The California Association of Mortgage Brokers is promoting what it terms "a comprehensive solution to curbing abusive lending practices."The trade group has issued a "best-practices guide" and conducted a conference call on the subject. "Mortgage brokers are the bridge for consumers in the loan process because they provide loan options that meet the exact needs of the borrower," said CAMB president Jack Williams. "Like a fine tailor, quality mortgage brokers go the extra mile to find a loan that fits the borrower's financial needs or objectives." The guide calls for: uniform licensing standards with mandatory pre-education, continuing education, and criminal background checks for all loan originators; updated information booklets and key disclosures to address nontraditional mortgages; the enforcement of existing abusive lending laws; workplace efforts on integrity and consumer education; and expanded financial literacy programs. Michael Faust, the CAMB's government affairs chairman, said the guide grew out of the recent dialogue over nontraditional products and abusive lending practices. But that dialogue, he said, "has broken down, with everyone taking their sides and screaming their interest points as loud as they can," affecting the ability to reach a compromise.

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