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NAMB Government Affairs Update
2014 Legislative and Regulatory Conference Follow Up!
Hello Mortgage Professionals!
Well, I'm back here in sunny and cold Boston, Massachusetts after an exciting and extremely productive three days in Washington DC for our 2014 annual legislative conference. Before I get into the debrief and briefly touch upon some of the highlights of our three days in Washington, I wanted to personally and from the bottom of my heart, thank each and every one of the mortgage professionals that came from their individual states to Washington DC to partake in this legislative event. The reason any association efficiently operates and conveys their words of intention, is through membership participation. Now, even though our numbers were little lower than I would've liked, thanks in part to an unsuspecting snowstorm which hit Monday, we should have had more members from our association there with us to pass along the important words NAMB brought to the Hill. I know we can do better and we have to do better, especially as our legislative and compliance environments continually change. So, let's all work to increase our legislative numbers next year to over 250, I think that's a very attainable goal.
So the big news is, H.R. 3370, the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, sponsored by Reps. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) and Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), passed 306-91 on Tuesday, March 4. That is such a win for our consumers and homeowners throughout the United States. It was also kind of nice, that the vote and passing of that legislation happen to occur on the same day of my wife's birthday. Not the kind of present she would've liked, but, nonetheless she and I were both ecstatic! As of the writing of this particular email, the bill has been brought back to the Senate and has been read for the first time. As new information comes from the Hill, I will pass along to you. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my Flood Insurance Task Force Chair, Kimber White and NAMB Board of Director & Florida President Valerie Saunders. They did an absolute incredible job in tabulating data and statistics which was passed along to our legislators to assist them in their voting. The California Association of Mortgage Professionals, led by George Duarte was also instrumental in lobbying this important initiative.
Tuesday night many of the mortgage professionals in Washington DC took a few minutes before parting their ways, and offered some input as to how each of their meetings went on the Hill. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive regarding the qualified mortgage and the existing provision which includes lender paid compensation to a broker in the 3% points and fees cap. Every professional I spoke to indicated their elected official understands this particular issue is flawed and needs to be addressed. I can say from my own personal experience, that my five congressional meetings and my two Senate meetings all yielded the same results; they understand it needs to change and to do so would create a level playing field for all consumers. So, we'll be working very diligently on following up with our elected officials with data to support our proposals.
Revising the FHA Loan Limits was also at the center of each of our discussions, and again, those conversations were met with very favorable results. There will be some exciting and new information being published later next week, and as soon as it's been made available we will share it with all of our members. Great Job California Association of Mortgage Professionals (CAMP) in assisting our GA Team in effectively conveying the importance of FHA Reform. Thank you!
The last, but certainly, not least highlights of the conference was commentary from our guest speakers! Ken Markinson from the Mortgage Bankers Association called in and provided our members with some excellent positions and opinions the MBA are currently working on and are excited to help NAMB in the future. FHA Chair and President Elect John Councilman took some time to speak with FHA Commissioner Carol Galante. Again, thank you so much Commissioner Galante for making time to call in and discuss some important FHA issues with the NAMB leadership and its members.
CFPB Director, Office of Financial Institutions and Business Liaison Dan Smith, stuck at home due to the snowstorm, was gracious enough to join us via a telephone conference call to answer some important broker questions! The BIG QUESTION he helped address answered the ever puzzling question regarding Borrower-Paid Compensation. He confirmed, that you can reduce your Borrower Paid Compensation below your agreed Lender Paid Compensation amount. HUGE WIN for Brokers!!!!
Raj Date, the Managing Partner of Fenway Summer, actually took the time and risked the elements to show up at our conference and speak to our members in person! Raj Date is the former Dep. Director of the CFPB and the brainchild behind what could be the very first Non-QM Wholesale Lender, Fenway Summer. Raj was a huge hit and an incredible speaker who provided us with some information insight to his goals and objectives for his company all the while keeping the conversation very light and entertaining. It truly was an excellent presentation.
On behalf of our entire association I would like to personally thank Raj Date, Dan Smith, Carol Galante and Ken Markinson for their time!
So, there you have it! NAMB Lobbying on behalf of all Mortgage Brokers and Bankers located in every corner of the U.S. How about you become of a part of something bigger than yourself and join the ONLY trade association that is lobbying for beneficial changes on your behalf each and every day.
