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  • 04/02/2018 11:01 AM | Anonymous
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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

    April 2, 2018

     

    CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU ISSUES SEMI-ANNUAL REPORT

    Acting Director Mulvaney Recommends Statutory Changes in His First Report to Congress

     

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Bureau) released its semi-annual report highlighting the Bureau's work. This is the first report issued by Acting Director Mick Mulvaney and it includes his four recommendations for statutory changes to the Bureau.

     

    "The Bureau is far too powerful, with precious little oversight of its activities," said Acting Director Mick Mulvaney. "The power wielded by the Director of the Bureau could all too easily be used to harm consumers, destroy businesses, or arbitrarily remake American financial markets. I'm requesting that Congress make four changes to the law to establish meaningful accountability for the Bureau. I look forward to discussing these changes with Congressional members."

     

    In the report's introduction letter, Acting Director Mulvaney recommends four changes to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act). The first recommendation is to fund the Bureau through Congressional appropriations. The second is to require legislative approval of major rules. His third recommendation is to ensure that the Director answers to the President in the exercise of executive authority. And the fourth is to create an independent Inspector General for the Bureau.

     

    The report primarily covers the Bureau's significant work from April 1, 2017 to Sept. 30, 2017, the period before the President appointed Mick Mulvaney as Acting Director. As part of its regulatory work, in February 2017, the Bureau established a task force to help identify and reduce unwarranted regulatory burdens consistent with its objectives under the Dodd-Frank Act. During this period, the Bureau also issued guidance on topics such as maintaining compliance management systems, combatting elder abuse, responding to natural disasters, and ensuring accuracy in credit reporting. The Bureau's enforcement work included actions taken against illegal practices in mortgage servicing, student loan servicing, credit reporting, and debt collection.

     

    According to the report, during the period Oct. 1, 2016 to Sept. 30, 2017, the Bureau handled approximately 317,200 consumer complaints. The most-complained-about products or services were debt collection at 27 percent of complaints, credit reporting at 27 percent, and mortgages at 13 percent. Approximately 80 percent of all consumer complaints were submitted through the Bureau's website. Companies have responded to approximately 93 percent of complaints sent to them for response during the period.

     

    The full text of the semi-annual report is available at: files.consumerfinance.gov/f/documents/...

     

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     The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is a 21st century agency that helps consumer finance markets work by regularly identifying and addressing outdated, unnecessary, or unduly burdensome regulations, by making rules more effective, by consistently enforcing federal consumer financial law, and by empowering consumers to take more control over their economic lives. For more information, visit consumerfinance.gov.

     

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  • 03/22/2018 8:26 AM | Anonymous
         
     

    Volume XII | Issue 12 | March 22, 2018

    Today, the House passed a $1.3 trillion spending bill that funds the federal government through September 30, and the Senate must act by midnight tomorrow to avoid a government shutdown. This omnibus contains language tied to HUD funding for the remainder of FY18.

    On Tuesday, March 20, HUD Secretary Ben Carson was the sole witness before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) in a hearing on the FY19 HUD budget.  Today, he appeared before the Senate Banking Committee in a hearing on the “Oversight of HUD.”

    Meanwhile, voters in Illinois went to the polls on Tuesday for their primary elections and Republican Rick Saccone conceded to Democrat Conor Lamb in the “nail biter” recent special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th district.

     

    MBA Advocacy Spotlight

    Senate Passes Regulatory Relief Bill
    Last Wednesday, the Senate passed S. 2155, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act by a bipartisan margin of 67-31. As introduced, this broad regulatory relief package contained several MBA-supported priorities including: SAFE Act Amendments to create a transitional authority to originate loans, consumer protections for Property Assessed Clean Lending (PACE) loans, relief from HMDA reporting requirements for some institutions, and a partial fix to TRID.

    Before its passage, a substitute amendment to the bill was adopted, which preserved the important provisions of the bill noted above but also extends critical consumer protections to U.S. veterans who utilize the VA Home Loan program and promotes sustainable construction and development through clarification of the current High Volatility Commercial Real Estate (HVCRE) rule.

    Industry advocacy played a key role in keeping the industry’s priorities front and center, leading to the inclusion of these important provisions in this legislative package.

    Focus now shifts to the House, where a number of provisions contained in S. 2155 have already passed as standalone bills or as components of House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling’s (R-TX) sweeping regulatory relief bill, the Financial CHOICE Act. We will send out an update when more information is available and let you know how you can make your voice heard on this important legislation. Thank you to those who took action on these important issues! Your advocacy makes a difference.

    Senate Banking Committee Chairman Speaking at National Advocacy Conference
    This year’s National Advocacy Conference (NAC) is being held April 24-25 at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C. Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo (R-ID) will address attendees on the first day. He was the driving force behind the bipartisan regulatory relief bill that passed the Senate last week and as a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, he worked alongside Senate leadership to advance sweeping tax legislation that was signed into law late last year.

    He continues to be a critical ally in MBA’s ongoing efforts to advocate for comprehensive GSE reform legislation, so this will be a great opportunity for NAC attendees to get an update about key issues before taking to Capitol Hill the next day to meet with their legislators about the real-world impacts legislation can have on their business and customers.

    For more information about the National Advocacy Conference, and to register, please visit mba.org/NAC18 or contact Alden Knowlton at (202) 557-2816.



    Key MBA Action

    House Passes Financial Institutions Examination Fairness and Reform Act
    Last week, H.R. 4545, the Financial Institutions Examination Fairness and Reform Act passed on the Floor of the full House of Representatives by a vote of 283-133. This bipartisan legislation, introduced by Scott Tipton (R-CO) and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), addresses a number of important concerns about the manner in which lenders face regulatory scrutiny, including improving the timeliness of examinations, ensuring examiners adhere to their agencies’ standards, and creating a new, more independent examination appeals process. 

    Originally introduced in December 2017 and passed out of the Financial Services Committee on March 6, H.R. 4545 amends the definition of “financial institution” to include depository- and non-depository lenders alike – as a result of MBA’s direct advocacy.  The MBA sent a letter of support for H.R. 4545 last week, a copy of which can be found here.

    IRS Creates Tax Transcript Working Group
    Recently, the IRS has created a workgroup of industry professionals, IRS leaders, and other experts to address issues within the IRS IVES program (i.e. tax transcripts). The Workgroup will discuss potential improvements to the existing tax transcript process. The IRS created this Workgroup in response to requests by the MBA and other organizations to address multiple inefficiencies and concerns within the existing process.

