National Association of Mortgage Brokers ........... "Call To Action"

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The National Association of Mortgage Brokers (NAMB) has issued a "Call To Action"in an effort to keep one of the many proposals under the Dodd-Frank Act from being enacted.  The provision of the Bill that the NAMB is putting out a "Call To Action" on, is the Qualified Residential Mortgage Rule (QRM).  This provision of the Bill would require that a 20% Downpayment be made by new Borrowers applying for a Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac backed Mortgage.  The Bill also contains a provision where by Lenders will have to retain a "5% Percent Risk Retention"in their portfolios on Mortgages that they sell off to Investors, instead of shifting all of the risk away from themselves.

The reasoning behind these two provisions is to provide so called "Skin In The Game" for Borrowers, and to discourage Lenders from making risky loans, and shifting all the risk to the Investors.   While these two provisions might be well intended, and on the surface seem like good ideas, they will actually cause further problems in the housing and continue to send it on a downward spiral.  A few of the reasons why I believe this is. 

  • The 20% downpayment provision completely misses the point on the cause of the Mortgage Industry problems.  The problems were not created by lack of downpayment on Mortgage Loans, but by improper use of Loan Products, and very liberal lending guidelines.   The fact is that homeowners would probably be in even worst shape if they had put down 20% in States that experienced a severe decline in property values.  Homeowners would have lost substantially more money had they put down 20% down, and were then later foreclosed on, or had to do a Short Sale.
  • The 5% retention of loans sold to investors would cause a reduction of funds available to fund new Mortgages.
  • These provisions would most likely further reduce the number of new Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Mortgages, and continue to increase the number of FHA Mortgages.  If this were to happen we would probably see tightening of FHA Underwriting Guidelines, increase in downpayment requirements, as well as increases to the Upfront Funding Fee, and Mortgage Insurance Premium (MI). 

In my opinion these two proposals are another example of people who do not have a good understanding of the Mortgage Industry, making rules that will further set the Industry back instead of moving it forward.  In fact one of the ramifications that I raise to the 20% downpayment requirement is already in motion.  Congresswoman Judy Biggert, is proposing legislation to change the FHA minimum downpayment requirement from 3.5% to 5%. 

If there is one thing that I have learned in the number of years that I have walked this earth, is that government well intended legislation usually creates more problems than it solves.  These provisions in the Dodd-Frank Act further reinforces that opinion for me.



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Jeff Dowler CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad


Well said, as always. I have a hard time seeing any advantages to the market from these proposals. Who DOES this really benefit?


May 24, 2011 06:18 PM #1
Judi K Barrett
Judi Barrett~Integrity Real Estate Services~Idabel, Oklahoma - Idabel, OK
Broker/Owner, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDAB

Don't you just love it when people make the rules who do not understand and are not going to have to abide by them??

May 24, 2011 08:52 PM #2
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

George, so true on many points. Politicians who have so much guaranted to them making decisions that will just take the middle class out of home ownership.

May 24, 2011 09:04 PM #3
Valerie Osterhoudt
Johnson Real Estate, Inc. - Cromwell, CT
ABR, Cromwell, CT Real Estate ~ 860.883.8889

George.. Once again, let politician make decisions and we the general public will be paying for it for YEARS.  Politicians are not in the real estate field and they should stay out.

ps.. you might want to do spellcheck.  The last word in the first paragraph is wrong.  You've done such a great job here, I want to make sure all of it is up to your high standards.

May 24, 2011 09:30 PM #4
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Jeff, I am sure that they think this is the answer, but this is what happens when proposals are not examined from all sides.

Judi you are right on target with that comment.

Ed, your not saying that the proposals might be different if they applied to them are you? :) :) :)

Valerie, thank you I made the change.

May 24, 2011 10:01 PM #5
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