McLean, VA – The National Association of Mortgage Brokers (NAMB), with the support of Baker & Hostetler LLP, filed a lawsuit today with the United States District Court for the District of Columbia against the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director James B. Lockhart over the controversial Home Valuation Code of Conduct (HVCC) included in the appraisal agreements between the FHFA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (GSEs), and New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.
“The HVCC does nothing but drive up costs for consumers and push small businesses out of the market,” said NAMB President, Marc Savitt. “The HVCC will drastically reduce the ability of mortgage brokers to provide consumers with an efficient and cost-effective means of obtaining a mortgage.”
NAMB strongly supports policy initiatives that seek to ban coercion of appraisers. However, NAMB believes it is critical for mortgage and real estate professionals to maintain an appropriate level of contact with appraisers to ensure appraisal quality and independence. NAMB argues the HVCC is a “de facto” regulation and holds the FHFA in violation of the Administrative Procedures Act of 1992. The HVCC is arbitrary and capricious, contrary to the intent of Congress and in direct conflict with regulations, policies and guidelines regarding appraisal standards already issued.
“Despite strong opposition by numerous industry representatives, the FHFA, GSEs and New York Attorney General fail to consider the unavoidable increase in costs to consumers should the agreements take effect,” said Savitt. “The lawsuit is the only remaining option to protect small businesses mortgage professionals from the severe competitive disadvantages caused by the agreement. The agreements will also have significant negative consequences for consumers.”
For a copy of the lawsuit, please click here.
The National Association of Mortgage Brokers is the voice of the mortgage broker industry, representing the interests of mortgage brokers and homebuyers since 1973. The Association is committed to promoting the highest degree of professionalism and ethical standards for its members. In addition to mandating members adhere to a professional code of ethics, NAMB provides mortgage brokers with professional education opportunities, and offers rigorous certification programs to recognize members with the highest levels of professional knowledge and education.