    CFPB Issues Request for Information on the CFPB’s Adopted Regulations and New Rulemaking Authorities
    Last Wednesday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a Request for Information about the CFPB’s adopted regulations and new rulemaking authorities. This is the eighth in a series of RFIs announced by Acting Director Mick Mulvaney. The RFI seeks to “assist the Bureau in considering whether it should amend any rules it has issued since its creation or issue rules under new rulemaking authority provided for by the Dodd-Frank Act.” The Bureau is not seeking feedback on the “Bureau’s rulemaking processes, implementation initiatives that occur after the issuance of a final rule, or the Inherited Regulations.” The Bureau will accept feedback on rules currently under assessment pursuant to section 1022(d) of the Dodd-Frank Act. The RFI will be open for comment for 90 days from the date of publication in the Federal Register.

    Indiana Approves Law Enabling Remote and Electronic Notarial Acts
    Last Tuesday, Governor Eric Holcomb signed SB 372 which allows Indiana to join Virginia, Montana, Texas and Nevada in permitting remote online notarizations (RON). This is the first state in 2018 to enact such legislation and it was passed with only one nay vote across both chambers. It was also enacted shortly after the release of the National Association of Secretaries of State’s Revised National Electronic Notarization Standards. A coalition of members from MBA and the American Land Title Association (ALTA) worked together with the Indiana MBA to seek enactment of this new law, which embraces the MBA-ALTA model bill for RON released last December. Moreover, Section 61 of the law requires the Indiana Secretary of State to promulgate new RON rules, and Section 63 includes a new Chapter of Indiana statute for Remote Notarial Acts. This provision states that the new RON law will apply after June 30, 2019. SB 372 embraces the needs of a changing landscape that increasingly necessitates the use of online, mobile and other electronic means to serve consumers.  

     

    2018 Elections Update

    Senate

    Florida:  According to a newly released Clearview Research poll (3/1-7; 750 FL likely voters), Gov. Rick Scott (R) has taken a 43-41% lead over Sen. Bill Nelson (D) if the pair were to face each other in the impending US Senate race. Earlier this month, an online Survey Monkey internet poll found the Senator owning a ten-point advantage. For his part, Gov. Scott has still yet to announce his Senate candidacy, but all political observers expect him to soon enter the race now that the legislature’s 60-day session has concluded.
     
    Mississippi:  Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) at an event in the new Senator-designee’s home community of Brookhaven, a town of 12,000+ people located due south of Jackson on Interstate 55, announced that Agriculture & Commerce Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith (R) will officially replace retiring Sen. Thad Cochran (R). The move had been expected since Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves (R) took his name out of consideration for the appointment. As has been known for just over two weeks, the 40-year veteran Senator will resign on or around April 1st because of health problems.
     
    New Jersey:  The first New Jersey Senate race public poll release came last week when Quinnipiac University ventured forth with their new data (3/8-12; 1,052 NJ registered voters) testing Sen. Bob Menendez (D) and former Celgene Corporation CEO Bob Hugin (R). This is also the first political poll publicized since the Justice Department dropped federal bribery charges against Sen. Menendez. According to the poll, the two-term incumbent would lead the former pharmaceutical company chief, 49-32%, with Independents breaking for the Senator, 41-36%. Mr. Menendez begins the election cycle as the clear favorite for re-election.
     
    Pennsylvania:  The biggest surprise at the statewide candidate filing deadline was businessman Paul Addis not entering the Republican Senate primary despite having invested over $1.45 million into his campaign. Raising only $12,000+ from other individuals and seeing his anti-Trump attacks not catching fire with the Pennsylvania GOP electorate, Mr. Addis decided not to continue his campaign. The development cements US Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Hazelton) as the prohibitive favorite to win the GOP nomination in the May 15th primary. He now faces only state Rep. Jim Christiana (R-Monaca). Mr. Christiana had less than $20,000 in his campaign account according to his year-end Federal Election Commission disclosure filing.
     
    Utah:  Candidate filing also closed in Utah, and it is now clear that former presidential nominee and Massachusetts Governor won’t have a free ride in this year’s Republican primary. Though nine Republicans have announced their candidacies to oppose Romney, one individual with an electoral record has just stepped forward. State Rep. Mike Kennedy (R-Lindon), a practicing physician and three-term state Representative, announced his candidacy and will ostensibly oppose Mr. Romney. It is clear that Rep. Kennedy is his most substantial Republican opponent, but it is highly unlikely that he, or anyone else, will deny the former presidential candidate the Senate nomination. In the general election, his eventual opponent is likely to be Salt Lake County Councilwoman Jenny Wilson (D). Mr. Romney is the prohibitive favorite to replace retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch (R).
     
    House
     
    AZ-8:  The next special congressional election, this one to replace resigned Rep. Trent Franks (R-Peoria), will be held on April 24th. With former state Senate President Pro Tempore Debbie Lesko (R-Peoria) winning the special Republican primary on February 27th, she is the clear favorite to win the special general in what performs as a safe Republican seat. According to a new Lake Research poll (3/3-6; 400 AZ-8 likely special election voters), Ms. Lesko would lead her Democratic opponent, Scientific Review Officer Hiral Tipirneno (D), by a strong 48-34% margin.
     
    CO-2:  Former University of Colorado Regent Joe Neguse (D) comes a step closer to becoming the consensus Democrat to succeed Rep. Jared Polis (D-Boulder). Mr. Polis is leaving the House to run for Governor, leaving a safely Democratic open seat in his wake. Last week, Nederland Mayor Kristopher Larsen announced that he is ending his congressional quest. Therefore, Mr. Neguse now only faces former Boulder County Democratic Party chairman Mark Williams in the Democratic primary. Winning the June party primary is tantamount to capturing the seat in November.
     
    FL-13:  Ex-US Rep. David Jolly (R-Pinellas County), who former Gov. Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg) defeated in 2016 after the Florida state Supreme Court handed down a new set of district lines that were unfavorable to a Republican candidate in this Tampa Bay area CD, has announced a decision about whether he will challenge his successor to a re-match. Mr. Jolly, who was constantly fighting with sectors of the Republican leadership, and then candidate Donald Trump during the presidential election, announced yesterday that he will not run in 2018. Even though he was the incumbent during the 2016 campaign, the National Republican Congressional Committee refused to invest financial resources into his campaign, thus dooming the Jolly re-election effort. With Mr. Jolly left on his own in what is now a Democratic district, the party-switching former Governor Crist won, 52-48%. 
     
