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July 21, 2010

Mortgage Broker Reform

The U.S. government has been working frantically to pass mortgage reform that would require loan modification licensing.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which oversees compliance with the SAFE Act, has proposed that employees handling loan modifications for struggling homeowners also meet the licensing requirements, a policy opposed by banks.  John Courson, CEO of the Mortgage Bankers Association said that mandating licenses for mortgage loan-modification specialists could slow hiring and hinder efforts to cut home foreclosures.” Courson continued, “We say this is not originating a new home loan, because the loan terms are being reduced on their home mortgage to increase the affordability and reduce the likelihood of a foreclosure.”

The housing department hasn’t set a deadline for a decision, said Lemar Wooley, a spokesman.  According to Anthony Hsieh, CEO of Loan Depot, a home loan lender based in Irvine, California, the process costs $3,000 to $6,000 to train and pay the fees for each new employee to comply with the mortgage licensing system. “The mortgage reform law is supposed to make sure we kick the bad ones out,” said Hsieh. “It could be the opposite, keeping the good loan officers out.”  Read the original article online > Loan Modification Licensing and Mortgage Reform

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