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July 15, 2014
Today, the US Department of Justice announced a $7 billion settlement with Citigroup; the financial institution will pay a record-setting $4 billion penalty for misleading investors about securities that included toxic mortgages. Center for Responsible Lending executive vice president Debbie Goldstein comments on the settlement below. CRL is a nonprofit research and advocacy organization focused on consumer lending. In December 2006, CRL published Losing Ground, the first comprehensive, nationwide review of millions of subprime mortgages and predicted the subprime mortgage crisis that...
June 9, 2014
"We must not undermine the progress we have made," says Ken Edwards Today, the House of Representatives will vote on the so-called "Mortgage Choice Act" – a bill that would threaten the safety of home loans and leave consumers vulnerable to excessive fees. These fees, according to the Center for Responsible Lending, would upset the careful balance struck by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in creating the new mortgage rules designed to protect consumers from the irresponsible lending practices that contributed to the recent housing crisis. "It's deeply concerning how...
June 2, 2014
On Friday, May 23, 2014, President Barack Obama nominated San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro as the new Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Statement of Mike Calhoun, president of the Center for Responsible Lending: In his five year tenure, Major Julián Castro has made a substantial difference for the city of San Antonio. The Mayor has a long record of focusing on affordable housing opportunities as the leader of 7th largest metropolitan region in the country - and his emphasis on urban revitalization, workforce development, and job growth has led...
May 15, 2014
Mike Calhoun, president of the Center for Responsible Lending, issued the following statement today: Any mortgage finance reform needs to prioritize access to credit and affordability for all creditworthy borrowers – and that's not what we see in the bill that passed the Senate Banking Committee today. The proposal to overhaul the nation's housing finance system needlessly makes mortgages more expensive and less available placing homeownership out of reach for far too many American families. Without meaningful requirements to serve all markets nationally or follow fair...
May 1, 2014
Mike Calhoun says: Rep. Maxine Waters has presented a solid proposal on how to carefully reform the nation's housing finance system. The Home Forward Act of 2014 rightly recognizes that any reform to this market must ensure broad credit access for qualified borrowers and a level playing field among lenders of every size. The HOME Forward Act correctly structures the new system to ensure that the largest lenders do not gain unfair advantage over community lenders. The proposal provides smaller lenders a fair opportunity to compete with the biggest banks and promotes greater affordability...
March 21, 2014
Joint statement The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development, National Council of La Raza, National Fair Housing Alliance, National Urban League, and Center for Responsible Lending express serious concerns, say much needs to be fixed The new Senate proposal to reform the housing finance system would needlessly make mortgages more expensive and less available, announced civil rights groups today. The goal of housing finance reform is to create a...
March 12, 2014
Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson and Ranking Member Senator Mike Crapo announced yesterday a bipartisan agreement on a plan to reform the housing finance system. The proposal has yet to be fully unveiled. "We appreciate Senators Johnson and Crapo's attention to this critically important issue," said Mike Calhoun, president of the Center for Responsible Lending. "The mortgage market is a $10 trillion industry and any changes to it will resonate through the entire economy. This is why any change must be considered carefully." "Overhaul of the housing finance system must...
January 29, 2014
During the annual State of the Union address, the President rightly called for housing finance reform that keeps the American Dream of homeownership alive for this and future generations. This Dream accounts for $10 trillion of our nation's economy and is a proven path towards upward mobility for millions of Americans. It is also why it is important to preserve the 30-year, fixed rate mortgage loan. While measurable market improvements are occurring, the recovery is not yet benefiting everyone. Any legislative reform needs to fix what is broken and build on what is working. Congress must...
December 10, 2013
We commend the U.S. Senate for confirming Representative Mel Watt as Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. Representative Watt is eminently qualified to run this crucial agency based on his decades of experience as a real estate attorney and member of the House Financial Services Committee. He has repeatedly demonstrated the ability to work with a variety of stakeholders to craft practical and fair solutions. In his new post, he will apply these same qualities to help put the housing finance market on the right path. ### For more information, contact Ellen Schloemer at 919-539-...
October 31, 2013
CRL remains a strong supporter of Congressman Watt to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency. Rep. Watt is eminently qualified to run the agency and help put the housing market on the right path. We are deeply disappointed with today's outcome and urge the Senate to reconsider this important nomination. For more information, contact Ellen Schloemer at 919-539-9092 or ellen.schloemer@responsiblelending.org

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