Urban Institute: Qualified Mortgage impact overblown

Urban Institute: Qualified Mortgage impact overblown

New rules have only slightly slowed mortgage lending

WATCH: Former Wells Fargo CEO calls BofA fine “extortion”

Kovacevich says fine is political and has “nothing to do with justice”

BofA reaches $16.65B settlement over "toxic waste" mortgages

Loans date back to Countrywide and Merrill Lynch
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What's Google have to do with mortgages?

How a recent study of digital expectations relates to lending
Matt Corcoran

Mega-tech brands like Google and Amazon not only have the deep pockets and relationships to enter the space if they wish, but also have the hardware and software framework of the digital channels required to deliver a trustworthy consumer experience around something like a mortgage.


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Huge tax bill for homeowners who receive BofA settlement?

The relief could be too good to be true
Ben Lane
There could be a huge tax bill coming for borrowers that accept relief as part of the $16.65 billion settlement between Bank of America and the U.S. Department of Justice.
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Home Depot names new CEO

Craig Menear to take reins on November 1
Ben Lane
Menear, who has been with the company since 1997, is currently Home Depot’s president of U.S. retail. He has been in that position since February 2014.
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Urban Institute: Qualified Mortgage impact overblown

New rules have only slightly slowed mortgage lending
Ben Lane
According to new analysis from the Housing Finance Policy Center team at the Urban Institute, there has been “surprisingly little impact” on the mortgage origination numbers since QM went into effect in January.
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Here are the 12 lucky firms that landed the CFPB eClosing pilot program

Group explores benefits of technology in mortgages
Brena Swanson
It’s here. The anticipated list of participants in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s mortgage eClosing pilot program was released Thursday, with 12 companies now helping pave the way into streamlining the mortgage process.
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Has the credit restriction pendulum swung too far?

BPC Summit: Balance has to be struck and right now it’s off kilter
Trey Garrison
Current rules and practices regarding credit boxes for both underserved and middle class borrowers have to be reformed, according to several of the leading voices speaking at the Bipartisan Policy Center Housing Commission’s regional forum.
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FHA pushes blueprint to help lenders lift credit overlays

BPC Summit: Forward plan to broaden the FHA credit box
Trey Garrison
The most important agenda for the FHA moving forward is a blueprint for lenders so that they have confidence and can remove some of their credit overlays and lend to a broader credit box for FHA loans, according to Galante.
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WATCH: Former Wells Fargo CEO calls BofA fine “extortion”

Kovacevich says fine is political and has “nothing to do with justice”
Ben Lane
"Why are we charging the stock holders instead of going after the people who did wrong?” former Wells Fargo CEO Dick Kovacevich said. “Corporations don't engage in criminal behavior. They don't take advantage of innocent people. People do.”
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FDIC allotted $1.03 billion of BofA settlement

Claim connected to 26 failed banks
Brena Swanson
Included in Bank of America's settlement with the Depart of Justice, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation as receiver for 26 failed banks will receive $1.03 billion.
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HOPE NOW: Foreclosure sales fall to pre-bust levels

Total number of loan modifications since 2007 reaches 7.1 million
Ben Lane
The estimated 115,000 foreclosure sales in the second quarter represented a decline of 9% from the first quarter’s total of 126,000. HOPE NOW notes that the second quarter total was the lowest since it started tracking the data in 2007.
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