    NJ-7:  It appears that Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Clinton Township) now knows the identity of his next general opponent even though the Democratic primary here isn’t until June 5th. Bank executive Linda Weber (D) announced that she was dropping out of the congressional race, after losing the official Union County Democratic Party endorsement by a single vote to former Assistant Secretary of State Tom Malinowski. Though at least three other announced Democratic candidates remain, Ms. Weber’s departure virtually cedes the party nomination to Mr. Malinowski.  We can expect a highly competitive general election campaign here later in the year.
     
    NY-11:  Two polls were released that depict completely different political pictures of the impending Staten Island Republican primary battle between Rep. Dan Donovan and former Rep. Michael Grimm. According to a Barry Zeplowitz & Associates poll for the Donovan campaign (3/7; 400 NY-11 GOP primary voters), the Congressman would hold a whopping 60-21% advantage over the former US Representative who was only recently released from prison after his tax evasion conviction. But, a Big Dog Strategies survey (3/4-5; 446 likely NY-11 GOP primary voters) for the Grimm campaign finds the two candidates locked in a dead heat. According to these data, Rep. Donovan would cling to only a 35-34% edge over Mr. Grimm. The New York primary is June 26th. NY-11 is comprised of Staten Island and part of Brooklyn.  It is the only Republican congressional district in New York City.
     
    ND-AL:  Former state Senate Minority Leader Mac Schneider (D-Grand Forks) announced that he will compete in the upcoming March 15-18 Democratic state Party Convention for the open at-large congressional district nomination. Delegates will vote to endorse a contender at that time. Most often, those not receiving the endorsement do not force a primary. State Sen. John Grabinger (D-Jamestown) and ex-state Rep. Ben Hanson (D-Fargo) are already in the Democratic race. The Republican endorsing convention will be held April 6-8. The seat recently came open when US Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-Bismarck) announced his challenge to Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D).
     
    Pennsylvania:  The much watched Pennsylvania special election went to Democrat Conor Lamb, who scored a bare 627 unofficial vote victory over state Rep. Rick Saccone (R-Canonsburg) earlier in the week. It is likely the turnout will exceed 230,000 voters when all votes are counted and the military and overseas ballots are added to the totals. Once all votes are added to the total, the Lamb victory margin will approximately be 500 votes, much less than polling projected. 
     
    Quickly, the focus will now turn to where Rep-Elect Lamb and Mr. Saccone will run in the general election. Mr. Saccone has already been circulating qualifying petitions in the new 14th District, the place where redistricting put 57% of the 18th District’s constituency. This seat is nine points more Republican than the current 18th, so Rep-Elect Lamb looks to be headed to the new 17th CD to challenge Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-Sewickley). The 17th CD is a swing district much more favorable to a Democratic candidate, but it does mean Lamb will be forced to challenge a three-term incumbent with 56% constituent carry-over from his previous 12th District. Only 20% of the district that Lamb just won finds itself in new District 17.
     
    PA-4:  With redistricting creating an open Democratic 4th District in Pennsylvania’s Montgomery County, former US Rep. Joe Hoeffel (D) just filed a new campaign committee with the FEC and expects to soon announce his candidacy. Mr. Hoeffel was first elected to Montgomery County’s then-13th Congressional District in 1998 and served three terms before leaving to unsuccessfully challenge Sen. Arlen Specter (R) in the 2004 statewide election. Mr. Hoeffel would return to the Montgomery County Commission in a 2007 election, and then competed for the 2010 Democratic gubernatorial nomination. He retired from elective politics in 2012. Already in the campaign are state Reps. Mary Jo Daley (D-Narbeth) and Madeleine Dean (D-Abington), along with gun control activist Shira Goodman.
     
    Governor
     
    Maryland:  A new Burton Research & Strategies survey (3/4-8; 10-11; 600 MD registered voters) finds Gov. Larry Hogan (R) expanding his previously published polling leads over Democrats Rushern Baker and Kevin Kamenetz. When paired with Mr. Baker, the Prince Georges County Executive, Gov. Hogan scores a 50-29% major advantage. If Mr. Kamenetz, the Baltimore County Executive, were his opponent the Governor’s margin grows to an even larger 57-26%. Though Mr. Hogan’s approval numbers are among the strongest of all state chief executives, Maryland’s Democratic voting legacy will eventually make the general election a close affair. While seven other Democrats are in the gubernatorial race, including former NAACP President Ben Jealous, the Burton group only released numbers associated with Messrs. Baker and Kamenetz.

    Advocacy Resources

    Download the MAA App
    The MAA App is designed to make standing up for the real estate finance industry easier than ever. On the MAA App, you can: 

    • Receive updates on bills affecting the real estate finance industry
    • Let your elected officials know how those bills will impact you directly
    • Research bills that MBA is watching
    • Find contact information for your members of Congress
    • Learn about MORPAC, MBA's political action committee 

    To download the MAA App, text MAA to "31-31-31" or search the App Store or Google Play for "Mortgage Action Alliance". For more information about the MAA App, visit mba.org/MAAapp.

    Help Us Strengthen the Industry's Voice
    The most effective way for us to grow MAA membership is through peer-to-peer outreach from industry professionals like you. We have developed a MAA Campaign Toolkit that includes all the resources you need to run a MAA enrollment campaign at your company and get your colleagues signed up. 

    You can also share this animated video with your colleagues, which outlines MBA's advocacy programs and the importance of getting involved! If you have any questions, please contact Peter Shapiro at pshapiro@mba.org or (202) 557-2933.

     

     

     

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  • 03/08/2018 9:59 AM | Anonymous
    CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU ISSUES FINAL RULE TO HELP MORTGAGE SERVICERS COMMUNICATE WITH CERTAIN BORROWERS FACING BANKRUPTCY


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

    March 8, 2018

     

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    CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU ISSUES FINAL RULE TO HELP MORTGAGE SERVICERS COMMUNICATE WITH CERTAIN BORROWERS FACING BANKRUPTCY


    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Bureau) today issued a final rule to help mortgage servicers communicate with certain borrowers facing bankruptcy. The final rule gives mortgage servicers more latitude in providing periodic statements to consumers entering or exiting bankruptcy, as required by the Bureau's 2016 mortgage servicing rule.

