The House Financial Services Committee is holding a hearing April 23 on a regulatory reform bill that would restrict nonprime mortgage lending and lender compensation.

Committee chairman Barney Frank, D- Mass., originally wanted the committee to mark up and approve the bill (H.R. 1728) before Congress left April 6 for its two-week break.

But the chairman agreed to postpone the markup due to objections by committee Republicans and industry groups. Now it appears the committee markup will be April 28 or April 29. The mortgage reform bill (H.R. 1728) requires lenders to retain 5% of the credit risk when they sell single-family loans that are not prime fixed-rate mortgages to investors.

Lenders say the 5% is too high and they are looking for some middle on the risk retention issue. H.R. 1728 also restricts yield spread premiums and mortgage bankers are concerned the language is ambiguous and could restrict servicing release premiums.

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