FRB Testimony on LO Compensation (Possible Change!)


On Wednesday, July 13, 2011, the Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity Subcommittee (Committee of Financial Services) held a hearing, entitled "Mortgage Origination: the Impact of Recent Changes on Homeowners And Businesses."

The overall purpose of the hearing was to evaluate recent changes to mortgage origination laws, with particular focus on the impact the new laws and regulations have on consumers and credit availability in the mortgage finance markets.

During the hearing, Sandra Braunstein, the FRB's Director of Division of Consumer and Community Affairs seemed to state that the loan officer employees of loan originators (i.e., brokers) would not be required to be paid only by a salary on consumer-paid transactions, but may also be paid "bonus" commissions.

Her testimony today actually supports this understanding of her statement to the Subcommittee.

If that aspect of the Rule is changed, then this would be a significant relief to mortgage brokers.

In any event, the details and facts must be considered. So further clarity will be needed to determine if this is actually change in FRB policy or otherwise.


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