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Rising to the Occasion

From regulatory scrutiny to the changing needs and preferences of borrowers, mortgage servicers have a lot on their plate in 2022. A pair of recent Five Star webinars examined the best ways forward.

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DeMarco Tapped to Head HPC

The Financial Services Roundtable has appointed Ed DeMarco to head its Housing Policy Council. DeMarco has previously served at FHFA, the Treasury Department, the Milken Institute, and the Social Security Administration. He takes the helm starting June 1.

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Lenders, Homeowner Advocates Unite Behind Mortgage Debt Relief Act

The Center for Responsible Lending, a nonprofit group dedicated to protecting consumers from predatory lending practices, and the Financial Services Roundtable, a group of representatives from the nation's largest financial institutions, have come together to ask Congress to extend the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act, which will otherwise expire at the end of this year. The two groups argue that if lawmakers fail to act, it will make it difficult for struggling homeowners to accept short sale, and even loan modification, offers.

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Industry Weighs in on Administration’s Housing Finance Proposal

Organizations from every corner of the industry are weighing in on the administration's proposal to reform the nation's housing finance system. A number of groups are throwing their support behind the long-term reform option that calls for a group of private companies to provide guarantees for well underwritten mortgage securities, and the federal government to offer investors a type of reinsurance on these bonds. There are some, though, who say even this more prudent approach will raise borrowing costs and push small businesses out of the market.

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Future of GSEs Uncertain, Many Lobbying for Their End

For decades the GSEs have made it possible for many people to achieve their homeownership goals by reducing the cost of credit and making it more readily available. But in light of the recent financial meltdown, banks and other corporations are calling for reform that they say the Dodd-Frank Act didn't cover. The government is set to release a report on the future of Fannie and Freddie in the coming weeks, but market participants have low expectations for a definitive solution in the report.

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