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Fed’s Dangerous Mortgage Rules Harmful to Consumers

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RISMEDIA, April 10, 2008-The 90-day public comment period ended on Tuesday, April 8, for the Federal Reserve Board’s proposed rules to amend regulation Z, which implements the Truth in Lending Act and the Home Ownership and Protection Act.

“Some of these proposed rules will affect only subprime loans, but some of these rules will affect all loan transactions – including Prime loans,” said Gibran Nicholas, chairman of the CMPS Institute, an organization that certifies mortgage bankers and brokers. The CMPS Institute has just completed an exhaustive review of the proposals, and they have sent their comments to the Fed.

The main topics addressed in CMPS’ comments:

The proposed use and reliance on APR as a benchmark for various regulations and disclosures – APR is deceptive and harmful to consumers and the Fed should discontinue the use and reliance of APR in the proposed rules as well as across the board in TIL and other home mortgage disclosures
The proposed restructuring of broker yield spread premiums – the proposed rules are inadequate, ineffective and should be modified to better protect consumers
The proposed regulation of certain advertising practices – some of the proposed rules are unclear, while others contain an over-reliance on APR and should be modified to better protect consumers
The proposed elimination of “stated income” and “no documentation” loans in the sub-prime market – the proposed rules will severely limit the homeownership and financing options available to disadvantaged, minority, elderly and other homeowners with special needs or limited and/or unusual sources of income. The proposed rules should be modified as suggested by the CMPS Institute to address these concerns
The proposed regulation of prepayment penalties – the proposed rules should be modified so that they won’t drive up interest rates and costs for all consumers

Additionally, CMPS Institute attached three addendums to their comments:

Addendum A – CMPS Institute’s proposed Home Mortgage Summary Disclosure Form that should be used as sample guideline for replacing the TIL, GFE and other confusing mortgage disclosures
Addendum B – Sample advertisement for a 2 yr ARM to support CMPS’ comments on the Board’s advertising and APR guidelines
Addendum C – Sample advertisement for an Option ARM to support CMPS’ comments on the Board’s advertising and APR guidelines

For more information, visit www.CMPSInstitute.org or call 888.608.9800.

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