Legislative Issues

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November 9, 2018 - Inside The GSEs

Midterm Election and the GSEs, Democrat Waters to Chair HFSC

This week’s midterm election ushered in a sea-change in the House of Representatives but it’s uncertain how it will influence housing finance reform. Now that the Democrats are the majority in the House, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) is in line to serve as chair of the House Financial Services Committee. Back in July, Waters said fixing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would be a top priority if Democrats take control of the House. She’s been at odds with outgoing chair, Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-TX ...


November 9, 2018 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Odds of GSE Reform May Not Have Changed Much

With Democrats recapturing control of the House of Representatives this week, and Rep. Maxine Waters, D-CA, expected to chair the House Financial Services Committee, the odds of housing-finance reform becoming a reality in 2019 didn’t improve all that much. In short, legislative reform remains a long shot. At least that’s the consensus of industry lobbyists and analysts interviewed this week by Inside Mortgage Trends. “Could Waters get something done?” asked ...


November 2, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

QM Patch Expiration Could Shift More High-DTI Loans to FHA

Certain potential changes could materially affect origination volume and determine the government-sponsored enterprises’ direction going forward, according to analysts. One of those changes could have a significant impact on the FHA market. Wells Fargo Securities analysts recently looked at three potential developments in the Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac sphere and evaluated their effects on the broader mortgage market. Two of those potential changes – loan limits and guarantee fees – are controlled directly by the Federal Housing Finance Agency, while the third relates to the temporary GSE qualified-mortgage exemption, or “QM patch,” which could affect the FHA market. All three factors loom over the mortgage landscape as the FHFA expects a new director in January 2019, who is likely to be more right leaning and could shift the focus back to shrinking the ...


October 19, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA Reboots QM Rule Following Passage of Dodd-Frank Reform Act

The Department of Veterans Affairs will begin a new rulemaking on qualified mortgages to conform to Dodd-Frank reform act mandates. Observers say the move is simply housekeeping, since the previous QM interim final rule (IFR) requirements were rendered moot with the enactment of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act back in May. The new law, also known as the Dodd-Frank reform act, superseded the previous rule’s seasoning and recoupment requirements for VA Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loans. Specifically, the act removed the category of rebuttable presumption for IRRRLs deemed as QM under the interim final rule. It also imposed new requirements that were not considered at the time the IFR was issued. The VA did not say whether changes were made ...


October 19, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

CMLA Seeks New Language for Bill Addressing ‘Orphan’ VA IRRRLs

Community mortgage lenders are asking the U.S. Senate to consider with caution before voting on legislative language passed recently by the House of Representatives to address “orphan” VA streamline refinance loans. Specifically, the Community Mortgage Lenders of America asked the Senate to step back and allow some time for substitute language to be presented with input from the industry and the Department of Veterans Affairs. At issue is the wording in H.R. 6737, the Protect Affordable Mortgages for Veterans Act of 2018. The bill fixes a technical issue that prevented VA lenders from pooling certain VA Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loans in Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed securities pools. Approximately 2,500 VA refi loans were affected by an inconsistency between the loan seasoning guidelines issued by Ginnie in late 2016 and provisions in the ...


October 15, 2018 - Inside the CFPB

Waters Seeks to Get the CFPB Back to Obama-Era Operation

Rep. Maxine Waters, D-CA, ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee, introduced a bill to undo changes Acting CFPB Director Mick Mulvaney has made to the agency during his tenure. The legislation has no chance in the current session of Congress, but it would likely get on the fast track if Democrats win control of the House in the upcoming midterm elections. “My bill, the Consumer First Act, would reverse the harmful changes the Trump administration ...


October 11, 2018 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Senate Banking Panel Hearing to Explore GSE Pilot Programs on Private MI, MSR Financing, SFR Sales

The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee next week is expected to push officials from Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Housing Finance Agency on controversial pilot programs that have drawn the ire of certain industry factions.


October 5, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Around the Industry

FHA Issues Waiver of Property Inspections in Disaster-Stricken California Counties. FHA has issued a waiver of its timing policy for completing property inspections prior to closing or endorsing a loan for FHA insurance. The waiver is in effect in presidentially declared major disaster areas in Lake and Shasta Counties, CA, that were ravaged by wildfires and high winds. FHA believes that the wildfires and high winds have stabilized so as not to cause any further damage to properties, even though FEMA has not declared “all clear” in the affected areas. The waiver allows damage inspections to be completed after Oct. 2, for properties located in the PDMDA. NC Commissioner of Banks Amends State Reverse Mortgage Rules. The North Carolina Commissioner of Banks recently amended its ...


October 5, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Senate Still Has Time to Enact VA ‘Orphan’ Loan Bill, Says MBA

The mortgage banking industry is optimistic about Congress enacting legislation that would cure VA orphan loans before the midterm elections. The U.S. Senate still has time to consider H.R. 6737, the Protect Affordable Mortgages for Veterans Act, according to Bill Kilmer, chief lobbyist at the Mortgage Bankers Association. “Most observers think [lawmakers are] going to be around until Oct. 18 or 19, which is when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he wants to keep folks around to work on nominations and other measures they need to clear,” Kilmer said. “There is time and, more to the substantive point, the bill passed the House.” H.R. 6737 would provide a technical fix so that certain VA refinance loans would be eligible for pooling in a Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed security. The bill was reported out of committee by a unanimous 49-0 vote, and was approved quickly by the House ...


October 4, 2018 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Mortgage Industry Waiting for Guidance on Implementation of Dodd-Frank Reforms

The industry is still waiting for guidance on how mortgage-related rules were changed by the Dodd-Frank regulatory relief bill, even though most provisions took effect immediately when the bill was signed into law in May. A number of requirements were changed in regard to smaller financial institutions by the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, including the qualified-mortgage standard. However, the industry is still awaiting guidance from the Consumer Financial ...


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