The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) has drafted and sent to Washington officials a regulatory reform proposal suggesting how a new federal mortgage regulatory agency the group has been calling for might set lending and servicing rules for the entire mortgage industry, regardless of charter or license.

"Under our proposal, we are calling for one federal regulator to implement standards and oversee all mortgage bankers and brokers," MBA president and chief executive John Courson said.

State and federal regulators would sit on the board of directors of the newly created Federal Mortgage Regulatory Agency, which will establish uniform lending standards and update them as needed without going to Congress for approval.

"The new regulator also will work with federal and state regulators to enforce lending standards for their regulated entities," MBA says in a letter to House and Senate banking committee leaders.

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