Regulations

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April 26, 2017 - IMFnews

Short Takes: More GSE Reform Plans / Fannie-Freddie Speculators May Make Out After All / Ocwen Gets a Break / Hey Ben, Call Your Friends in the White House and Tell Them … / This HUD Job About to be Filled?

Is the White House pondering HUD-related nominations?


April 26, 2017 - IMFnews

Meanwhile, in the PHH Case, DOJ Gets 10 Minutes

The DOJ, as anticipated, switched sides in this dispute after President Trump took office.


April 26, 2017 - IMFnews

Ocwen Elevates its Legal Battle Against the Regulatory Establishment, Asks Court to Decide if the CFPB is Unconstitutional

Ocwen’s counsel includes Goodwin Procter LLP, which also is representing PHH Corp. in its legal battle against the agency…


April 25, 2017 - IMFnews

Ocwen Files to Block Sanctions in Illinois and Massachusetts; Plans to Fight All the Other States as Well

The company adds: “Under these circumstances, Ocwen has a responsibility to its customers, shareholders, and employees to vigorously defend the company.”


April 25, 2017 - IMFnews

The Wild Card for Ocwen: Getting (Some of) Its Servicing Yanked

Fitch notes that New Residential Investment Corp., a publicly traded REIT, owns $118.7 billion in servicing rights that are being subserviced by Ocwen.


April 25, 2017 - IMFnews

CFPB Proposes Clarifications to HMDA Rule; What Exactly is an ‘AU’ System?

Such loan terms as “temporary financing” and “automated underwriting system” would be clarified…


April 25, 2017 - IMFnews

ICBA Calls for Delay of Single Security Until GSEs are Recapitalized and Released from Conservatorship

The ICBA believes the GSE risk-sharing securities are illiquid and would likely “dry up” in times of market stress.


April 24, 2017 - Inside the CFPB

Other News in Brief

School Accrediting Body Wins One Against the CFPB. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has upheld a district court ruling that a civil investigative demand (CID) issued by the CFPB against the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) is unenforceable. This is a big deal, and not just as it relates to the bureau. “The decision represents the first time in decades that a federal appeals court has struck down an administrative subpoena issued by the federal government,” said Allyson Baker of Venable LLP, who served as one of the lead counsel for the firm on behalf of ACICS....


April 24, 2017 - Inside the CFPB

Dimon Calls for National Mortgage Servicing Standards from CFPB

JPMorgan Chase Chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon recently called for national mortgage servicing standards as one key reform that will significantly increase the availability of mortgage credit to qualified borrowers. “Mortgage servicing is a particularly complex business in which the cumulative impact of regulations has dramatically increased operational and compliance risk and costs,” costs which get passed on to borrowers, he said in his annual letter to shareholders. However, “The most promising opportunity in mortgage servicing is to adopt uniform national servicing standards across guarantors, federal and state regulators, and investors,” Dimon noted. And Congress doesn’t have to get involved to address this. “In particular, the U.S. Treasury is well-positioned to lead key players in the mortgage industry (the CFPB ...


April 24, 2017 - Inside the CFPB

Redlining, Mortgage Servicing Top CFPB Fair Lending Priorities

The CFPB’s latest fair lending report to Congress, quietly distributed earlier this month, indicates that two mortgage issues will stay on the agency’s front burner: redlining and servicing. On the redlining front, the CFPB said it will “work to evaluate whether lenders have intentionally discouraged prospective applicants in minority neighborhoods.” When it comes to servicing, the bureau indicated it will “determine whether some borrowers who are behind on their mortgage … payments have more difficulty working out a new solution with the servicer because of their race, ethnicity, age, or gender.” The agency continued: “We are committed to ensuring fair, equitable and nondiscriminatory access to credit by finding and eliminating discriminatory lending practices, and also by encouraging lenders to maintain ...


April 24, 2017 - Inside the CFPB

It Pays to Shop Around for Your Mortgage, Costs You if You Don’t

Research by two economists in the CFPB’s Office of Research found that many homebuyers do not shop around for a mortgage, and that costs them a pretty penny. “Close to half of consumers did not shop before taking out a mortgage,” CFPB economists Alexei Alexandrov and Sergei Koulayev said in a new white paper. They cited the National Survey of Mortgage Originations, a representative survey conducted jointly by the bureau and the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which found that almost half of consumers “seriously considered” only one lender before making a choice. Also, “Barely any consumers considered more than three lenders,” the economists added. “Worse, many consumers do not seem to realize that there is price dispersion.” In other words, ...


