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Regulators Optimistic on Finalizing Risk Retention Rule

Financial regulators said Tuesday they hope to finish their work on a rule aimed at tightening mortgage standards and reducing risk by the end of this year. In a Senate Banking Committee hearing, FDIC chair Martin Gruenberg said his agency and others are "in the end game" of their work on a rule that would require mortgage-backed securities (MBS) issuers to hold a stake on packaged loans that don't meet certain exemption requirements.

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Uncertainty to Permeate New Year Despite Some Regulatory Clarity

The new year will bring some clarity to the housing market and likely some loosening of credit, though an air of mystery does still surround some aspects of the industry, according to FBR's outlook for 2014. With Mel Watt, a former Democratic senator from North Carolina, taking the helm at the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) and three openings at the Federal Reserve, some uncertainty persists despite some clarity surrounding Qualified Mortgages (QM) and other regulations in the housing industry.

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Report: QRM Heightens Need for Evidence of Compliance

Originators and servicers are going to have to step up their documentation procedures as regulatory guidelines dovetail, financial services firm PwC says in a new white paper. "The age-old question asks: if a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it, does it make a sound? A modern version to that question might be: if a lender in fact determines a borrower's ability to repay, or originates a Qualified Mortgage (QM), but cannot evidence it, has the lender complied with the Ability-to-Pay (ATR) or QM standards?" PwC asks.

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OCC Deputy Stresses Importance of Multifaceted Risk Management

At an industry event held in Phoenix, Darrin Benhart, deputy comptroller for credit and market risk at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, described the changing face of risk management as the mortgage industry adapts to increased regulation. "As you well know, the list of mortgage-related reforms is extensive," Benhart said. "These reforms mean you will need an even greater emphasis on risk management techniques that not only look at credit risk but also encompass operational and compliance risk."

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Former CFPB Deputy Starts Mortgage Company, Attracts Criticism

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Since helping draft the final rule for a qualified mortgage, former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Deputy Director Raj Date has resigned from the agency and opened his own advisory and investment firm aimed specifically at those borrowers who do not meet the standards for 'qualified mortgages' as set by the CFPB under rules. This turn of events has raised questions as to the agency's ethics and integrity, prompting lawmakers to call for a release of communications between Date and others regarding the company's creation.

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CFPB Announces Details of Future Examination Procedures

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released updated procedures for examinations of financial institutions and mortgage lenders, which will begin taking place in January of next year. The new procedures, which will be published in regulatory manuals, cover a range of topics, including compensation for loan originators, qualification standards for mortgage professionals, consumer rights, arbitration, and appraisals.

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Consumer Mortgage Choice Act Draws Criticism from CRL

The Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) again voiced its opposition to legislation that would amend the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) to exclude certain factors when calculating points and fees for determining qualified mortgage (QM) eligibility. In a letter to Congress, CRL argues that H.R. 1077, the Consumer Mortgage Choice Act, "promotes steering borrowers into more expensive loans" and "creates new loopholes that would allow loans with higher costs and fees to improperly meet" QM standards.

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Regulations May Preclude Borrowers with Lower Credit Scores

As the housing market experiences a burgeoning recovery with rising prices, an uptick in sales, and an increase in housing starts, Federal Reserve Governor Elizabeth A. Duke points out purchase-originations remain "subdued," especially among individuals with less than stellar credit scores. While originations are down across the board, "[t]he drop in originations has been most pronounced among borrowers with lower credit scores," Duke said at the Housing Policy Executive Council Thursday in Washington, D.C.

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CFPB Proposes Amendments to Clarify Mortgage Guidelines

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As part of its ongoing efforts to assist the industry in the implementation of new mortgage guidelines, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued proposed amendments to clarify the qualified mortgage (QM) and servicing rules first laid out in January. The proposal addresses five topics, including debt-to-income ratio concerns surrounding the Ability to Repay Rule, uncertainties around the temporary QM provision, and which criteria are used to define "small servicers."

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