The Federal Housing Finance Agency is directing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to restrict forced-placed insurance practices, which is a follow up from a notice the agency published in March regarding its views on such practices.
"I think it reinforces the current nature of mortgage finance policy, which is not to hold borrowers responsible. This isn’t just about Freddie, but it’s also about these borrowers sticking it to the taxpayer," Mark Calabria of the Cato Institute said.
Policymakers are contemplating a reduction in the maximum size of home loans that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are allowed to acquire, hoping this change will reduce the government’s dominant footprint in the mortgage market.
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 CFPB left the grace period open-ended and most in the industry interpreted that to mean that it will last throughout the rest of 2015, at least. Unfortunately, as welcome as that grace period is, TRID remains a costly and complicated fix that has enormous implications for the whole industry..
“Bad letters damage the brand,” Katherine Porter says. “There’s a contagion effect of this. I think bad letters are unjust. They disproportionately harm the borrowers we need to help the most.” Read More