Richard M. Bettencourt Jr., CRMS, CMHS
Government Affairs Chair
NAMB Government Affairs Update
2014 Legislative and Regulatory Conference Follow Up
H.R. 3370 - Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2013 Passes
On Tuesday, March 4, 2014, NAMB members from all over the United States braved the record cold temperatures to represent mortgage professionals, small businesses, and most importantly, consumers to lobby for H.R.3370, the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2013 by Grimm. NAMB's lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill helped sway some votes to address the unintended consequences of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act which would have left consumers facing skyrocketing premiums and downward pressure on home values.
The bill was passed Tuesday night with 238 cosponsors and is expected to pass the Senate as is. (Details Here)
Special thanks to the California Assocation of Mortgage Professionals, the Florida Association of Mortgage Professionals for their efforts with this legislation and the NAMB members that represented their states this year.
Also, if you have the opportunity, please thank Provident Funding for their sponsorship of this year's legislative conference.
This bill's passage is just another example that your voice does count and why it is important to invest in your industry.
In addition to lobbying for the flood insurance fix, NAMB members voiced their concerns over the QM's 3% cap and the inclusion of brokerage entity compensation as well as the FHA loan limit reductions. We also had an intriguing discussion with our keynote speaker, Raj Date, about the non-QM market and the roles mortgage professionals will play serving the underserved. Overall, although it was a little cold outside, but we were successful.
I hope to see you all at the NAMB National Conference in Las Vegas (9/13-9/15). Last year we had more than 2,000 registered attendees. This year is expected to be bigger given the new lending environment and new opportunities. Please visitwww.nambnational.com for more information.
Just remember, It does not matter if you are a mortgage broker or a mortgage banker, NAMB is here for you...the mortgage professional.
NAMB Government Affairs Update
The QM is Here, The QM is Here...
Tell Your Story...
We are already hearing stories from mortgage professionals of consumers being pushed into rebuttable presumption and higher priced mortgage loans due to the FNMA LLPA's. We are hearing from mortgage professionals that all the investors have different interpretations of QM, Points and Fees, Rebuttable Presumption, etc. Bottom Line, there is lots of confusion and ultimately, borrowers are already having issues with access to credit.
So, WE NEED YOUR HELP.
NAMB SURVEY - The data collected from previous surveys has been instrumental in "telling your stories" and has opened lots of eyes in Washington, D.C. Please help us continue the fight.
Also, don't be afraid to call your representatives and let the hear your stories too.
GA Update - 164 Mortgage Broker Entities Gave $64m Back to Consumers in 2012
Special thanks to the 164 mortgage broker entities which sent us their mortgage credit to consumer stats from 2012. We are still compiling the data to deliver to our regulators and would love to get some more feedback.
So, here is how we need your help. Watch the video, support your industry by joining NAMB if you are not already a member, and help us fight the unintended consequences looming from the Dodd-Frank Act and the Qualified Mortgage.
It is extremely important that we get the mortgage credit to consumer information so we can present it to our regulators per their request. What we are looking for is the following information:
TOTAL number of Loans closed in 2012.
TOTAL Dollar Volume of your loans.
TOTAL amount of Mortgage rebates that you gave to the customer to help pay their closing costs. This amount will be the sheet price of the loan, minus your Lender Comp, minus any hits and this would be the net amount that you would have given back to the customer to help pay fees and reduce closing costs.
This information will be kept confidential. We are not going to publish this information, however, it has been used by some companies to show Realtors that you are giving back to the customer to help them, and it has been very successful.
We have open lines of communication with our regulators and will continue to work with them to improve the state of housing and do what is best for the consumer.
Support Bills HR1077 and S949
View and share the video above as it describes why HR 1077 and S 949 are important for consumers in plain language that everyone can understand. Your representatives in Washington, D.C. as well as your colleagues need to see why the 3% in its current form will hurt free markets and fair competition.
Special Thanks to NAMB Member, Ruby Grynberg of Salmon Bay Community Lending for producing this wonderful video and allowing us to share.
GA Update - QM Might Make Credits to Consumers Obsolete
NAMB leadership had a very busy and productive 2 days in Washington, D.C. last week meeting with regulators, industry partners, hill staffers, and legislators. Four NAMB member companies we used as samples gave over $1.6m back to consumers in 2012 alone!
Our regulators were very fascinated by this and want more data. This will help us get meaningful improvements to the QM. So, here is how we need your help. Watch the video, support your industry by joining NAMB if you are not already a member, and help us fight the unintended consequences looming from the Dodd-Frank Act and the Qualified Mortgage.
If you are a mortgage broker, please calculate the amount of credits you gave back to consumers in 2012 and send it to us. We have open lines of communication with our regulators and will continue to work with them to improve the state of housing and do what is best for the consumer.
We need your help and support with this! Click here to view the letter we need you to fill out so you can help!