In a report released today, Dominion Bond Rating Service said that the number of state regulators willing to promote guidelines that address the risks associated with the origination of nontraditional mortgage loans is continuing to increase.
Since the recent issuance of the Guidance on Nontraditional Mortgage Product Risks (CSBS-AARMR Guidance), a total of 19 states and the
The rating agency explained that the adoption of the CSBS-AARMR Guidance by a state can happen either via the state legislative process or through its state banking departments. For instance, DBRS stated that in certain states, such as
Aside from regulatory developments at the state level, the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight on Dec. 13 instructed Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae to adopt precepts of the Interagency Guidance. As GSEs, Fannie Mae and the Freddie Mac buy mortgage loans in the secondary market to increase housing affordability and accessibility for American families. OFHEO's directive requires both agencies to consider how originators underwrite certain mortgages that they buy. Aside from this, OFHEO instructed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to report on the steps they have taken to ensure that internal risk policies are consistent with Interagency Guidance principles. As the biggest mortgage investors in the