President Barack Obama’s 5th annual State of the Union Address contained over 6,500 words and only mentions housing twice, but the industry received enough of a mention for insiders to just run with it.
Housing is a strong catalyst for current economic growth, prompting mortgage experts to urge policymakers about the need for comprehensive housing finance reform this fall. But other fiscal headwinds and policy considerations could take precedence, delaying the housing fix once again.
The National Community Reinvestment Coalition released its own proposal for creating a future secondary mortgage market this week. Fearing a market without robust credit access, the nonprofit revealed a white paper on GSE reform.
A number of advocacy groups locked at the elbows this morning to call for widespread changes in the financial markets, in step with expected policy changes to financial regulation set to be unveiled by the Obama Administration on Wednesday. The new initiative is called Americans for Financial Reform, and includes members from all types of interest groups, from former Soros fund managers, to AARP legislative policy directors to firms such as the National People's Action.
“Nearly every part of the real estate process has been transformed by technology except for home financing. Getting a mortgage is still manual, frustrating and confusing,” said Nick Stamos, CEO and founder of Sindeo..
Legacy insurers are headed toward solid ground, with some experiencing their first full year of profitability since the housing crash. New entrants, meanwhile, are raising capital, entering the fray and gaining market share. Read More
First, I’m not suggesting totally yanking FICO or Vantage Scores or anything like that. What I am recommending is the adoption of other models that would equally, or even more effectively, determine who can repay a loan. Read More