April 24, 2017 - Inside the CFPB

CSBS Asks Congress to Grant QM Status to Portfolio Loans

The Conference of State Bank Supervisors urged the leadership of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee to enact legislation that would grant qualified-mortgage status under the CFPB’s ability-to-repay rule for loans held in portfolio, as part of a broader set of proposals to stimulate economic growth. The CSBS was one of a number of groups that responded to an invitation by the banking committee to provide ideas for stimulating economic activity. “State regulators have long supported a flexible approach to underwriting for institutions that retain mortgages in portfolio because interests are inherently aligned between consumers and lenders that retain 100 percent of the risk of default,” said the CSBS. “One solution that would tailor the requirement to the ...


April 24, 2017 - Inside the CFPB

Draft of CHOICE Act 2.0 Would Make Multiple Changes to CFPB

House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-TX, last week released a detailed discussion draft of his pending revised Financial CHOICE Act that would extensively revise the mortgage regulatory landscape. Issues of interest to the mortgage industry include manufactured housing, the definition of points and fees, a qualified-mortgage safe harbor for loans held in portfolio, regulatory relief for community banks, transitional licensing for loan originators, Home Mortgage Disclosure Act records maintenance and disclosure requirements, and HMDA data privacy. There would be some drastic changes made to the CFPB, too, most notably the elimination of its rulemaking, supervisory and enforcement authority and its market monitoring functions and turning it into a law enforcement agency. Other CFPB-related changes include: Changing the name ...


April 24, 2017 - Inside the CFPB

DOJ Wins a Place in PHH Case’s Upcoming En Banc Proceedings

The Trump administration’s Department of Justice has convinced the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to grant it 10 minutes to present its unusual case when oral arguments are heard in the upcoming en banc proceedings in PHH Corp. v. CFPB. “Upon consideration of the unopposed motion of the United States for leave to participate in oral argument, it is ordered that the motion be granted,” the appeals court said in its one-page order. PHH Corp. et al., as petitioners will have 30 minutes to make their case, as will the CFPB as respondent. “The United States agrees with petitioner PHH Corp. that the for-cause removal provision is unconstitutional, but agrees with the CFPB that the ...


April 24, 2017 - Inside the CFPB

Industry Groups Raise Multiple Issues with HMDA Proposal

Industry representatives thanked the CFPB for making an effort to facilitate compliance with the pending Home Mortgage Disclosure Act final rule, most of which takes effect Jan. 1, 2018. However, the fact that revisions are being offered at all is a sign that the bureau just cannot get it right, according to some officials Anne Canfield, executive director of the Consumer Mortgage Coalition, said her membership always appreciates any effort any of the regulators make to improve a regulation. “However, the CFPB’s proposed amendments to its HMDA regulation falls far short of what is needed,” she said. One of the CMC’s concerns is that since the bureau has not identified what it intends to do with the data, how does ...


April 24, 2017 - Inside the CFPB

CFPB Proposes Numerous Changes to Pending HMDA Disclosure Rule

The CFPB has put out a proposed rule to help mortgage lenders comply with the updates it made to the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act regulation back in 2015, most of which haven’t even taken effect yet. “The Home Mortgage Disclosure Act shines a much-needed spotlight on the mortgage market, which is the largest consumer financial market in the world,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray. “Today’s proposal reflects the bureau’s ongoing and substantive engagement with stakeholders in the marketplace, and will help industry meet its new reporting obligations.” Among the suggested alterations in the agency’s proposed rule is the clarification of certain key terms, such as “temporary financing.” The CFPB wants to amend the commentary to the current final rule to ...


