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House Republicans Release Tax Plan

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed a fast-track foreclosure law that will expedite the foreclosure process with the intent to reduce community blight, following the footsteps of a similar bill in Ohio. This bill could be the push other states need to move forward with their own fast track foreclosure bills. We hear from industry experts on the impact this bill may have.

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CFPB vs. PHH Case Reheard by Court of Appeals

The Court of Appeals rehearing of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) took place Wednesday to determine the constitutionality of CFPB’s leadership structure. Previously brought by PHH Corporation in October, the initial decision by the court determined the CFPB was, in fact, unconstitutional. Wednesday’s hearing was an “en banc” review, previously agreed upon in February.

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Experts Say Fed Minutes Could Signal Hike

The Federal Reserve will release the minutes of its April meeting on Wednesday afternoon, and if industry experts are on track, they could point to another rate hike on the horizon. Regional Federal Reserve Presidents Neel Kashkari, Robert Kaplan and James Bullard have all weighed in on the issue. The Fed previously raised rates from 0.75 points to 1 in March.

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Freddie Mac Portfolio Up 0.5 Percent

Freddie Mac’s latest summary report reveals an increase in both its total mortgage portfolio and its mortgage-related securities. Its mortgage portfolio rose 0.5 percent over the year, while its mortgage-related securities and guarantees jumped by 2.1 percent. The government-sponsored enterprise has funded $127 billion mortgages year-to-date.

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How the Budget Proposal Impacts HUD

Several HUD programs are slated to be cut according to the recent budget proposal, including the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. According to HUD, the CDBG Program has not been effectively targeting the poorest communities and has not demonstrated a measurable impact on communities. Other programs are to be cut due as HUD states that State and local governments are better-positioned to serve their communities’ needs in place of these programs.

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Watt & Mnuchin Tackle GSE Reform

On Thursday, both FHFA Director Melvin L. Watt and Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin separately addressed the current state of the GSEs. Though Mnuchin discussed the priority of housing finance and regulatory reform in front of the Senate, at an industry conference Watt described the many successes of the FHFA in the last nine years. Watt warned that reforms made during conservatorship should not be ignored by congress during the reworking of housing finance reform.

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Supreme Court Protects Collectors of Stale Debt

Debt collectors that knowingly pursue stale debt in bankruptcy proceedings do not run the risk of facing potential consumer protection lawsuits, accoridng to a Supreme Court ruling. The ruling came after the high court voted 5-3 to overturn an Eleventh Circuit decision which had found Midland Funding LLC, a purchaser of unpaid debt, potentially liable under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.

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Fostering Diversity and Inclusion in the Industry

The second-annual Five Star Diversity Symposium, a day-long event focused on advancing the conversation on diversity within the mortgage industry, featured keynote addresses from diversity leaders as well as roundtable discussions and panels. The Diversity Symposium includes representatives by several key companies and government agencies within the mortgage industry.

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Rumors Swirl Around FHA Nomination

President Donald Trump may be gearing up to nominated Brian Montgomery to head up the FHA. Currently the Vice Chairman of The Collingwood Group, Montgomery previously served as FHA Commissioner under President George W. Bush and President Obama. He also served as Asisstant Secretary for HUD and Deputy Assistant at the White House.

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The Pros and Cons of Trump’s Tax Plan on the Housing Market

Because of the need to establish this fiscal balance, the road to achieve Trump’s proposals will be long and rocky, and will require the hard work and cooperation of both sides of the aisle. This proposal has also raised many questions about what Trump’s plan would mean for the housing market. Due to the current lack of detail in his proposed outline, it is difficult to accurately predict the impact a tax system overhaul of this magnitude would have on the economy.

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