MBA Responds to Ongoing Spread and Impact of Coronavirus

MBA President and CEO Bob Broeksmit, CMB, issued the following statement regarding response to the ongoing spread and impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19):

“MBA commends the recent actions and ongoing efforts taken by the administration, Federal Reserve and Congress to help both consumers and businesses during this difficult time. The industry can be most helpful to many homeowners by more efficiently refinancing their mortgages, thereby reducing their monthly payments. This can be an important component of the economic stimulus, and we are working to remove hurdles that could impede that.

“The mortgage finance industry is also highly focused on efforts to streamline policies and procedures that will allow lenders to assist borrowers experiencing hardships through this current situation by providing forbearance relief, suppressing negative credit reporting, and other assistance. 

“To enable the industry to deliver both economic stimulus and hardship relief, a number of issues need to be addressed including streamlined appraisal processes, potential liquidity backstops for servicers, increased adoption of remote online notarization, and solving for title insurance issues given the growing number of county recorder office closings. To achieve this, we are working with a broad range of stakeholders, including regulatory agencies and the GSEs, to help mitigate economic impacts as Americans are encouraged to limit their social interactions.

“MBA looks forward to continuing to work with policymakers and all other stakeholders toward helping everyone get through the worst of this challenging situation.”

MBA Member Letter

Mortgage Bankers Association President and CEO Robert Broeksmit, CMB, issued an updated Member Letter on Mar. 16, the text of which appears below:

We are continuing to monitor the ongoing situation regarding the spread and impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19). MBA recognizes the gravity of this moment and the ensuing actions that have already been taken by federal, state, and local governments. 

Given the ever-evolving nature of the response to this virus, we are committed to providing you with updated information of importance to your business. We have created a resource page with links to documents and guidance from the GSEs and federal and state regulators, which can be viewed by clicking here.

The mortgage industry can best support the economy and unleash billions of dollars of fiscal stimulus by helping Americans refinance to a lower rate, thereby freeing up resources for them to spend on other needs. There are unnecessary obstacles to achieving this, which we are working to remove. 

There will also be many homeowners who will need immediate assistance in paying their mortgage over the next few months. We stand ready to help, but the immediate financing needs of advancing these missed mortgage payments to investors will likely be larger than the private sector alone can handle, and we will need public support to get us through the worst of the crisis.

To these ends, we are working closely with policymakers and stakeholders on a variety of issues affecting you, your customers, and the real estate market, including but not limited to:

  • Borrower relief – forbearance logistics and highlighting for officials the need for consistency in policies among the GSEs/FHA/VA/USDA, including how servicers will report information to credit reporting agencies.
  • Potential liquidity backstops for servicers who will undoubtedly be faced with having to advance payments on behalf of borrowers who are receiving forbearance.
  • Bank regulatory flexibility for lenders providing warehouse lines and other secured financing to lenders and servicers. 
  • Possible relief for margin calls on pipelines and financed MSRs, particularly with quarter-end looming.
  • Streamlining the rate/term refinance process – encouraging property inspection waivers for GSE-to-GSE refinances where Fannie and Freddie already hold the risk.  Also looking at relief from some pre-funding re-verifications of employment, given the large number of employers (like entire state education agencies) that are closed.
  • How to solve for title insurance issues given the growing number of county recorder office closings. The Property Records Industry Association (PRIA) maintains a list of counties that allow e-recording at Office closures should be less disruptive in these jurisdictions, and we are working with title insurers on coverage during any potential gap between disbursement and recording.
  • Response to calls from policymakers for eviction and foreclosure moratoria.
  • Legislation permitting remote online notarization (RON) nationwide and encouraging state legislatures to pass RON bills introduced in their legislative bodies.
  • State licensing issues for employees working remotely.

Everyone at MBA remains committed to working on your behalf. MBA is in a strong position financially, despite the inevitable interruption to our conference and education events.  As always, feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. Thank you for what you do for our country every day.

Robert Broeksmit, CMB

MBA Staff Working Remotely

As of Friday, Mar. 13, most MBA employees are working remotely and have full access to MBA resources to conduct their jobs and assist MBA members with everyday tasks. MBA offices remain open at this time but employees are only onsite on a voluntary basis.

About the MBA Coronavirus Resource Center

The MBA Coronavirus Resource Center has been updated and can be accessed at

This Resource Center includes information from health/disease control agencies, recommended business continuity plans, relevant information from financial regulatory agencies, as well as guidance on how companies should communicate with employees, their customers and the public.

MBA recommends members carefully review the updated Interagency Statement on Pandemic Planning issued by the FFIEC agencies in 2007 in response to the outbreak of the avian flu. While this document was developed with banks in mind, MBA believes that it can also be used as a guide for nonbank financial institutions in setting their own policies and procedures.

The Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have developed a Business Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist that identifies important, specific activities businesses can do now to prepare in the event of an outbreak.

MBA encourages its members to work with community planners to integrate their pandemic plans into local and state planning, particularly because the industry’s operations and services are deemed to be an essential part of the nation’s critical infrastructure or key resource.