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OCC Head Has Ideas to Help Smaller Banks

When it comes to regulatory reform, smaller community banks should be a prime concern, according to Acting Comptroller of the Currency Keith A. Noreika. Noreika said as much in his address of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs on Thursday. He also laid out several steps lawmakers can take to lower barriers of entry and expand opportunities for community banks across the country.

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What Goes Up Must Come Down

A bill by Representative Tom Emmer (R-Min) that would increase the reporting threshold under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act for open-end lines of credit and closed-end mortgages was introduced Tuesday. This isn’t the first legislation of its kind; several are urging CFPB to provide exemptions from its rules. Many of these requirements will be rolled out after the first of 2018. See what Representative Tom Emmer and Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer have in mind.

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VRM Mortgage Services Receives 10-Year VA Contract

Vendor Resource Management, Inc. announced that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded the company with a 10-year contract for program management, marketing, and other real estate services on the VA’s portfolio of sing-family residential real estate. Headquartered in Carrollton, Texas, VRM is a nationwide financial services solution and REO services company helping lenders, servicers, investors and government agencies increase compliance, reduce operational and reputational risk, decrease loss severity and improve origination and servicing returns.

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Freddie Mac Announces Second Seasoned Loan Transaction

Freddie Mac announced Tuesday it has had its second Freddie Mac Seasoned Loan Transaction (SLST) via auction of 1,262 seasoned re-performing loans (RPL) and moderate delinquent loans serviced by Select Portfolio Servicing, Inc. Through its advisors, Freddie Mac began marketing the transaction to potential bidders May 17, 2017, and is expected to settle in July 2017. The winning bidder, Towd Point Master Funding, LLC, was followed by a bid in the high $70s.

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High End Retail Locations Indicating Hot Markets

As real estate agents say, “location, location, location”—and that means if you’re located near a Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s, according to research. After studying the areas both before and after the stores were built, researchers found neighborhoods that previously were appreciating at normal or below normal levels started appreciating rapidly after opening. Either they know how to pick neighborhoods, or people truly love to live near Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s.

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Closing of Interracial Gaps in Education Could Increase Homeownership

There are many factors that have affected homeownership rates after the 2008 financial crisis— specifically in regards to young adult social norms and changes in the housing market. The homeownership rate among 25- to 44-year olds has dropped 10 percent in the last decade and recent research shows this could be increased with closing the interracial gap in education and wealth. This research falls in line with statistics on diversity found in the corporate world.

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GSE Profit Allocation Decision Could Take a Total 10 Years

In a recent interview, a prominent hedge fund manager said the legal battle with the U.S. government regarding Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s profits could last another five years. In 2012, investors sued Fannie and Freddie for agreeing to allocate the profit in a different way than what they thought they agreed to when investing in the GSEs, but recently it’s seemed the government is siding more with the Treasury and Federal Housing and Finance Agency than investors. If the Trump administration doesn’t stop the profit sweep, the fund manager said the Supreme Court could be the next step.

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