     

    The Truth in Lending Act requires mortgage servicers to provide periodic statements to borrowers, and the Bureau has developed sample forms for servicers to use. The 2016 mortgage servicing rule requires that servicers send modified periodic statements or coupon books to certain consumers in bankruptcy starting April 19, 2018. The rule also addressed the timing for servicers to transition to providing or ceasing to provide modified periodic statements to consumers entering or exiting bankruptcy. After issuing the rule, however, the Bureau learned that certain technical aspects of the timing of this transition may create unintended challenges and be subject to different legal interpretations. In October 2017, the Bureau sought public comment on a proposed rule that would provide greater certainty to help servicers comply. Today the CFPB is finalizing that proposed rule. Specifically, the final rule provides a clear single-statement exemption for servicers to make the transition, superseding the single-billing-cycle exemption included in the 2016 rule.

     

    The effective date for the rule is April 19, 2018, the same date that the other sections of the 2016 rule relating to bankruptcy-specific periodic statements and coupon books become effective.

     

    The final rule on the timing requirements for bankruptcy periodic statements is available at: https://files.consumerfinance.gov/f/documents/cfpb_mortgage-servicing_final-rule_2018-amendments.pdf

     

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    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is a 21st century agency that helps consumer finance markets work by regularly identifying and addressing outdated, unnecessary, or unduly burdensome regulations, by making rules more effective, by consistently enforcing federal consumer financial law, and by empowering consumers to take more control over their economic lives. For more information, visit consumerfinance.gov.
  • 03/07/2018 3:03 PM | Anonymous
         
     

    Volume XII | Issue 10 | March 7, 2018

    Yesterday, the Senate voted 67-32 to invoke cloture and begin debate on a broad bipartisan regulatory relief package. The bill, The Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act (S. 2155) contains several MBA-supported priorities including transitional authority to originate (SAFE Act amendments), consumer protections tied to PACE loans, as well as TRID and HMDA fixes. Contents of a potential “Manager’s Amendment” and timing of the final Senate vote on passage are still developing.  

    Meanwhile, Gary Cohn resigned as White House National Economic Council director, and the 2018 midterm elections officially kicked off in Texas. 

     

    MBA Advocacy Spotlight

    MBA’s National Advocacy Conference Early Bird Deadline Approaching
    Register by Monday, March 12 to save $100 on MBA's National Advocacy Conference (NAC). In addition to saving on registration, you need to be registered for the conference to book a hotel room at the discounted conference rate. MAA Chairman Gene M. Lugat filmed a video encouraging MAA members to attend this year's NAC and speak up on Capitol Hill.

    For more information about the National Advocacy Conference, and to register, please visit mba.org/NAC18 or contact Alden Knowlton at (202) 557-2816. 

    Procedural Vote on Regulatory Relief Bill Passes  
    As mentioned earlier, the Senate voted yesterday to begin debate on S. 2155, a broad bipartisan regulatory relief package. Thank you to the industry advocates across the country who contacted 94 Senators to urge them to vote to begin debate on – and then vote for final passage of – S. 2155. Your advocacy makes a difference!

    MAA members will receive an update when additional information regarding a potential “Manager’s Amendment” and timing of the final Senate vote is available. Parallel action on the bill in the House remains a yet-to-be-defined process, but Chief GOP Deputy Whip (and House Financial Services Committee Vice-Chairman) Patrick McHenry (R-NC) stated last week the House could ratify an amended Senate bill by the August recess.

    2017 Year-End MORPAC Report Released
    Yesterday, MORPAC released its 2017 year-end report. This report covers fundraising metrics, outreach initiatives and recognition, including all of the individuals and companies who have been a part of our 2017-2018 campaign. In addition, you’ll find a summary of the legislative and political priorities and how MBA advocacy is staying at the forefront.


    Key MBA Action

    MBA Joins Letter Urging Senate to Confirm Montgomery as FHA Commissioner
    MBA joined a letter signed by a broad cross-section of housing and community development groups calling on the Senate to confirm Brian D. Montgomery as the Assistant Secretary for Housing and Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Commissioner. On several occasions MBA has voiced its public support for Mr. Montgomery to serve as FHA Commissioner, a job he held from 2005 to 2009. The role of FHA Commissioner is a critical one for the housing industry, and we believe that having Mr. Montgomery in place will help move key housing policy efforts forward.

    New Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Appears in House and Senate

    Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell testified before both the House and Senate last week. His testimony covered a wide range of topics including wage growth, unemployment, capital levels, SIFIs, the Volcker Rule and leverage capital ratios.

    Notably, during the Q&A in the House, a number of Democratic members referenced a HMDA study by The Center for Investigative Reporting, which highlighted potential discriminatory practices within home lending. MBA President and CEO David Stevens drafted a blog post as well as issued a statement, rebuking the study for using flawed data.

    NY Fed Study Finds FinTech Mortgages More Efficient, Less Risky
    In February, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (“NY Fed”) released its paper, “The Role of Technology in Mortgage Lending.” The study was conducted to analyze the growth of FinTech lenders in the US residential mortgage industry. Studying the effect of FinTech lending, the NY Fed’s hypothesized that FinTech lending models represented a technological innovation that reduced frictions in mortgage lending, e.g., lengthy loan processing, capacity constraints, inefficient refinancing, and limited access to finance for some borrowers.

    The study finds that recent innovations are improving the efficiency of the US mortgage market stating, “We find that FinTech lenders process mortgages more quickly without increasing loan risk.” Specifically, the study relays that, “FinTech lenders process loans 7.9 days faster than non-FinTech lenders.” In addition to greater efficiency in processing, the NY Fed found that default rates on FinTech mortgages were approximately 25% lower than those for traditional lenders, and that there was no significant difference in interest rates. The study ultimately rejects the idea that FinTech lenders have “lax screening” standards, suggesting that these innovative technologies actually help to attract and screen for less risky borrowers.

    CSBS will Delay the Release of NMLS 2.0 to Q2 2019
    The Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) recently announced they will delay the launch of NMLS 2.0 to the second quarter of 2019. The update to the National Multistate Licensing System (NMLS) was originally slated to launch in September 2018.

    Tim Doyle, Vice President of Policy stated in the release, “As SRR staff has monitored the progress of NMLS 2.0 development, we determined there were too many risks to being able to confidently deliver a high-quality product by September 2018. As a result, the SRR Board of Managers decided on a new target for the launch of NMLS 2.0, to be sometime in the second quarter of 2019.”

    The NMLS 2.0 delay will likely push back the scheduled update to the Mortgage Call Report (MCR). CSBS’ proposed changes to the MCR are currently out for public comment. The official request for public comment can be found on the NMLS Resource Center.

