08
JUN
2017
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Will Looser Credit Standards Increase Home Ownership?

Maybe! But, is it the final answer? The challenge, as I see it today, is a shortage of homes available for sale at the entry end of the spectrum. Homes normally purchased by first-time and low to moderate income home buyers. These would be the ‘first rungs’ of the housing ladder....
07
JUN
2017
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The Results Are In; Lenders are Optimistic

Lenders are optimistic about the effects the Trump administration’s policies will have on their business, based on a survey conducted by Ebiquity, on behalf of the Lenders One Cooperative, of St Louis. That’s rare, some positive news about the new president. Seventy-three percent...
06
JUN
2017
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What’s The National Consumer Assistance Plan?

The National Consumer Assistance Plan is an initiative launched by the three nationwide consumer credit reporting companies – Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion – to make credit reports more accurate and make it easier for consumers to correct any errors on their credit reports....
02
JUN
2017
Just in case you haven’t been following things closely, lenders will be required to report a whole bunch of additional HMDA information for loans reported in 2018; but you probably already knew that (I hope). The MBA, in support of its members and the industry, says that CFPB should extend the new requirements for at least one year because CFPB hasn’t lived up to end of the bargain. According to the MBA request, lenders and industry vendors are still awaiting for the following from CFPB: · A release of the new reporting portal · A promised geocoding tool for use by lenders in identifying property locations · New data validation information · Information of the security of consumer PII reported under HMDA There is no reason to rush to implement the desired CFPB changes. The current HMDA data reporting provides sufficient information for lending review and evaluation, as it has done for years. Why push to implement new requirements when everything isn’t in place to allow lenders to properly prepare for compliance? In addition, such a delay will allow additional time for a more detailed review to determine if all of the new required data elements would be beneficial. Further, if CFPB has the requisite authority to make such changes. For more information and insight, you can review MBA’s information and their letter. I, for one, agree. Why rush things when we’re not ready? We would hate to go through all the time and expense to prepare for things as they are currently presented, only to be required to make additional costly changes for adjustments made after the fact. Hopefully, rational thinking will prevail (for a change).

MBA to the Rescue; HMDA Extension Requested

Just in case you haven’t been following things closely, lenders will be required to report a whole bunch of additional HMDA information for loans reported in 2018; but you probably already knew that (I hope). The MBA, in support of its members and the industry, says that CFPB...
01
JUN
2017
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What is FHA’s Role In Housing Finance?

FHA has always been seen as a vehicle to provide needed home financing for low-to-moderate income homebuyers. Since their inception many years ago, they have served these needs quite well. It appears they now may be challenged by the new administration’s budget proposals...
31
MAY
2017
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Just Another Low Down Payment Loan?

Guild Mortgage announced their new 3-for-1 equity loan program. The borrower puts down 1% while Guild provides an additional 2% down from lender assistance. The nice thing is that the additional 2% is not a loan but rather a grant that need not be repaid. Sounds pretty good! The...
30
MAY
2017
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The Ups and Downs of the New Mortgage Market

The summer season is here! With Memorial Day now past and our veterans honored (hopefully not forgotten), we move on to the business of financing the spring and summer sales. By most accounts, things look good for housing and mortgage financing. The economy continues to grow,...
26
MAY
2017
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Never Forget

Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May. It was formerly known as Decoration Day and commemorates all men and women who have died in military service for the United States. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day and it is traditionally seen as the...
25
MAY
2017
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Who Should Pay for FHA Technology Upgrades?

Everyone agrees that the use of technology can increase productivity while decreasing costs to operate. This is true in just about any business, including mortgage lending. So, FHA is looking to upgrade their risk management systems and requesting new administrative fees totaling...
23
MAY
2017
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Despite Political Uncertainty, Business Remains Optimistic

A recent Institute for Supply Management survey shows that, by margins of more than four-to-one, companies that were increasing their capital spending plans because of an “improved business outlook” rather than “prospects for regulatory reform.” At the same time, businesses and...