Legislative Issues

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January 18, 2019 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Plan Afoot to Reintroduce VA ‘Orphan Loan’ Measure

Congress reportedly plans to reintroduce legislation that would restore Ginnie Mae eligibility for hundred-million dollars’ worth of so-called orphan VA streamline refinance loans. H.R. 6737, Protect Affordable Mortgages for Veterans Act of 2018, was passed by the House by voice vote on Sept. 26 last year and was sent to the Senate, where it was stalled on a technicality. The bill aimed to clarify new seasoning requirements in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (S. 2155) that specifically applied to VA’s Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loans and which became effective upon enactment. The requirements were designed to curb churning of VA loans that were triggering unusually fast prepayments in Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed securities. Some lenders and brokers were soliciting homeowners to refinance their VA mortgages more than once to ...


January 17, 2019 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Supreme Court Rejects CFPB Constitutionality Case

The U.S. Supreme Court Monday refused to hear a case challenging the constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, turning away a legal challenge that could have led to more presidential power over the consumer watchdog.


January 4, 2019 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Groups Resist Use of GNMA Model in GSE Reform Plan

The mortgage banking industry has raised concerns about a legislative proposal that would eliminate the current government-sponsored enterprise market and create a new secondary market structure based on a Ginnie Mae model.


December 21, 2018 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Analysts Call for New Digital Registry System

Legislation is needed to establish a digital registry system for mortgages and titles, according to two industry analysts, who recently released the Simplified Mortgage and Recorded Title Act, a proposed bill they claim will help prompt the return of a robust private secondary market for mortgages. The proposed legislation was drafted by William Fry, the sole proprietor of Greenwich Capital, and Robert Hockett, a professor at Cornell Law School. Prospects for the SMART Act look ...


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