lending Archive

New Rule Protects Consumers, but Instills Caution

New lending rules (ATR/QM rule) that went into effect on Friday, January 10th, 2014 requires that originators make a good faith effort to verify a borrower’s ability to repay their mortgage and imposes stiff penalties if they do not....

Green Shoots of Credit?

In recent weeks, several originators have announced new programs or initiatives aimed at expanding credit to borrowers with lower FICO scores.  These programs entail significant compensating factors or are geared toward niche markets.  Most indicators have not shown an...

Lenders Reserved on Some QM Lending

The qualified mortgage (QM) rule was implemented in January of 2014. It is the first of two rules that came from the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act that will impact the housing market. This law is...

Lenders Leery of non-QM Lending

The qualified mortgage (QM) rule was implemented in January of 2014. It is the first of two rules that came from the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act that will impact the housing market. This law is...

Lower Limits Could Affect Markets

In early September, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), the entity that oversees Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, gave notice that it would revise the conforming loans limits in an attempt to stimulate the private sector, specifically the private...