April 24, 2017 - Inside the CFPB

Ocwen Disputes Allegations Raised By State Regulators

Ocwen Financial, stung by legal actions brought simultaneously last week by the CFPB and scores of state regulators, responded by issuing a detailed statement disputing the allegations made by state regulators and defending its business practices. “As with the recent CFPB enforcement action, Ocwen strongly disputes the key allegations made in the state regulators’ cease-and-desist orders that Ocwen’s mortgage loan servicing practices have caused substantial consumer harm,” the company said. “Ocwen will not sign unfair and unjust consent orders that make impractical demands that no other market participant could rationally accept, and which would harm consumers,” it added. “Under these circumstances, Ocwen has a responsibility to its customers, shareholders and employees to vigorously defend the company against unfounded claims while ...


April 24, 2017 - Inside the CFPB

Scores of States Take Actions Of Their Own Against Ocwen

The CFPB was not alone in its crackdown last week on Ocwen Financial over its alleged mortgage servicing failures and violations. The same day the bureau announced its action, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and Office of Financial Regulation Commissioner Drew Breakspear filed a federal civil consumer protection lawsuit against Ocwen and subsidiaries, Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC, and Ocwen Mortgage Servicing, Inc., for what they called “mortgage servicing misconduct.” According to the complaint, Ocwen harmed citizens of the Sunshine State by filing illegal foreclosures, mishandling loan modifications, misapplying mortgage payments, failing to pay insurance premiums from escrow and collecting excessive fees. Ocwen services roughly 125,000 home mortgages in the state. The complaint, filed in federal court in West Palm Beach, ...


April 24, 2017 - Inside the CFPB

CFPB Takes Action Against Ocwen, Stock is Slammed but Rebounds

The CFPB last week filed a massive civil damage case against top-ranked mortgage servicer Ocwen Financial, accusing the nonbank and its subsidiaries, Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC, and Ocwen Mortgage Servicing, Inc., of “failing borrowers at every stage of the mortgage servicing process.” The agency alleges that Ocwen’s “years of widespread errors, shortcuts and runarounds cost some borrowers money and others their homes.” Ocwen allegedly botched basic functions like sending accurate monthly statements, properly crediting payments, and handling taxes and insurance. The agency added that Ocwen also illegally foreclosed on struggling borrowers, ignored customer complaints, and sold off the servicing rights to loans without fully disclosing the mistakes it made in borrowers’ records. Among the CFPB’s major allegations was that the ...


April 24, 2017 - IMFnews

Short Takes: A Major Reorg in the Offing? / 24 States and Ocwen / Arch Readies 1Q17 Results / National MI in Linked Note Deal / Delinquency Figures on Lone Star-Related MBS / Alterra Hires Sales Chief

Arch Capital will issue its quarterly earnings this Wednesday, April 26. It will mark the first earnings release following the Arch Mortgage Insurance purchase of competitor United Guaranty…


April 24, 2017 - IMFnews

Investors Unite Criticizes Parts of MBA’s GSE Plan

Investors Unite: “We’re encouraged to see that MBA has changed its position on both of these issues and we also note that in their [sic] paper, MBA acknowledges the role of the Federal Housing Finance Agency … in stabilizing the companies during the conservatorship.”


April 21, 2017 - IMFnews

What We’re Hearing: How do you Solve a Problem Like Ocwen? / Hints that Something was Afoot / Should Ocwen Call its Overseas Workforce Home? / Influencing the GSE Debate / Ginnie Mae Cracks the $1.8 Trillion Mark

And now the obvious questions becomes: where does Ocwen go from here? The company can’t possibly be sold because of all the outstanding lawsuits and “legacy” problems...


April 21, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

Freddie Looks to Increase Mortgage-Ready MH Buyers

Freddie Mac introduced a curriculum to help potential manufactured homebuyers in Kentucky get a mortgage and is now looking to increase lender participation in the program. The GSE partnered with Next Step Network, a housing intermediary based in Louisville, and three nonprofit housing counseling agencies to create the online education curriculum aimed at better preparing Kentucky homebuyers with blemished credit histories. Since the initiative was rolled out...


April 21, 2017 - IMFnews

Veep Economist Calabria Hints at No Official Plan for Fannie/Freddie Yet

“Maybe we end up in the exact same spot as the last generation, maybe we end up with Corker-Warner,” said Calabria.


April 21, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Blockchain Touted as a Way to Help Reduce Reg AB2 Compliance Costs for MBS and ABS

Blockchain technology could help reduce the compliance costs associated with Regulation AB2, according to the Structured Finance Industry Group and the Chamber of Digital Commerce. The two trade groups recently submitted a comment letter to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority in response to FINRA’s report on distributed ledger technology. FINRA, an independent regulator of broker-dealers, is considering the implications of blockchain for the securities industry. Blockchain is...


