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.
Independent mortgage bankers have increasingly been in the news of late. Ten years after the 2008 housing crisis, the strong trends of IMB growth in mortgage lending continue as banks show little sign of reversing their retreat from our mortgage markets. But are IMBs regulated enough? CHLA responds.
[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.
According to Verizon’s 2019 Data Breach Investigations Report, 10% of the 2,013 breaches that occurred in 2018 were within the financial industry. Personal data was compromised in 43% of those breaches, which were largely attributed to privilege misuse, errors or unsecure web applications.
Rising interest rates often cause homebuyers to think twice about moving forward with a mortgage. In April, mortgage applications fell more than 7% after 30-year fixed mortgage rates reached a high for the month.