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January 7, 2015
On Thursday, January 8, 2015, President Obama will formally announce plans in Phoenix, AZ to reduce the cost of mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration – a government agency that secures mortgages primarily for lower and moderate-income borrowers, especially families of color. The plans will: reduce FHA premiums to help make mortgages more affordable; build on successful policies that have helped lead the housing recovery; preserve sound underwriting and strong consumer protections; and continue to strengthen FHA's financial health. The combination...
October 23, 2014
On September 22, 2014, financial regulators including the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Federal Reserve Board, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Securities and Exchange Commission, Federal Housing Finance Agency and Housing and Urban Development, issued final rules to define a Qualified Residential Mortgage (QRM). The new rules are meant to define the risk retention rules for lenders as called for in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. Center for Responsible Lending Vice President of Federal Affairs Ken Edwards made the following...
September 30, 2014
The 2013 Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data confirms a persistent lack of access to the conventional mortgage market for African-Americans, Latinos, and middle class families. It is well documented that people of color and low wealth families received a disproportionate share of foreclosures due to being targets of mortgage loans with risky features that were not well underwritten. Today, these same populations are minimally participating in the mortgage market while it is relatively affordable due to historically low interest rates. As well, these borrowers are more likely to be...
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...

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