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Past articles by Brian:

Nonbank mortgage employment gets a surprise bump

Employment in the nonbank mortgage lender and brokerage sector unexpectedly rose in February after several months of layoffs. → Read More

Manufactured housing giant endorses HUD's call for regulatory relief

The dominant player in manufactured housing lauded the Trump administration's review of construction standards, but other commenters worry the plan will undermine housing quality. → Read More

FHFA still eyeing 2019 for implementation of new credit score model

The annual progress report on the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac conservatorships reiterated that a new credit score model will likely not be operational until after the implementation of a new Single Security Initiative. → Read More

FHFA announces start date for new common mortgage security

After several years of preparation, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will start issuing a new, common mortgage-backed security starting June 3, 2019, the Federal Housing Finance Agency said Wednesday. → Read More

Low Income Housing Tax Credit gets boost from spending bill

Lawmakers approved a measure to increase the program's funding by nearly $3 billion over four years. → Read More

Senate Dems criticize Carson over HUD enforcement practices

Senate Democrats accused Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson and his agency of failing to enforce fair housing laws. → Read More

Critics of FHLB membership rule aren’t thrilled with prospect of repeal

A bill to allow captive insurance companies to be reinstated as members of the Federal Home Loan Bank System appears to be dividing the FHLB community. → Read More

FHA is making progress on False Claims Act concerns: Carson

HUD Secretary Ben Carson told lawmakers that overly rigid False Claims Act enforcement had forced lenders to suffer financially for what were just minor errors, but that lenders' fears of being sued were dissipating. → Read More

Ginnie Mae venture with Chicago FHLB crosses mortgage milestone

A mortgage program created by a 2015 partnership between the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago and Ginnie Mae has securitized over $1 billion in government-backed mortgages, the partnership announced. → Read More

Legislative progress on flood insurance changes still elusive

As Congress moves quickly toward passing regulatory relief legislation, another financial services policy goal — long-term reform of the National Flood Insurance Program — remains stalled. → Read More

Agency proposes giving FHLBs more latitude on affordable housing funds

The Federal Home Loan banks could "design and implement" their own system for deciding how to allocate resources for affordable housing initiatives under the proposal by the Federal Housing Finance Agency. → Read More

Banks want in on tax reform plan to spur investment in distressed areas

Banking and affordable housing advocates are encouraged by a provision in the tax reform legislation that could increase investment in underserved communities by allowing investors to defer capital gains taxes when they reinvest in federally chartered Opportunity Funds. → Read More

Carson praises affordable housing measures in tax bill

The secretary of housing and urban development also urged the Senate to approve Brian Montgomery to be the new Federal Housing Administration commissioner. → Read More

Could a spike in IRS budget solve income-verification problems?

Financial services groups are calling for more funding for the Internal Revenue Service that could fix flaws in the agency's system for verifying the income of mortgage applicants. → Read More

Industry hopes for revamp of HUD manufactured-housing rules

With manufactured housing growth still sluggish, industry advocates want the Department of Housing and Urban Development rules to be more in line with current building trends. → Read More

Freddie needs $312 million from Treasury after writing down tax assets

Freddie Mac posted a fourth-quarter net loss of $3.3 billion and will request $312 million from the Treasury after recent tax reform legislation forced it to write down the value of deferred tax assets. → Read More

Small nonbanks call for clearer exemption from CFPB audits

Nonbank mortgage firms are seeking formal assurance from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that they will not become subject to surprise audits or enforcement without involvement of a state regulator. → Read More

Upbeat FHA outlook in Trump budget renews calls for premium reduction

The new budget proposal projects a very profitable Federal Housing Administration in fiscal year 2019, but there are no indications the FHA will reduce its mortgage insurance premiums anytime soon. → Read More

House clears bill to ease limits on QM points and fees

The legislation, a similar version of which passed in the last Congress, would give favorable regulatory treatment to certain loans even if real estate-related fees were paid to an affiliate of the lender. → Read More

Senate deal includes $64B for disaster relief efforts

Senate leaders have unveiled a budget agreement that includes $64.2 billion to help states and U.S. territories recover from last year's hurricanes, wildfires and other disasters. → Read More