Home Mortgage Loans Will Be Harder to Obtain in 2014! – Part I

foreclosure defense attorneysStarting on January 1, 2014, it will be more difficult for prospective homeowners in the United States to obtain mortgage loans. This is as a result of the passage of the Dodd-Frank Act. This statute was passed by Congress when the housing market melted down a number of years ago. After the housing meltdown, the federal government funded a bailout of large financial institutions. The Dodd-Frank Act is an attempt to regulate the lending industry. It is designed to protect consumer/taxpayers. In addition to the Dodd-Frank Act there is a Consumer Protection Act of 2010 which also goes into effect January 1, 2014.

“Under the new rules if [banks] want to lend correctly, by the book, they are going to [have to] leave out a lot of borrowers who would otherwise qualify for a mortgage” according to Jacob Gaffney, the Executive Editor of HousingWire.com, and HW magazine. It is estimated close to 50% of the borrowers who could obtain a mortgage in 2013, may not qualify in 2014. What do you do if you are thinking about getting a mortgage? It is suggested you obtain it in 2013.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Under the Dodd-Frank Act the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) is created. The Bureau became operational in July of 2011. The purpose of the CFPB is to prevent consumers from taking out mortgages which were beyond their ability to repay. This federal agency acts as a watchdog to see to it banks don’t start making loans to consumers they can’t afford.

According to Jacob Gaffney, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is a mistake. He recently stated “any company out there, especially the larger banks that have business operations outside of mortgages, are going to dwindle their mortgage operations because [the mortgage operations are] just too risky.” He further stated if there are fewer large lenders he anticipates there will be fewer mortgages offered.

assistance for homeownersElliot S. Schlissel is a foreclosure attorney with more than 20 years of experience helping homeowners to keep their homes by fighting foreclosure lawsuits. He also helps clients obtain mortgage modifications and seeks out other alternatives to foreclosure.

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