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Senator Pens Letter Urging Simplification of Mortgage Rules

U.S. Senator and Senate Banking Committee member Bob Corker (R-Tennessee) warned federal regulators Tuesday to stick to simplified, synchronized lending rules in order to avoid driving out private capital. Corker specifically pointed to the qualified residential mortgage (QRM) rule, which includes an exemption on risk retention for loans sold to Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Federal Housing Administration (FHA)--an exemption Corker believes may drive lenders away from the private market.

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Barclays Keeps Positive Builder Outlook as Housing Skies Clear

With the fiscal cliff negotiation out of the way--at least, the first phase of it--analysts at Barclays assert in a new release that "housing policy is transitioning from being a source of negative headline risk to a potential positive factor for the housing stocks." As the haze surrounding the state of the mortgage interest tax deduction (MID) lifts and the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) prepares to make reforms to its business model, analysts note that "anticipated policy changes have been less severe than feared."

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UNC Conducts Study on QRM Rule

According to a recent report from the Center for Community Capital at the University of North Carolina, the new regulations surrounding qualified-residential mortgages will require creditworthy borrowers to take on a heavier financial burden when purchasing a mortgage, and many potential buyers may be pushed out of the mortgage market altogether. The controversial QRM rule, which is contained in the Dodd-Frank Act, has been the subject of lengthy debates since it was first proposed, and the regulatory move is largely unpopular both on Capitol Hill and Wall Street.

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Companies, Industry Groups Continue QRM Rule Fight

Real estate and relocation servicers provider Realogy Corporation became the latest in a string of companies to file critical commentary with regulatory authorities overseeing the Qualified Residential Mortgage rule, the embattled proposal that industry groups say would crimp housing by forcing homebuyers to front 20 percent in down payments. Realogy joins a host of other critics, including the Coalition for Sensible Housing Policy, 320 members of Congress, and some 44 private organizations.

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GAO Analyzes Risk-Retention Rule

On Tuesday the Government Accountability Office added to fears over rising mortgage rates by releasing a new report that casts concern on the role risk retention will play in the markets. A provision in the Dodd-Frank Act obligates the GAO to perform an economic impact analysis, making the report a timely one since it arrives on the heels of outcry from trade and industry associations. It added that mortgage-related provisions in Dodd-Frank would prescribe "tradeoffs" between additional consumer financial protection and a needed expansion in credit supply.

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Renters: Owning a Home Top Priority

The National Association of Realtors released a survey this week showing strong support for the belief that homeownership is a credible and worthy goal, with 72 percent of renters surveyed agreeing that owning a home remains a top priority. The 2011 National Housing Pulse Survey signaled a 72 percent thrust among renters who want to own a home, a marked improvement from 63 percent last year. The survey revealed a backlash against the proposed Qualified Residential Mortgage rule, which critics charge will raise down payments by 20 percent.

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Industry Leaders: Reverse Mortgage Rules Too Much

In a prepared statement that it submitted to the Senate Financial Institutions Subcommittee, the American Bankers Association aired concerns about a dry-up in risk in the financial markets, an increasingly serious dilemma that it blamed on Congress for trying to prevent past mistakes from occurring again. The ABA delivered the statement in response to a new loan officer compensation law, a voluminous text with multiple rules and regulations that drove up costs and lost hours for brokers.

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