Scott Olson is Executive Director of the Community Home Lenders Association. Olson has over 20 years of experience on Capitol Hill – including 15 as a top housing staffer on the House Financial Services Committee, working on housing and mortgage finance issues.
[Expert commentary] The Community Home Lenders Association is very supportive of the goals of the pending House and Senate tax bills of providing tax relief for individuals and corporations and simplifying and reforming the tax code. And if this means reforming existing homeownership tax provisions in order to help finance these tax cuts, that is fine with us.
The Financial CHOICE Act that recently passed the House Financial Services Committee provides regulatory relief for independent mortgage bankers. But one additional provision is needed to ensure that small IMBs are treated the same as banks are under the bill. Why can’t independent mortgage bankers have the same exemptions as other banks?
The Community Home Lenders Association believes that small non-bank mortgage lenders should be exempt from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's exams and primary enforcement, just as most banks already are. Here, the organization explains why and discusses why that exemption would help small lenders better serve consumers.
No one should be misled by the lack of comprehensive Congressional action into thinking that GSE reform is on hold. Reform has matured much further than most people realize – but there is disagreement about what comes next.
It is now seven years since Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac went into conservatorship. The Community Home Lenders Association says that it believes a government guarantee is needed to maintain an affordable 30-year mortgage and sustain housing markets. But consensus is elusive on what should come next. Here is their plan.
[Subscribers only] Multigenerational living, where two or more adult generations live under the same roof, is becoming a growing trend in the U.S. Currently about 19% of Americans now live in a multigenerational household, the highest level since 1950. That amounts to about 60.6 million adults in 2014, up from 57 million adults in 2012. And homebuilders have taken notice, designing houses specifically catered to this segment.
Would-be homeowners are inundated with picture-perfect examples of new and remodeled homes brimming with upgrades. But in the real world, homebuilders and investors must calculate the rate of return on these sometimes fleeting trends, weighing what buyers want with what they can actually afford. This feature looks at which features buyers of different age demographics consider the most important, and what that means for sellers.
We’ve found that the handling and posting of payments during bankruptcy has been a widespread issue in our testing environment. Specifically, there is increased risk exposure in pre-and post-petition payment application and treatment, both inside and outside of the bankruptcy plan. Servicers and sub-servicers have created manual workflow workarounds to address the issue, however, it does open the servicer up to more exposure to calculation errors.