    MBA Submits Comments on HUD’s Regulatory Review of Manufactured Housing Rules
    On Monday, February 26, 2018 MBA submitted a comment letter to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regarding its review of existing and planned manufactured housing rules. MBA encouraged HUD to focus on safely and appropriately expanding consumer eligibility, eliminating unnecessary industry burdens, and lowering costs for both lenders and consumers. MBA offered the following recommendations to further improve HUD’s manufactured housing requirements, with the objective of making these requirements more effective and sustainable:

    • MBA recommends that HUD eliminate the one-time move restriction and replace it with a requirement for an inspection following a move.
    • MBA recommends that the Tiered Pricing structure be eliminated and that lenders be allowed greater flexibility with respect to the Mortgage Charge Rate.
    • MBA recommends that HUD streamline the process by which the engineer’s certification is obtained, thereby reducing costs for lenders and consumers.
    • MBA recommends that HUD require all manufactured home title evidence to be completed at closing and make that process a condition of closing so that it is completed properly at that time.
    • MBA recommends that flood elevation requirements on existing manufactured homes be harmonized with those of other types of existing construction.

    MBA-Led Collaborative Releases Report on Opportunities to Create Homeownership through Housing Counseling
    As a leader of the Homeownership Collaborative, MBA last week released the group’s first report, Creating Channels of Opportunity in Diverse & Emerging Homebuying Markets. The paper details steps that can be taken to increase the utilization of homeownership education and housing counseling services available nationwide. Announced in 2016, the Collaborative is a coalition of real estate trade associations and nonprofit housing counseling providers, including MBA, the National Housing Resource Center and the National Association of Realtors. The report is the result of lenders, real estate agents, and housing counselors working together, and with state mortgage banking associations, in four cities to increase homeownership opportunities in their markets: Cleveland, OH; San Antonio, TX; Richmond, CA; and, Brockton, MA.

    MBA Education’s Webinar on Social Media & Digital Advertising Regulations
    Join the MBA Education and the Compliance Essentials program on March 13th for a conversation on the increasing use and application of social media and digital advertising platforms with regard to the mortgage finance industry and associated risks arising within that context. This webinar is complimentary to those that have purchased the Compliance Essentials Social Media & Digital Advertising Resource Guide which can be found here. To register for the webinar, please click here

     

    2018 Elections Update

    Senate

    Florida:  Quinnipiac University surveyed the Florida electorate (2/23-26; 1,156 FL registered voters) and found consistent results with other firms who have recently asked ballot test questions for the impending US Senate contest between Sen. Bill Nelson (D) and Gov. Rick Scott (R).  According to the results, Sen. Nelson claims a 46-42% advantage.  Gov. Scott has not announced a campaign for the Senate, but an unconnected political action committee has been running extensive media spots in an effort to promote the Governor’s agenda and accomplishments in office.  He is expected to soon become an official candidate.
     
    Mississippi: Both Mississippi Senate seats will be in play in November after Sen. Thad Cochran (R) announced his retirement last week. In the wake of Sen. Cochran's resignation, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) will appoint a temporary senator to fill Cochran’s vacant seat, and a special election will be held in November.

    Before Sen. Cochran's announcement, State Sen. Chris McDaniel (R-Ellisville) announced his primary challenge to Sen. Roger Wicker (R).  Mr. McDaniel, who came close to upending Sen. Cochran in the 2014 nomination process, faces an uphill battle as he enters the race with just over three months remaining.  If time is not his biggest problem, the resource imbalance may well be the greater obstacle.  Sen. Wicker already had over $4.12 million in the bank at the end of 2017, while Mr. McDaniel is just getting going and the likelihood of outside conservative Super PACs lending strong support to the challenger’s effort is much less now that former presidential advisor Steve Bannon is no longer much of an influential factor in active campaign circles.  The primary election is scheduled for June 5th.
     
    North Dakota:  A new Tarrance Group poll (2/18-20; 500 ND likely registered voters) finds at-large US Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-Bismarck) taking a lead over Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D) by a 49-44% margin, a spread large enough to be just beyond the polling margin of error.  Mr. Cramer, after originally saying he would not run for the Senate and instead seek re-election, last month changed his mind and entered the race.  The Tarrance poll is the first publicly released data that shows Sen. Heitkamp in a state of vulnerability to this degree.  We can expect this race to now be rated as a pure toss-up campaign.
     
    Tennessee:  Sen. Bob Corker (R) reiterated his retirement decision last week, and will leave office when his current terms ends.  With former US Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-Crockett County) withdrawing earlier, US Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Brentwood) appeared unopposed for the Republican nomination until businessman Darrell Lynn came forward pledging to spend $5 million to become the party standard bearer.  The eventual nominee faces former two-term Gov. Phil Bredesen (D) in the general election to replace the retiring Sen. Corker.

    Texas: As expected, both Sen. Ted Cruz (R) and Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso) easily captured their party nominations for the US Senate campaign. Sen. Cruz recorded an 85.3% vote total among Republicans, while 61.8% of Democrats chose Rep. O’Rourke. Since both men exceeded the 50% plus one vote majority figure, each advances to the general election.
     
    House
     
    GA-6:  Jon Ossoff (D), who made history in being the candidate for the country’s most expensive-ever congressional race (over $30 million through his campaign alone, not counting several more million in outside organization expenditures on his behalf) only to lose the June special election to current Rep. Karen Handel (R-Roswell), announced last Friday that he will not become a candidate in the regular election later this year.  With the candidate filing deadline approaching on March 9th, it appears that former Atlanta TV anchorman Bobby Kaple, businessman Kevin Abel, and attorney Sam Levine will comprise the Democratic field. Considering the regular election voting history in this district, Ms. Handel begins her first re-election campaign as the favorite.
     
    MN-1:  Republican Jim Hagedorn (R) lost the second-closest congressional race of 2016, falling to Rep. Tim Walz (D-Mankato), 50.3 – 49.6%.  He returns for his third consecutive congressional run, but this time in an open seat campaign.  Harper Polling, surveying for the Hagedorn Campaign (2/19-20; 412 MN-1 likely Republican primary voters), finds the previous Republican nominee leading state Sen. Carla Nelson (R-Rochester), 54-21%, in a hypothetical GOP primary vote.  Though Minnesota candidates typically abide by the state party endorsement convention results, Sen. Nelson recently said that she would take the race to an August 14th primary should the convention delegates side with Mr. Hagedorn.  The seat is open because Rep. Walz is running for Governor.
     
    NH-1:  Levi Sanders, the 48-year old son of Vermont Senator and former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (I-VT), declared his candidacy for the eastern New Hampshire congressional seat from which Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-Rochester) is retiring after four non-consecutive terms.

