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Community lenders: We should be exempt from CFPB exams and primary enforcement, too

Just like most banks already are
The Community Home Lenders Association believes that small non-bank mortgage lenders should be exempt from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's exams and primary enforcement, just as most banks already are. Here, the organization explains why and discusses why that exemption would help small lenders better serve consumers.
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Dallas homebuilding values shift dramatically

More expensive homes being built
New home starts in Dallas may be up, but it won’t help the affordability crisis as homebuilders made a dramatic shift in the type of homes they are building. Instead of building affordable homes, new home starts are increasing in the higher price ranges.
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CFPB will update Know Before You Owe rule

Here's everything in the works right now
Staying true to its announcement three months ago, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released a set of proposed updates to its Know Before You Owe mortgage disclosure rule after industry calls asked for greater clarity and certainty on the rule. However, the changes, while welcomed, don't address everything the industry asked for.
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Consumers unsure about economic conditions

Consumer sentiment decreases in July
Consumer sentiment decreased in July from last year as well as last month. Some of the decrease can be credited to Brexit, and near the end of July consumers became more optimistic about the state of the economy.
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Paltry GDP growth shows economy is "barely above water"

Residential construction fell due to weaker single-family housing starts
“Over the past 12 months, the economy has expanded by only 1.2%,” Paul Ashworth, chief economist at Capital Economics, said. “What is really worrying is that pace has still been enough to reduce the unemployment rate further, suggesting that the economy’s potential growth rate could conceivably be close to zero.”
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Fannie Mae sells first small NPL pool to private equity firm

First Community Impact pool not sold to a non-profit
Fannie Mae announced Thursday that it selected a winning bidder for its fourth sale of non-performing loans as part of its "Community Impact Pool" program. But for the first time since it began targeting smaller investors, Fannie Mae selected a private equity firm as the winner of the auction.
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Two Harbors gives up securitization business

Also abandons mortgage loan conduit business
Once a prominent feature of the secondary mortgage market, prime jumbo residential-mortgage backed securities fell out of favor in the aftermath of the housing crisis. While the post-crisis figures paled in comparison to the pre-crisis days, there are still a number of companies actively issuing prime jumbo RMBS deals. But now, there’s one less.
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