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Are record-low interest rates masking high-cost mortgage lending?

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FHFA Senior Associate Meg Burns joins The Collingwood Group

Formerly senior associate director for housing and regulatory policy
Ben Lane
In her new role, Burns will “leverage her considerable regulatory experience and housing policy expertise to promote the development and adoption of policies and initiatives that will help bring greater clarity and confidence to the housing finance industry,” The Collingwood Group said.
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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Will record low rates jumpstart mortgages?

Plus a new subprime wave, revised stress test, and housing metrics galore
Trey Garrison
The industry hopes record low rates will spark a surge in buying and refis, but there's a limit on how much those can help. Plus, will the new FHFA guidelines lead to a surge in subprime lending with all the risks that carries, or is it going to be different this time?
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Toll Brothers CEO calls new mortgage rules dumb

“3% down doesn’t make any sense”
Brena Swanson
Not every builder is on board with federal regulators’ move this week to open the credit box and ease mortgage-qualification standards. While other builders like PulteGroup and Ryland Group welcome the new rules, Luxury homebuilder Toll Brothers finds the rule dumb.
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This is why Fannie and Freddie mortgage initiatives won't work

MBA declarations are feel-good, but temporary
Lynn Effinger
Several newsworthy events have occurred over the past several days that would seem to indicate that the housing “recovery” is picking up steam. While that would be welcome news for our country in general and our industry in particular, these reports are tempered by the potential unintended consequences of certain actions either taken or not taken.
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SEC approves risk retention rule, pending Fed approval

Industry continues to weigh in
Brena Swanson
The Securities and Exchange Commission approved the final version of the risk retention rule that would require banks to retain at least 5% of the risk on their books when securitizing loans. Now all that is left is approval from the Federal Reserve.
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MBA’s Stevens: Final risk retention rule works for mortgage bankers

Alignment of QM and QRM helps lenders
Trey Garrison
The president and CEO of the Mortgage Bankers Association says he believes the final QRM definition issued today by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation will be a positive for the industry.
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Sterne Agee: Tweaks to put-back rules won’t bait lenders to low FICO loans

LTV changes will open doors for some
Trey Garrison
The planned tweaks in mortgage put-back rules won’t draw major mortgage companies into offering loans to lower FICO borrowers, according to a client note from Sterne Agee, even though new Federal Housing Finance Agency plans to develop 95-97% LTV loans are a positive.
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Joint agency rule on risk retention goes to Fed, SEC for final adoption

Rule requires 5% skin in the game, alignment of QM and QRM
Trey Garrison
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation on Tuesday issued the final version of the rule that would require banks to retain at least 5% of the risk on their books when securitizing loans.
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FHFA director announces changes to open Fannie, Freddie credit boxes

Clarifies lending liability in reps & warranties, increases LTV ratios
Trey Garrison
In a speech at the Mortgage Bankers Association Convention & Expo on Monday, Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt announced a number of policy steps aimed at increasing mortgage credit availability.
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Mel Watt and Julian Castro announce housing policy changes

MBA calls the policy changes "extremely positive"
Sarah Wheeler
Attendees at the Mortgage Bankers Association's Annual Convention & Expo think the changes are good. Really, really good.
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