    Mr. Sanders, however, lives in the state’s 2nd District, which could become an issue in parochial New Hampshire.  Seven Democrats are already in the race, including Executive Councilor Chris Pappas, former NH state AFL-CIO president and state Rep. Mark MacKenzie (D-Bedford), and Rochester City Attorney Terence O’Rourke.   The general election is likely to become yet another toss-up campaign in a district that has unseated more incumbents than any CD in the nation.
     
    NM-2:  The open 2nd District (Rep. Steve Pearce (R-Hobbs) running for Governor) now has an official party endorsed candidate.  Republicans met in convention and awarded the New Mexico Republican Party primary endorsement to state Rep. Yvette Herrell (R-Alamogordo).  The move was a bit of a surprise because the convention delegates eschewed their former state chairman, Marty Newman.  Rep. Herrell received a whopping 69% of the GOP delegates’ support.  Candidate filing closed on February 6th, which yielded only two Democrats declaring themselves, surprising for an open seat.  College professor Madeline Hildebrandt and attorney Xochitl Torres-Small will square off for the party nomination.  This race begins as a Lean R campaign.
     
    PA-8:  Venture capitalist John Chrin (R) announced that he will continue to challenge Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Moosic/Scranton) in the upcoming election.  Since the new Pennsylvania redistricting plan radically changed Rep. Cartwright’s 17th District, there had been some question as to whether Mr. Chrin, who has over $914,000 in his campaign account thanks largely to his $700,000 personal loan, would remain in the new 8th District or battle for the open 7th CD.  The latter seat houses the Lehigh Valley area where Mr. Chrin was raised, but the new 8th’s Republican numbers are stronger.  The new PA-8 is the only current Democratic district that now becomes competitive under the new plan. 

    TX-2: In Rep. Ted Poe’s (R-Atascocita) open district, a surprise occurred in the GOP primary. Though spending over $5 million of her own money, GOP activist Kathaleen Wall failed to qualify for the run-off by a slight 145-vote margin.  State Rep. Kevin Roberts (R-Houston) placed first with 33% and will face retired Naval officer Dan Crenshaw (27.4%) in the May 22nd Republican run-off.  The winner will have the inside track toward replacing the retiring seven-term incumbent in the general election.

    TX-3:  In retiring Rep. Sam Johnson’s (R-Plano) north Texas 3rd District, state Sen. Van Taylor (R-Plano), as expected, easily captured the Republican nomination (84.7%) and he will go onto win the general election. 

    TX-5: A run-off will occur in retiring Rep. Jeb Hensarling’s (R-Dallas) 5th District.  State Rep. Lance Gooden (R-Terrell) advances to the run-off against political fundraiser Bunni Pounds.  Mr. Gooden’s advantage in the primary vote was 29-22% over Ms. Pounds.  Former Terrell City Councilman Dan Wood was unopposed for the Democratic nomination.

    TX-6: Tarrant County Tax Assessor and former congressional chief of staff Ron Wright came within five percentage points of clinching the Republican nomination in retiring Rep. Joe Barton’s (R-Ennis) north Texas’ 6th District.  He becomes a heavy favorite to dispatch airline pilot and Afghanistan War veteran Jake Ellzey (21.7%) in the run-off election.  Mr. Wright will likely succeed the retiring 17-term Congressman.

    TX-7: Rep. John Culberson (R-Houston) was easily re-nominated with 76.1% while attorney Lizzie Pannill Fletcher (29.3%) and author Laura Moser (24.3%) advance to a run-off. 

    TX-16: In Rep. O’Rourke’s El Paso-anchored 16th District, the El Paso County Judge (Executive), Veronica Escobar, recorded a 61.4% win over five opponents and will easily win the succeeding general election. 

    TX-21: In the 18-candidate 21st District Republican primary to succeed veteran Rep. Lamar Smith (R-San Antonio), former Ted Cruz chief of staff Chip Roy placed first (27%), and will face frequent candidate Matt McCall (17%) in the run-off election.  Mr. McCall, who has previously challenged Rep. Smith, may have benefitted from name confusion since this seat is adjacent to Rep. Michael McCaul’s (R-Austin) 10th District.  Mr. Roy now becomes the favorite to win the run-off and the general election to follow the retiring incumbent.

    TX-23: Rep. Hurd was easily re-nominated (80.3%), while the Democrats must go to a run-off.  Former US Trade official Gina Ortiz Jones ran strongly in the Democratic primary (41.3%), but must face former San Antonio City Council candidate Rick Trevino (17.5%) on May 22nd.  The Democratic establishment’s favored candidate, attorney Jay Huling’s (15%), failed to qualify.  The succeeding general election here will be competitive in what is the state’s lone swing district.
     
    TX-27: In the Corpus Christi area, former Water Development Board chairman Bech Bruun (36.1%) placed a close first in the Republican primary over former Victoria County Republican Party chairman Michael Cloud (34.9%), and the two will battle again in late May.  The likely Republican nominee will replace retiring Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Corpus Christi).

    TX-29: In Houston, state Sen. Sylvia Garcia (D-Houston), also as expected, notched a 63.2% win against six Democratic opponents, and she will replace retiring Rep. Gene Green (D-Houston) in the 29th CD. 
      
    TX-32: In Dallas, Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Dallas) won a 79.3% re-nomination victory, while ex-NFL player Colin Allred (38.5%) and former US Agriculture Department official Lillian Salerno (18.3%) will battle in the May 22nd Democratic run-off election.
     
    UT-4:  Local Salt Lake City pollster Dan Jones & Associates (2/9-21; 404 UT-4 registered voters) released another survey in their ongoing testing of the impending campaign between Rep. Mia Love (R-Saratoga Springs) and Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams (D).  As has been the case in previous polls, Rep. Love maintains a lead but the results are close.  According to their February release, the Congresswoman leads Mr. McAdams, 49-43%, which is almost identical to the group’s January survey that found Rep. Love up 47-42%.
     
    Governor 
     
    California:  In early January, former US Rep. Doug Ose (R-Sacramento) announced that he would enter the open 2018 Governor’s campaign.  Now, less than two months later, he’s dropping out.  Republicans need a strong candidate just to qualify for the November ballot in the state’s top-two jungle primary format and Mr. Ose was thought to be such.  Again having two Democrats run against each other in the Governor’s general election will ostensibly make it more difficult for Republicans to turn out their voters for the down ballot campaigns, especially when not fielding a Senate candidate, either. 
     
