Jan 22, 2013 3:50PM

Senator asks Regulators for Consistency between QM and QRM

A senator has asked federal banking regulators to simplify and align underwriting standards for so-called Qualified Residential Mortgages (QRM) with those for Qualified Mortgages (QM) which were released last week. In a letter to the heads of six federal agencies, Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), a member of the Senate Banking and Finance Committee, said that failure to synchronize the two standards could permanently regulate the private sector out of the housing finance business. Under the Dodd-Frank...

Jan 21, 2013 3:30PM

Wake Up Call: Free Refi Boom Almost Over

Earlier this month, I did an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle about repeat no-cost refinancing in a declining rate environment. The piece came out January 4, the day after minutes from the Fed's last 2012 rate meeting were released. Those minutes revealed more bias toward ending Fed support of low mortgage rates than previously thought, and rates rose immediately. So is the free refi boom over? Not quite, but we're getting close. Below I explain, first by defining " free refi ," then by...

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