CFPB Implements New HMDA Reporting Rules Contained in S. 2155

CFPB Implements New HMDA Reporting Rules Contained in S. 2155

Written By: Joel Palmer, Op-Ed Writer

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced earlier this month that it is implementing the changes to the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) that were part of the recently passed Economic Growth, Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act. The FDIC released a similar statement.


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Pass the word on passwords - 5 tips to keeping yourself safe

Pass the word on passwords - 5 tips to keeping yourself safe

Written by: Nick Allen, FileInvite Op-Ed Writer

In the current environment of leaks, phishing and hacked passwords, keeping  access to your systems secure is paramount. Take the following as a preliminary check for..


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Freddie Mac Opens Automated Appraisal System to Eligible Condo Mortgages

Freddie Mac Opens Automated Appraisal System to Eligible Condo Mortgages

Written By: Joel Palmer, Op-Ed Writer

Freddie Mac is making condominium purchases and refinances available for an automated appraisal waiver, joining fellow GSE Fannie Mae, which started the practice more than a year ago. Freddie Mac made the announcement last week. Its automated collateral evaluation (ACE) will accept eligible condo loans beginning Monday, July 16.


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Report Blames Regulation for Increasing Housing Costs

Report Blames Regulation for Increasing Housing Costs

Written By: Joel Palmer, Op-Ed Writer

Almost one-third of the cost for the average multifamily development project is spent on complying with local, state and federal regulations. For about a quarter of apartment complex projects, the cost of regulations now accounts for more than 42 percent of the overall development cost.


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Default Index Shows Ability-to-Repay Rules Working for Mortgage Lenders

Default Index Shows Ability-to-Repay Rules Working for Mortgage Lenders

Written By: Joel Palmer, Op-Ed Writer

For all the criticism it has received from the financial sector and from many in Congress and the White House, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau can claim that at least one of its initiatives has helped both consumers and mortgage lenders — at least according to one industry measure.


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Fannie Sees Positive Signs for Housing

Fannie Sees Positive Signs for Housing

Written By: Joel Palmer, Op-Ed Writer

Leading housing indicators suggest a busy upcoming season for mortgage processors and underwriters, according to the latest outlook from Fannie Mae, despite what the GSE called a lackluster first quarter.


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Freddie Mac announces new mortgage program for first-time buyers

Freddie Mac announces new mortgage program for first-time buyers

Written By: Joel Palmer, Op-Ed Writer

Freddie Mac recently announced an initiative that continues an industry trend toward making mortgage loans more accessible. Freddie will launch its new HomeOne mortgage on July 29. HomeOne is a conventional 3 percent downpayment mortgage for qualified first-time homebuyers.


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Fannie Mae’s Economic Outlook Remains Firm, but Warn of the Risk of Trade War

Fannie Mae’s Economic Outlook Remains Firm, but Warn of the Risk of Trade War

Written By: Joel Palmer, Op-Ed Writer

First-quarter economic growth was slower than anticipated, yet the outlook for the rest of the year remains strong. Economic fundamentals remain strong, yet “downside risks are rising.”


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Fannie provides lenders more flexibility to provide closing cost assistance to borrowers

Fannie provides lenders more flexibility to provide closing cost assistance to borrowers

Written By: Joel Palmer, Op-Ed Writer

In a move that could help mortgage processors and underwriters assist more first-time homebuyers, Fannie Mae is allowing lenders to fund closing cost and prepaid fees.


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Latest Fannie DU version limits risk layering

Latest Fannie DU version limits risk layering

Written By: Joel Palmer, Op-Ed Writer

Less than a year after enabling higher debt-to-income (DTI) ratios for certain mortgage borrowers, Fannie Mae is adjusting its underwriting standards to address the risk associated with many of these loans.


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