    Georgia:  A new Georgia statewide poll from Mason-Dixon Polling & Research (2/20-23; 625 GA registered voters with an over-sample of 500 GA likely Republican primary voters and 500 GA likely Democratic primary voters) tested both the open GOP and Democratic gubernatorial primaries.  According to the survey results, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle has a 27-13-12-11% Republican primary advantage over Secretary of State Brian Kemp, Iraq War veteran Clay Tippins, and former state Sen. Hunter Hill, respectively.  For the Democrats, in a battle of Stacey’s, former state House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams leads ex-state Rep. Stacey Evans, 29-17%. 
     
    Illinois:  The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute of Southern Illinois University conducted a survey for the state’s upcoming March 20thprimary election.  According to the data (2/19-25; 1,001 IL registered voters; 472 likely Democratic voters; 259 likely Republican primary voters), the results appear consistent with other recent research studies.  The Simon Poll finds venture capitalist J.B. Pritzker, who has already spent $56 million for his campaign, leading state Sen. Daniel Biss (D-Chicago) and businessman Chris Kennedy, son of the late Attorney General and US Senator Robert F. Kennedy, 31-21-17%, respectively. 
     
    Maine:  Two Democrats announced last week that they are withdrawing from the open Governor’s race, even before the campaign officially begins.  Former Bangor Mayor Sean Faircloth, who contemplated for a long while before announcing his candidacy, has quickly backtracked and will exit.  The same for ex-state Sen. James Boyle (D-Scarborough).  The departing pair still leaves the Democrats with a dozen candidates including Attorney General Janet Mills, former state House Speaker Mark Eves (D-North Berwick), and state Sen. Mark Dion (D-Westbrook).  The candidate filing deadline is March 15th for the June 12th primary. Gov. Paul LePage (R) is ineligible to run for a third term.
     
    Maryland:  Mason-Dixon Polling & Research looked at the developing Maryland gubernatorial campaign.  Here, despite representing one of the most loyal of Democratic states, Republican Gov. Larry Hogan maintains excellent job approval ratings.  According to this latest poll (2/20-22; 625 MD registered voters), the Governor’s favorability index is 63:26% positive to negative. 

    The approval rating also translates into substantial leads for him in the ballot test.  Against Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, who leads in Democratic primary polling, Gov. Hogan scores a 51-36% margin.  If Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz were the Democratic nominee, the Governor’s margin would be a similar 49-34%.  Should NAACP president Ben Jealous advance to the general election, Gov. Hogan’s preference rating is 50-33%. 
     
    Michigan:  Public Opinion Strategies, surveying for the Bill Schuette for Governor campaign (2/10-13; 800 MI previous Republican primary voters), finds the Attorney General in strong shape to capture the open GOP gubernatorial nomination.  According to the results, Mr. Schuette leads Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, 42-15%, with state Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R-East Lansing) tallying only 5% support.  The Michigan primary isn’t until August 7th, so much time remains for change.  Former state House Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer appears to be the leading Democratic candidate.  Gov. Rick Snyder (R) is ineligible to seek a third term.

    Texas: Gov. Greg Abbott (R) racked up a 90.4% win in the GOP primary, while Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez (42.9%) and businessman Andrew White (27.4%) must now duel in a May 22nd run-off election to decide the Democratic nomination.

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  • 03/05/2018 9:39 AM | Anonymous
         
     

    Dear MAA Member:

    The Senate is scheduled to vote on the procedural motion to begin debate on a broad bipartisan regulatory relief package this week. The bill, The Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act (S. 2155) contains several MBA-supported priorities including: SAFE Act Amendments to create a transitional authority to originate loans (similar to language that passed the House in February as part of H.R. 3978, as amended), consumer protections for Property Assessed Clean Lending (PACE) loans, relief from HMDA reporting requirements for some institutions, as well as an important fix to TRID. 

    Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo (R-ID) introduced this bipartisan legislation last November, and the bill was reported favorably from the full committee in early December 2017.  MAA members collectively contacted 96 Senate offices in support of the legislation, helping to add to the growing list of 25 co-sponsors, including 12 Republicans, 12 Democrats, and 1 Independent.

    Advocacy from our industry has kept these priorities front and center, and we need your help to ensure this legislation has the support necessary for full Senate passage. Sixty votes are needed to “invoke cloture” and allow debate on the underlying bill to begin. MBA continues to pursue the addition of other favorable provisions to the bill within a “Manager’s Amendment” to S. 2155 that will be revealed at some point this week as well.  

    Contact your Senators today and urge them to vote to begin debate on – and then vote for final passage of – S. 2155. 

    If you encounter any issues, please contact Peter Shapiro at 202-557-2933 or pshapiro@mba.org. If you did not receive this Call to Action from maa@mba.org you may not have an active MAA membership. Please click here to sign up for MAA. 

     

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  • 01/22/2018 8:48 AM | Anonymous

    Efficiency Vermont Offers: 8 Hrs. Vermont Appraiser Continuing Education Credits

    At Better Buildings by Design - February 7, & 8, 2018

    DoubleTree by Hilton Burlington Hotel (formerly, Sheraton Burlington), 870 Williston Rd, South Burlington, VT

     

    Efficiency Vermont’s Better Buildings by Design is the region’s premier design and construction conference. It features interactive learning about building durability, efficiency, and value for both residential and commercial projects. Annually it draws 1,000 attendees to its 40 workshops, and to visit with its 50+ exhibitors of energy efficient and renewable energy products, systems, and services (see https://contractors.efficiencyvermont.com/bbd). In addition to two, four-hour Vermont approved continuing education credit courses, we offer appraisers an opportunity to attend up to four Better Buildings by Design (BBD18) conference workshops, learn from exhibitors about their products and services, and join conference attendees for lunch and networking.

    Nationally acclaimed appraiser Sandra Adomatis, SRA, LEED GA will be in Vermont for two days providing 8-hours of Vermont state-approved, continuing education courses/credits at BBD18. Sandy literally wrote the book on green appraisal, Residential Green Valuation Tools. As Vice-Chair of the Appraisal Institute’s (AI) Education Committee, Sandy led AI’s efforts to ensure appraisers have the tools and resources needed to value energy efficient and green homes. Those tools include the Residential Green and Energy Efficient Addendum and the Valuation of Sustainable Buildings Professional Development Program and Registry. Sandy speaks, consults, and teaches nationally and we are thrilled to be able to offer appraisers an opportunity to hear her at Better Buildings by Design.

