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Debate leaves some taxing questions about housing unresolved

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Anybody who watched it knows that Mitt Romney scored a technical knockout of President Obama in last week's debate. But are there some potential future costs and concerns for housing that have to be looked at in the wake of that victory? On the one hand, Romney surprised Obama with sharp criticism over an issue that has plagued homebuyers and refinancers: the super-strict underwriting and documentation that banks are requiring for home loans, in part because they're worried about forthcoming "qualified mortgage" federal rules under the Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation. "It's been two years," Romney said to Obama at the Denver debate, "We (still) don't know what a 'qualified mortgage' is. So banks are reluctant to make mortgages ... It's hurting the housing market."  There's no question that regulators have proceeded at a frustratingly glacial pace since the passage of Dodd-Frank in July of 2010, and we don't know what the Consumer Financial Prote...