April 21, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBA Fleshes Out Details on Mortgage-Reform Plan To Convert Fannie and Freddie to New ‘Utilities’

The Mortgage Bankers Association is sticking with its proposal to keep Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac alive, but with new charters, while inviting other players to compete with the two giants in the securitization of conventional mortgages. The trade group this week proposed a utility-like model for the re-christened government-sponsored enterprises. They would inherit the personnel and systems the GSEs now have, but become limited-purpose, publicly owned securitization businesses under tight government regulation. Other entities could apply...


April 20, 2017 - IMFnews

The CFPB and Florida Take Action Against Nation’s 10th Largest Servicer Ocwen; Share Price Gets Crushed

Ocwen added: “The substantive allegations in today’s suit are inaccurate and unfounded.”


April 20, 2017 - IMFnews

Short Takes: Fix-and-Flip Lender Ready to Employ Loan Brokers / Habib Says Rates Will Head Higher / Megabanks Looking at Nonprime Whole Loan Buys? / The Consumer Law Enforcement Agency? / Ditech’s MSR Reduction

We understand that some surprising names are beginning to show up at auctions for nonprime, non-agency whole loans...


April 20, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Industry Calls for Extensive Changes to CFPB Mortgage Rules as Senate Eyeballs Dodd-Frank

Most of the discussion about lender relief from the compliance burdens under the Dodd-Frank Act has revolved around the Financial CHOICE Act sponsored by House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-TX. But the wheels are starting to move in the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, where Chairman Mike Crapo, R-ID, has begun receiving input from industry trade groups about the kind of changes they would like to see. The lion’s share of the industry’s concerns have to do with the mortgage rules promulgated by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, whether it’s the integrated disclosure rule, the ability-to-repay rule or the penchant the bureau seems to have for bypassing the public rulemaking process through the use of consent orders. The Mortgage Bankers Association urged...


April 20, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

CFPB Proposes Clarifications to HMDA Rule, But Industry Says Problems Remain, Delay Needed

Most of the provisions of the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act final rule the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau promulgated back in 2015 won’t take effect until January 2018, and already the agency is proposing a host of clarifications, technical corrections and minor changes with the stated goal of fostering lender compliance. Among the suggested alterations to the CFPB’s proposed rule, issued last week, is the clarification of certain key terms, such as “temporary financing” and “automated underwriting system.” The proposal also would establish...


April 20, 2017 - IMFnews

Discussion Draft of CHOICE Act 2.0 Would Make Multiple Changes to CFPB, Mortgage Lending

The measure also would allow a recipient of a civil investigative demand to appeal the order to the U.S. District Court system…


April 20, 2017 - IMFnews

MBA Issues 60-Page Report on Reforming Fannie and Freddie

The trade group first launched its GSE task force in late 2012 with 17 initial executive members, including Bob Ryan, a Wells Fargo executive who is now the acting deputy director of the division of conservatorship at the Federal Housing Finance Agency.


April 20, 2017 - IMFnews

CFPB Suggests Lenders are Making Billions Because Borrowers Aren’t Effectively Shopping for a Mortgage

The agency estimates that collectively, borrowers are missing out on $13.0 billion per year in foregone savings…


April 19, 2017 - IMFnews

Ocwen Prepares for MSR Acquisition Restrictions to be Lifted, but No Specific Deals are in the Works

Moody’s believes servicing acquisitions by Ocwen will be limited by franchise uncertainty, capital constraints and a highly competitive market…


April 19, 2017 - IMFnews

The Final Tally on FHA Legal Settlements for 2016: $454 Million

The largest civil money penalty imposed by the board was $604,000 as part of a settlement with Ocwen Loan Servicing...


April 18, 2017 - IMFnews

Ginnie Mae Officials Attribute Decline in VA Refis to Anti-Churning Policy

John Getchis, senior vice president at Ginnie Mae, said he does not think the churning trend will continue…


April 17, 2017 - IMFnews

Short Takes: CFPB Sends Discrimination Cases to DOJ / Trump Set to Shift Fed / Origination Profits Increase / Walter Appoints General Counsel

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau referred eight matters to the Department of Justice last year, claiming it found discrimination in credit transactions.


