Today's housing crisis was made possible by weak rules and poor enforcement. As policymakers consider regulatory reform, we focus on three broad goals: stronger rules to restore common sense standards; preserving the states' ability to protect its citizens from predatory lending; and more disclosure and transparency among lenders.
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- Comments on Enterprise Housing Goals
July 31, 2012
The Center for Responsible Lending, Consumer Federation of America, and Empire Justice Center submitted comments to the Federal Housing Finance Agency on a proposed rule for the 2012-2014 Enterprise Housing Goals. "It is critical that FHFA continue to focus on its responsibility of ensuring that the Enterprises serve the entire housing market." The Enterprises can do this while fostering a liquid, competitive and strong housing market.
- Comments on Qualified Mortgages to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
July 9, 2012
The Center for Responsible Lending, Consumer Federation of America and The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights responded to the CFPB's request for comments on qualified mortgages. Much of the comment letter focuses on an appropriate "bright line" debt-to-income ratio standard for QMs. Setting a narrow debt-to-income ratio for QMs would unnecessarily exclude a large share of borrowers from QM protections. This letter supports setting a baseline debt-to-income ratio on QMs while also giving lenders flexibility to go above it by considering other "compensating factors" that affect a borrower's ability to handle a loan successfully.
- Regulatory Compliance Costs and Small Financial Institutions
May 9, 2012
CRL President Michael Calhoun testifies before a House Financial Services subcommittee on the benefits of strong lending protections. Financial reform, including the CFPB, is good for American families as well as bank safety and soundness.
- National mortgage Settlement is a game-changer
February 17, 2012
A lawsuit highlights possible foreclosure fraud, as loan servicing employees admit they don’t actually review foreclosure documents; instead they do "robo-signing.
- Comments on the Federal Housing Finance Agency Joint Initiative on Mortgage Servicing Issues
December 27, 2011
FHFA has the mandate and the opportunity to improve mortgage servicing practices. CRL recommends incentives to encourage better service by loan servicers and to promote more timely and effective loss mitigation, free of abusive and unfair practices.