    Valuation Resources for Solar Photovoltaic Systems for Appraisers - Feb. 7, 2018

    hoen report coverCourse content includes:

    • Review of energy storage batteries for solar PV
    • List of resources from solar PV system valuation expert
    • Overview of electric rate pricing plans to arrive at an accurate analysis of electric costs

    Benefits to appraisers include:

    • Differentiate yourself from your peers by serving as a source of information on solar
    • Learn to accurately appraise an installation to avoid liability
    • Comply with appraisal standards and gain competency before appraising a solar installation
    • Gain access to tools for developing the market value of a home with solar

    Real Estate and Solar Fast Facts:

    • The number of households with solar energy systems in the United States is expected to surpass 1 million this year. It will take only two years to reach the next million.
    • Recent research shows that adding solar to a home—much like renovating the kitchen—can boost a home's value and resulting home sale price.

    With funding from The Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative, Elevate Energy brought together solar and real estate experts from around the country to develop this class. SunShot works to make it faster, easier, and more affordable for Americans to choose solar energy in their daily lives.  Elevate Energy is a mission-focused organization that designs and implements efficiency programs that lower costs, protect the environment, and ensure the benefits of energy efficiency reach those who need them most. 


     

    Evaluating the Emerging Housing Market: 3-Ms – Modular, Manufactured, & MobileFeb. 8, 2018

    The name game has taken over the residential housing market nationwide. Many of us incorrectly assume we understand the terms and physical differences in these names. “Vermod?” “Oh, that’s a mobile home.” Knowledge is power and it will keep you at the forefront in evaluating this rapidly growing, energy efficient housing sector.  This seminar, through pictures, identifies physical and legal differences of these 3‐Ms and a P (panelized homes). Marketing and valuation challenges will be listed and solutions identified. Last but not least, the view of how these 3‐Ms and a P are financed will give you the all‐around content you need to stay abreast of the name game.

    Define and Compare Panelized-Modular‐Manufactured‐Mobile Homes

    • ·        Define each of the 3‐Ms and the P using definitions from the secondary mortgage market and current appraisal text.
    • ·        Review photographs showing characteristics that are significant to valuation and marketing.
    • ·        Describe high‐performance and apply it to the modular/panelized structure and how it differs from a modular that is not high performance.

    List Market and Valuation Challenges

    • ·        Challenges real estate agents face in marketing the 3‐Ms and data that would resolve those challenges.
    • ·        Appraisal procedures available for valuing the 3‐Ms and limitations presented by inadequate data or knowledge.

    Identify Secondary Mortgage Market Guidelines

    • ·        Review Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, FHA, and VA guidelines as they apply to thigh-performance homes.
    • ·        An overview of the appraiser and REALTOR® competency requirements as they apply to these homes.

    Wrap Up and Questions

    • ·        A quick review of the material and where we are with the 3‐Ms in VT with number of units already in place.
    • ·        High performance modular and panelized home incentives and state programs that promote them.

     

     

     

     

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    Payment to: Delaney Meeting & Event Management, Attn: Better Buildings by Design, 1 Mill Street, Suite 315, Burlington, VT 05401

    By phone: 802-865-5202

     

     

  • 12/13/2017 8:23 AM | Anonymous
         
     

    Dear Mortgage Action Alliance Member:

    Earlier today, the House Financial Services Committee voted unanimously to advance H.R. 2948, the SAFE Transitional Licensing Act, which would amend the SAFE Mortgage Licensing Act of 2008 to provide a transitional authority to originate for mortgage loan officers transitioning between federally-insured depositories and non-depositories, as well as across state lines. The broad support of this bill speaks to the impact of over 3,000 industry advocates who collectively contacted nearly 90% of House offices in support of the bill. Your advocacy makes a difference!

    The legislation would require states to grant a transitional authority to originate loans to experienced registered loan originators currently employed by a financial institution. These individuals would be able to continue originating loans for 120 days when they move from one type of lender to another, or move to a new state.

    A bipartisan companion bill exists in the Senate, (S. 1753), and similar language was included in S. 2155, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, which was advanced on a broad, bipartisan basis by the Senate Banking Committee last week.

    Advocacy from our industry has kept these priorities front and center all year, and we need your help to ensure this legislation has the support it needs for full House passage. In order to ensure that this bill is considered by the full House, we need to keep up the momentum! 

    If you have not yet taken action in support of H.R. 2948, please click below and urge your elected officials to support the bill – and urge House leaders to bring it to the House floor for swift consideration!

    If you have already taken action, THANK YOU! Please forward this message to your colleagues and encourage them to join us!

    If you encounter any issues, please contact Peter Shapiro at (202) 557-2933 or pshapiro@mba.org. If you did not receive this Call to Action from maa@mba.org you may not have an active MAA membership. Please click here to sign up for MAA. 

     

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  • 11/21/2017 10:34 AM | Anonymous
         
     

    Dear MAA Member:

    On Thursday, November 16, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo (R-ID), with the support of a bipartisan group of senators, introduced a broad regulatory relief package: S. 2155, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act.  In addition to Chairman Crapo, nine Republicans, nine Democrats, and one Independent currently support this legislation:

    Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN)

    Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC)     

    Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR)               

    Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD)

    Sen. David Perdue (R-GA)

    Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) 

    Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA)

    Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS)               

    Sen. James E. Risch (R-ID)

    Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN)             

    Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)       

    Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT)

    Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA)      

    Sen.  McCaskill (D-MO)

    Sen. Joe Manchin, III (D-WV)     

    Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA)  

    Sen. Gary C. Peters (D-MI)         

    Sen. Michael F. Bennet (D-CO)

    Sen. Angus S. King, Jr. (I-ME)

    The legislation contains several of MBA’s priorities including: SAFE Act Amendments to create a transitional authority to originate loans, consumer protections for Property Assessed Clean Lending (PACE) loans, relief from HMDA reporting requirements for some institutions, as well as important fixes to TRID. 

    Advocacy from our industry has kept these priorities front and center all year, and we need your help to ensure this legislation has the support it needs for full Senate passage.

    The bill is currently scheduled for a markup in the Senate Banking Committee on December 5. In order to convince Senate leaders to quickly advance this important proposal through the Senate Banking Committee and to the Senate floor, we must increase bipartisan support for the proposal.

    You can help NOW by taking action and contacting your Senators to encourage them to cosponsor S. 2155! 

    If you encounter any issues, please contact Peter Shapiro at 202-557-2933 or pshapiro@mba.org. If you did not receive this Call to Action from maa@mba.org you may not have an active MAA membership. Please click here to sign up for MAA. 

     

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VERMONT MORTGAGE BANKERS ASSOCIATION

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