again? / PHH Finds a Way to Reduce Turnover / MI Looking Up / Homebuilder Expands License Base of MB Sub

Did the FHFA late last summer/early fall raise concerns regarding a certain nonbank servicer’s capital in regard to a huge portfolio of mortgage servicing rights that it had bought earlier in the year from a megabank?

April 10, 2014 - IMFnews

Sorry Mortgage Bankers, FHA Chief Says It’s Too Early to Roll Back Premiums

FHA chief Carol Galante reminded lenders that mortgage premium increases – five hikes from 2008 to 2013 – were necessary to protect the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund and properly price for the risk the government insurer was taking on.

April 10, 2014 - IMFnews

FDIC: Banks Appear to be Warming Up to Non-QM Lending

Roughly 2 percent of depositories said they will cease offering mortgages altogether because of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s ability to repay rule and QM standards.

April 10, 2014 - IMFnews

MBA Calls for Big Basel MSR Changes; Wants Cap Raised to 50 % in Some Cases

Currently, MSRs can only account for 10 percent of Tier I capital, but MBA thinks it should be raised to at least 25 percent for banks, and 50 percent for thrifts and savings and loans.

April 9, 2014 - IMFnews

Short Takes: A Good Year for Lenders One, But… / Ocwen MSR Purchase Update / Ex-Provident Exec to Get Senior Post at Ethos / Citigroup’s Subprime Past / A Soggy Spring for Mortgage Applications

Will the Ocwen-Wells MSR deal ever get approved? In time, but...

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

MBA Calls for Changes to ATR Rule, Keeps Pushing For ‘Cure’ Procedures

Another suggestion is to increase the $100,000 threshold for “smaller loans” to $200,000 allowing for mortgage amounts beneath that level to be subject to more workable points-and-fees limits.


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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