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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National Mortgage Risk Index down slightly in July but trouble ahead

FHA not compensating for high DTI loans; GSEs only partially
Trey Garrison
AEI’s National Mortgage Risk Index for home purchase loans stood at 11.41% in July, down almost 0.25% from June.
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Labor market recovery weak and incomplete, Yellen says

Interest rate hikes may come, but depends on jobs, inflation
Trey Garrison
Interest rates and the weak labor market dominated the balance of Fed Chair Janet Yellen’s speech from Jackson Hole on Friday morning.
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Florida housing market settles into “new normal”

Property inventory up, prices up
Brena Swanson
“We are now beginning to see that the 'new normal' is really the 'old normal' with statistical patterns reminiscent of the market that prevailed prior to the frantic run-up of prices,” Florida Realtors Chief Economist John Tuccillo said.
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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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