Senate Testimony Reveals Need to Re-Visit Media Reporting on Dodd-Frank Manufactured Home Lending Rules

“I do have concerns that new rules would negatively impact the ability of consumers to buy, sell or refinance these homes.”

— Sen. Joe Donnelly (D) Indiana

“We’ve seen some data showing that numbers of these people are unable to be served.”

— Sen. Bob Corker (R) Tennessee

“I want to know that people in the lower end of the cost spectrum can get access to mortgages …”

–Richard Cordray, director of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau

Washington, DC – June 21, 2016 — For the past year or so, various media outlets have framed unflattering stories about manufactured housing around the premise that the industry’s lending practices unfairly gouge people of modest means, and that Dodd-Frank regulations have failed to protect them.

But during that time, in a parallel universe, lawmakers and regulators have engaged in earnest discussions that support an entirely different conclusion: The misguided implementation of this well-meaning legislation is hurting buyers, sellers and lenders in the critical manufactured home market, which HUD Secretary Julian Castro has said is so important for affordable housing.

This ongoing discussion in Senate committees is available to anyone with access to C-SPAN; it suggests that business and financial reporters might want to re-think past stories on this issue and set the record straight.

Regrettably, media accounts like The Seattle Times/Center for Public Integrity/Buzz Feed and The PBS News Hour are riddled with misleading or inaccurate information. In recent years, the bulk of in-depth news reports and expert analysis on the impact of federal regulations on lending have been originated by and

With the affordable housing crisis growing, there is an urgent need for fresh, accurate reporting that shines a light on the unfortunate consequences of federal rules that were well intended, ended up hurting the very people they were meant to help.

“We have these rules that are in place that really make it difficult” to secure a small home loan in the under-$100,000 market, said Sen. Bob Corker (R) Tenn. That, said CFPB Director Richard Cordray, “is a point worthy of attention.”

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle and the head of the agency empowered to make or break these rules tend to agree the status quo has been found wanting. Hear their thoughts on the matter in this enlightening video from MHLivingNews linked here. ##

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