House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank, D-Mass., wants to start the mark-up of his controversial predatory-lending bill on Nov. 6.The Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act would establish a minimum federal lending standard (but not pre-empt state lending laws) along with a limited form of assignee liability for securitizers of subprime mortgages. The bill (H.R. 3915), co-sponsored by Reps. Brad Miller and Mel Watt, both North Carolina Democrats, also appears to ban the payment of yield-spread premiums to mortgage brokers. The National Association of Mortgage Brokers is seeking a clarification to this anti-steering provision.

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