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A Win for Future Homebuyers

Monday, June 11, 2018  
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June 11, 2018

A Win for Future Homebuyers

Last month both houses of Congress passed and President Trump signed into Law the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act, (the Act).  This new law has many provisions, as it primarily seeks to “roll back” earlier laws and regulations that have not proven to add value to consumers.  At AHA, we aren’t anti-regulation or pro regulation.  We’re for regulation that provides a true benefit to the consumer, taxpayer or most importantly, existing and aspiring homeowners. There are two provisions of particular importance to prospective homeowners in the Bill signed into law by the President. The first removes the additional data reporting requirement for smaller banks (that do fewer than 500 mortgage loans/year) that was a requirement of the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA).  While some consumer groups fear that not requiring this data will impede fair housing enforcement, proponents expect that these effects will be negligible and that the reduction in this regulatory requirement for about 80% of the banks will have a favorable impact on the cost of home financing for borrowers.

Even more importantly, in Section 310 the Act requires that the regulator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac expand the usage of alternative credit scoring models:

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) must, by regulation, establish standards and criteria for processes used by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to validate and approve credit-scoring models in accordance with the bill.”

This is a win for prospective homeowners because use of these modern alternative credit scoring models is expected to deliver a credit score to millions of American’s who do not have a credit score today. Additionally, of those new credit score recipients, many would be eligible for home financing in the very near future.  Your AHA will continue to follow the progress on this as the FHFA develops the guidelines and Fannie Mae and Freddie implement them.

Homeowner Tips

As the temperatures rise, check out these tips for saving energy and potentially reducing your energy costs.

  •  Energy Saving Tips: for the Summer Months, Grace Communications Foundation, article here.
  • Top 10 Summer Energy-Saving Tips, Pacific Power.  Article here.
  • Top 10 Tips to Save Energy and Money This Summer, US Dept. of Energy.  Article here.

Summer Savings Are in Full Swing!

AHA Member Rewards now has over 2500 retailers offering discounts and cash back rewards for all of your shopping needs.  Now that school is out, stock up on your vacation needs, summer supplies – and don’t forget Father’s Day.  Just go to AHA Member Rewards for the latest offers and daily specials.