Last week the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) held its 100th Annual Convention and Expo in Washington, D.C. More than 4,000 attendees swarmed the Convention Center, split between lenders and vendors.
Fitting the D.C. setting, the dominant topic of the conference revolved around compliance and regulatory oversight. Many of the sessions, and most of the conversations we heard had at least some compliance angle. The topics ranged from meeting CFPB regulations in 2014 to understanding how to offer new products that would meet the requirements of investors and the GSEs.
However, all of the focus on compliance is producing a backlash. The president of MBA basically said enough is enough on the compliance and that any more is a risk to credit flowing. He also said 40% of home purchases last year were paid in cash.