April 17, 2017 - IMFnews

Redlining, Mortgage Servicing Remain Top CFPB Fair Lending Priorities

At the end of 2016, the CFPB had a number of pending investigations in the fair lending area, but the regulator offered no other details.


April 17, 2017 - IMFnews

Industry Calls for More Guidance From CFPB, Less Regulation by Enforcement

“The CFPB’s use of consent decrees and administrative decisions to make changes in the rules, rather than formal rulemaking or published guidance, has created uncertainty in the market and higher costs for consumers,” the Mortgage Bankers Association said.


April 14, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Around the Industry

Judgment Imposed on Former President and Founder of Loan Correspondent Firm. A federal court in Chicago ordered the former president and founder of MDR Mortgage of Palatine, IL, to pay more than $10 million to the Department of Housing and Urban Development for submitting false certifications on FHA loans. The HUD Inspector General Office and the Department of Justice withheld the identity of the former bank official, who was found liable under the False Claims Act and the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act. The violations allegedly involved loans the FHA insured from 2006 through August 7, 2008, the period during which MDR submitted the allegedly false certifications. The DOJ identified 237 loans that MDR processed during the period in question. The loans defaulted and resulted in $3.4 million in claims paid by the FHA. In addition, MDR provided annual verifications to ...


April 14, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Patenaude for DepHUDSEC? Bright To Replace Tozer at Ginnie Mae?

The Trump White House has yet to fill key positions at the Department of Housing and Urban Development and agencies that fall under the HUD umbrella, including the FHA and Ginnie Mae. According to industry officials who claim to have some knowledge of the process, the administration is seriously considering Pam Patenaude to be the deputy HUD secretary. Patenaude is president of the J. Ronald Terwilliger Foundation for Housing America’s Families. She served as HUD assistant secretary for community, planning and development during the George W. Bush administration. Meanwhile, Michael Bright has been mentioned as a candidate to be the next president of Ginnie Mae. Bright currently serves as director, Center for Financial Markets at the Milken Institute. During his career he has worked for mortgage lender/servicer PennyMac, investment banking firm BlackRock and ...


April 14, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Initial Loan Defect Rate Drops in 4Q16, Missing Docs Leading Cause

The initial material defect rate on sampled FHA loans targeted for a post-endorsement technical review was down in the fourth quarter of 2016 from the previous quarter, according to the FHA’s latest quarterly loan review update. FHA’s Lending Insight reports the material defect rate prior to curing fell to 49 percent in 4Q16 from 53 percent in the previous quarter, based on an analysis of 5,267 sampled FHA loans endorsed between Oct. 1, 2016, and Dec. 31, 2016. Of the loans sampled, 75 percent were purchase-money mortgages; 10 percent were streamlined refinances; 7 percent rate and term refinances, and 8 percent, Home Equity Conversion Mortgage loans. Twenty percent of the sample, 1,081 loans, were conforming while 25 percent, or 1,313 loans, were found to be defective. About 13 percent of the loans were denied endorsement. On the other hand, approximately 41 percent of loans ...


April 14, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

MBA Remarks on Defect Taxonomy, LRS, Changes to Data Collection

The Mortgage Bankers Association is calling for improvements and clarifications of the new Loan Review System and the Defect Taxonomy to provide FHA lenders greater certainty as to the type of errors that can expose them to False Claims Act risk. The LRS unifies FHA quality control processes into a single system, including test cases from post-closing lenders, post-endorsement loan reviews, lender monitoring reviews and lender self-reporting. It streamlines all the review processes and analysis of results. The new system includes the defect taxonomy, a streamlined rating system for documenting loan-review results and finding the root cause of defects. In MBA’s view, the defect taxonomy shows how far FHA has advanced to ensure lender accountability for the quality of their loans, protecting borrowers and managing its financial risks. However, the Department of Housing and Urban Development needs to ...


