The Federal Reserve Board will consider amendments to the Truth in Lending Act placing new restrictions on mortgage broker compensation.
"The proposal will include new rules governing mortgage originator compensation," Fed governor Elizabeth Duke said. The proposed rule — which the Fed will take up on July 23 — also includes "re-redesign, consumer tested disclosures and rule changes for closed-end mortgages and home-equity lines of credit,"
Duke told a congressional panel. The Fed punted on regulating broker compensation and yield-spread premiums last July when it approved a Home Ownership and Equity Protection Act rule to clamp down on abusive lending practices that led to the subprime meltdown.
However, Fed chairman Ben Bernanke directed staff to continue their efforts to address the issue. He noted YSPs that brokers receive from lenders are based on the interest rate, which "on its face seems to be an incentive for steering borrowers into higher price loans."