The National Association of Mortgage Brokers, responding to criticism of the mortgage brokerage industry by Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., has criticized the senator for advocating policies that "single out small business America" and called instead for an examination of the entire mortgage system."The entire mortgage system needs to be examined from stem to stern -- from the home shopping phase, bankers, brokers, and lenders all the way to Wall Street and the rating agencies," the NAMB said in a statement. "NAMB welcomes Sen. Clinton's proposal to create a registry database, but it needs to go one step further -- it should be applied to all mortgage originators, not just mortgage brokers." In a recent speech, Sen. Clinton called for upfront disclosures of mortgage brokers' compensation, a ban on prepayment penalties, and a requirement that all subprime mortgages have escrow accounts. Regarding disclosures, the NAMB noted that it has also called for reform, pointing to Federal Trade Commission studies suggesting that "our entire mortgage disclosure system is broken and it needs a comprehensive fix." The association can be found on the Web at http://www.namb.org.

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