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In Response to House Financial Services Hearing, NCRC Applauds FHA

Washington, DC – Today, as U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services in a hearing titled “The Future of Housing in America: Oversight of the Federal Housing Administration,” NCRC President and CEO John Taylor applauded recent changes to FHA mortgage insurance …

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NCRC Reacts to Reduction in FHA Premiums

Washington, DC – Today, in reaction to President Obama’s announcement that the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) will lower mortgage insurance premiums by 0.5 percentage points for FHA loans, NCRC President and CEO John Taylor made the following statement: “We applaud President Obama for this positive step, which will be beneficial to working families striving to …

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NCRC Statement on Release of FHA Annual Actuarial Review

Washington, DC – Today, in response to the release of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA)’s annual financial status report to Congress, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) President and CEO John Taylor made the following statement: “NCRC welcomes the positive news contained in FHA’s actuarial review. The review underscores the strong performance of loans issued after …

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NCRC Statement on the Release of 2012 Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Data

Washington, DC – Today, in reaction to the release of 2012 Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data, NCRC President and CEO John Taylor made the following statement: “Today, the federal government released Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data for 2012. The data shows a recovering housing market but also illustrates the prevalence of persistent racial disparities …

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NCRC Statement on House Financial Services Committee Hearing on FHA

Washington, DC– Today, in reaction to this morning’s House Financial Services Committee hearing, “Examining the Proper Role of the Federal Housing Administration in our Mortgage Insurance Market”, NCRC President and CEO John Taylor made the following statement: “FHA plays a critical role in the housing market, which it has served very well for many years. …

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NCRC Statement on FHA’s 2012 Annual Financial Status Report

  Washington, DC– Today, NCRC President and CEO John Taylor made the following statement on FHA’s 2012 Annual Financial Status report: “After 78 years of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) doing things right and performing well from a fiscal perspective, the recent news about its financial health must be seen in perspective. Without FHA, and …

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NCRC Opposes Higher Limits on FHA Loans

Washington, DC — In a letter sent to Chairman Hal Rogers and three other members of the House Appropriations committee, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition opposed extending higher loan limits on FHA loans. The House of Representatives is currently considering raising the loan limits from $625,500 back to $729,750. A recent Congressional Budget Office report …

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NCRC Opposes Increase to FHA Down-payment

Washington, DC — John Taylor, President & CEO of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, released this statement today about the Republican proposal to raise the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) minimum loan down payment to five percent. The proposal will be discussed at a House Financial Services Subcommittee hearing today. NCRC opposes an increase in the …

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John Taylor: Foreclosures Are the Mortal Enemy to Economic Recovery

By: Lori Ann LaRocco CNBC Sr. Talent Producer Published: Monday, 29 Nov 2010 | 10:17 AM ET   The foreclosure crisis still divides us into two camps. There are those who believe that foreclosing rapidly on homes subject to defaulted mortgages is vital to clearing the market. Others believe we should do everything we can …

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While HAMP Program Continues to Fail, Treasury Hides the Ball

Washington, DC – A new report from the Congressional Oversight Panel shows that the Administration’s leading foreclosure prevention program, the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP), will modify less than 5% of the loans that will go into foreclosure by program end. An estimated 8 to 13 million foreclosures will take place by 2012. The report …

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NCRC Calls For Federal Investigation Into Lenders’

NCRC Calls For Federal Investigation Into Lenders’ Refusal to Make Loans to Working Class Families

Files 22 Complaints With HUD Over Lenders’ Unfair & Discriminatory Policies

WASHINGTON, DC — The National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) today called on federal agencies and banking regulators to investigate the nation’s largest Federal Housing Administration (FHA) approved lenders for possible violations of federal housing rules by refusing to offer loans to qualified Americans to the FHA policy of a minimum credit score of 580 and above with a 3.5% downpayment.

A recent NCRC investigation found that the majority of top FHA lenders failed to offer applications for federal-guaranteed loans to potentially qualified borrowers with credit scores below 620 or 640, even though FHA guarantees loans with credit scores to 580. These lenders have policies that establish “credit overlays” above the FHA policy, with minimum credit score requirements as high as 640. One-third of all Americans have credit scores under 620.

“Critical to our nation’s economic progress is the ability of homeowners to get quality refinancing, and for homebuyers to reclaim vacant houses by accessing quality mortgage credit, ” said John Taylor, president & CEO of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition.

“The decision by some banks to not follow the FHA’s policy is cutting qualified borrowers off from accessing credit, and in doing so, causing harm to their ability to prosper, build wealth and for our economy to grow. And this decision is arbitrary, because the loans are 100% guaranteed, whether the borrower’s credit score is 580 or 780. That means the loans with lower credit scores don’t pose additional risk to the company, so there’s no legitimate business defense for this across-the-board practice. A lender is only at risk if they fraudulently or improperly originated the loan, against FHA’s underwriting criteria. As is the case across the secondary market, in that situation, the lender can be forced to buy back the bad loan,” said Taylor.

NCRC Files “Landmark” Fair Housing Complaints

An investigation by the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) discovered that a majority of the top 50 FHA lenders have instituted policies that limit access to credit to working families in low- and moderate-income communities, and in communities of color, the very same communities that have been most harmed by the greed and malfeasance of …

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NCRC Urges Fed To Stimulate Economy By Demanding Principal Reductions

NCRC Urges Fed To Stimulate Economy By Demanding Principal Reductions On Its Loans Worth $1.1 Trillion Taylor Says Federal Government Has Power, Authority to Obtain Reductions on Majority of Mortgage Market Washington, DC – In its efforts to stimulate the economy, the Federal Reserve should demand that banks reduce the principal balances on $1.1 trillion …

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