Yesterday, I had the Future of Housing Finance playing in the background as I was working away on rate quotes and lock commitment confirmations for a few of my clients in the Seattle area. Oh how I wish that I, or a fellow mortgage origintor who has been originating mortgages since pre-subprime days could be on the panel. Since I'm not, I'm going to share a few of my thoughts on this post.
People who currently have a mortgage and who are credit and income qualified (have made their payments on time) should be allowed to refinance without an appraisal. This would not only help home owners save hundreds of dollars each month with their mortgage payment, the end benefit would be real stimulus for the economy.
I believe all mortgage originators, regardless of the type of institution they work for, should be held to the highest standards of the SAFE Act. (Currently mortgage originators who work for banks or credit unions are not licensed).
I also feel strongly that those who present themselves to be residential mortgage originators (licensed or registered) should not be allowed to also sell real estate. I'm concerned this has huge potential for fraud and the home buyer is not best served when a real estate agent knows the fine details of the buyers finances. I view this as a huge conflict of interest. HUD all ready has this standard: real estate agents cannot originate an FHA insured loan. I'd like to see this implemented with conventional financing.
Last but not least, not everyone in American needs to or should own a home. Owning a home is not a right, it's a privelidge that's one's personal financial choice. And there's nothing wrong with renting a home. Renting a home, like obtaining a mortgage, is a personal financial choice.
What are your thoughts?