It now seems all but certain that 2014 will end without any further progress on comprehensive mortgage finance legislation.
But the coming months will offer little comfort for those who rooted for such a stalemate in hope of avoiding hard decisions about fundamental parts of the current system.
Before Mel Watt could even get his name plate on the door as head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, top federal regulators are already urging him to end contributions to the National Housing Trust Fund and the Capital Magnet Fund.
Sometimes offshoring sounds like a bad word. In reality, offshore mortgage servicing simply means using remote staff, usually to take advantage of lower labor and overhead costs and round-the-clock staffing availability. But legitimate questions remain. In the midst of increasing compliance pressures, is offshoring a sound strategy for mortgage servicers looking to stay competitive, or a fast track to dissatisfied customers and trouble with the CFPB?
Houses that have been rehabbed in the recovery project are now being sold as quickly as they are completed, and the profit on each house goes right into rehabbing the next one. In the past two years, the company has rehabbed and sold 58 homes, and has plans to do 200 more.
The fate of the Fannie and Freddie investors is not our concern. We are concerned about what happens to communities. And what is happening right now is that the future ability of working class families to obtain responsible home loans is in serious jeopardy.