“Skin in the Game” Mortgage Rule Announced by Federal Regulators

Federal regulators are proposing new risk retention rules geared toward reducing risky low mortgage lending. The ‘skin in the game” rule was articulated in the Dodd-Frank Consumer Protection Act, which mandates credit risk sharing and for mortgage-backed securities (MBS) sponsors and those of other asset classes to align their interests with investors.

Under the new qualified residential mortgage rules, lenders would have to retain 5% of the risk, known as “skin in the game,” for non-qualifying loans that they make rather than selling all of them to investors. The loans would likely include higher mortgage costs. Loans sold to Freddie Mac or Fannie Mae, however, would be exempt from the rules as long as they remain in government conservatorship. Loans through the Federal Housing Administration would also be exempt.

A qualified residential mortgage (QRM) is a mortgage that regulators consider to be a loan that offers a low risk of default. Some of the requirements for qualifying for a QRM loan:

• Placing at least a 25% down if you are buying a house.
• Having at least 25% equity to refinance.
• Having at least 30% equity for cash-out refinancing.
• No 60-day delinquencies over the past two years.
• Not being able to get a loan with interest only payments, negative amortization, or “significant interest rate increases.”

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Related Web Resources:
Rule Could Make Mortgages Harder to Get, Fox Business, March 31, 2011

Bankers pleased with ‘skin in the game’ rule, Marketwatch, March 29, 2011

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