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Final QRM: Good for Consumers and Private Capital

After nearly three years of deliberation, regulators have finalized an important rule that impacts housing.  The Qualified Residential Mortgage (QRM) rule avoids an onerous and costly down payment requirement for consumers and gives creators of mortgage backed securities one...

New Credit Models Could Help, Someday

The Fair Isaac Corporation recently introduced a new scoring model. The model could help to expand credit to first-time and minority groups. But there is a problem: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, who support the majority of the mortgage...

FHFA Director Mulls New Mortgage Costs

Mortgages rates on conventional loans could change in the coming months. The Federal agency that regulates the GSEs, the FHFA, is re-evaluating the fees that it allows Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to charge consumers. With mortgage rates expected...

FHA Reforms Only Modest Boost to Credit Access

In response to tight mortgage credit, the FHA has announced three changes that it hopes will help to ameliorate lender overlays and broaden access to credit. Specifically, the FHA will consolidate all of its current lending rules into one...

Employment Growth

After faltering in August, headline payroll employment growth snapped back in September with the addition of 248,000 jobs.  What’s more, the August figure was revised upward by 38,000 jobs. The unemployment rate eased to 5.9% as a result, the...