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Why Are the Letters ‘CFPB’ and ‘QRM’ So Important?

For Agents’ Eyes Only…

Each Thursday we post a blog to help real estate professionals understand how they can better assist their buyers and sellers navigate the current real estate market. – The KCM Crew

As professionals in the housing market, we must be able to give expert advice to our clients in order to guarantee that they make the best decisions for themselves and their families.

When talking to potential purchasers, we must be able to intelligently discuss the changes that will be taking place in 2013 because of CFPB and QRM. These changes will have a major impact on the mortgage process and a buyer’s ability to finance their purchase of a home.

Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB)

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 created the CFPB. Its purpose is explained on their website:

“The central mission of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is to make markets for consumer financial products and services work for Americans — whether they are applying for a mortgage, choosing among credit cards, or using any number of other consumer financial products.”

The site goes on to explain:

Like a neighborhood cop on the beat, the CFPB supervises banks, credit unions, and other financial companies, and we will enforce Federal consumer financial laws.”

In 2013, the CFPB will put its stamp on the mortgage industry in the United States. We should keep ourselves aware of the changes that will be coming and their impact on the home purchase experience. One of these changes will be QRM.

Qualified Residential Mortgage (QRM)

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and other federal agencies are currently developing guidelines for loans that will have a statistically lower risk of default, based on the underwriting guidelines and product features built into the loan. A loan meeting these new guidelines will be a qualified residential mortgage.

What impact will this have on the mortgage market?

According to the Qualified Residential Mortgage Resource Center:

 “The bottom line is that borrowers who fail to meet the basic criteria for a qualified residential mortgage will have a harder time finding a loan, when compared to borrowers who do meet those criteria. They might end up paying a higher interest rate, as well…Financial analysts from J.P. Morgan Securities have estimated that borrowers might pay up to three percentage points more for loans that are subject to risk-retention (i.e., loans that don’t meet the definition of a qualified residential mortgage).” 

As real estate professionals, we must keep ourselves updated on all changes and be able to simply and effectively explain them to our clients. This will be crucial in 2013 because of CFPB and QRM. Keep on top of this issue!!


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1 reply
  1. Jack Lara
    Jack Lara says:

    The baseball analogy …. always changing the strike zone from inning to inning because of what happened the previous inning…and the changes then have consequences for the next inning…. Lots of batters and hitters would be tossed from the game…

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