April 14, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

MRB Reports Settlements, Fines From Administrative Actions

The Mortgage Review Board reported approximately $454.4 million in settlements against 25 FHA lenders for various violations of agency lending requirements and imposed more than $1.8 million fines and other penalties against 253 lenders for annual recertification violations. The settlements and penalties resulted from administrative actions taken by the board against FHA lenders from Oct. 1, 2015, through Sept. 30, 2016. The settlements did not constitute an admission of liability or fault. The largest settlement amount, $113 million, was between Freedom Mortgage of Mount Laurel, NJ, and the Department of Justice to resolve alleged violations of FHA requirements and the False Claims Act. In August last year, the MRB voted to release Freedom from any civil money penalties or administrative actions as part of the lender’s settlement with the DOJ. The largest civil money penalty imposed by the ...


April 14, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Perceived Shortage of Appraisers Delays VA Closings, Raises Costs

The VA mortgage market is experiencing a shortage of qualified appraisers willing to accept VA loan assignments, causing longer wait times, delayed closings and higher appraisal costs. Testifying during a hearing called by the House Veterans Affairs’ Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity, top VA officials complained of difficulty in obtaining appraisals, particularly in rural and remote areas of the country. Jeffrey London, director of the VA Loan Guaranty Service, said the apparent shortage has resulted in turn times for appraisals that can take up to nine weeks. The VA maintains a seven-day timeliness requirement for appraisals for the VA Fee Panel. The problem was more acute last year when loan volumes were strong in many markets, including VA. Turnaround times for appraisals may have exceeded more than 30 days in some rural areas, according to the Appraisal Institute. The markets have ...


April 14, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

GNMA Officials Attribute Decline in VA Refis to Anti-Churning Policy

A steep drop in VA-backed securities issuance in the first quarter of 2017 suggests that Ginnie Mae’s efforts to curb serial refinancing of VA loans are working, according to agency officials. Speaking on a panel at the annual VA Lenders Conference in Kansas City, MO, this week, Ginnie executives said that a change in pooling requirements for streamlined refinance mortgages appears to have curbed a destructive appetite for refinancing new VA loans within six months of closing. The practice has caused faster prepayments in Ginnie mortgage-backed securities pools and smaller payouts to investors. VA refi volume fell 42.7 percent from the previous quarter (see chart on page 2), contributing significantly to the 32.2 percent decline in total VA loan securitization during the period. John Getchis, senior vice president at Ginnie Mae, said he does not think the churning trend will continue because the ...


April 14, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

PennyMac Claims Top Rank in Ginnie MBS Production in 1Q17

There is a new boss in the Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed securities market. PennyMac Financial rose to the top of the issuer ranking in the first quarter of 2017 despite a sharp decline in volume, according to a new analysis and ranking by Inside FHA/VA Lending. PennyMac issued $10.78 billion of single-family Ginnie securities during the first three months of the year. The figures in this analysis are based on Ginnie loan-level disclosures, which truncate loan amounts to $1,000 increments. PennyMac’s first-quarter production was off 27.9 percent from the fourth quarter of 2016, a slightly bigger decline than the 24.8 percent drop in overall Ginnie issuance. Even though the firm fared slightly worse than the total market, its first-quarter downturn was less severe than Wells Fargo’s. Wells has been the top Ginnie producer for a long time, as well as the top player in most segments of the ... [ Charts ]


April 14, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Lenders Seek Changes to ATR Rule

Congress should make a number of changes to the ability-to-repay rule that would encourage more non-agency lending, according to the Consumer Mortgage Coalition. The CMC represents lenders, servicers and service providers. “The liability for mortgage lending is now so severe that private capital has left the mortgage market and has stayed away,” Anne Canfield, executive director of the CMC, said in testimony last week submitted to a subcommittee of the ...


April 14, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Chase Pushes for More Non-Agency Lending

Private capital needs to return to the mortgage market to make the market less dependent on taxpayers, according to JPMorgan Chase. The company dedicated portions of its latest annual report to call for a number of changes that could increase non-agency lending. According to Chase, a “healthy” non-agency mortgage-backed security market hasn’t resumed eight years after the financial crisis because housing finance reform and other securitization standards ...


April 14, 2017 - IMFnews

FHFA IG Cites Problems with the Agency’s Examiner Program

The agency has acknowledged the need for a commissioned examiner program to provide classroom and on-the-job training…


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With the spring homebuying season in full swing, what percentage of your March 2017 application volume has been for “purchase” loans?

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