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Maryland Issues Revised Proposed Rules for Servicing Transfers

The Maryland Commissioner of Financial Regulation recently issued a revised proposed regulation impacting servicing transfers. The Commissioner previously issued proposed regulations on this topic in January 2015. This...more

CFPB Mortgage Servicing Rule Amendments Published in Federal Register

The CFPB Mortgage Servicing Rule Amendments were published in the Federal Register yesterday, starting the clock for the effective date of the amended provisions.  Most of the provisions are effective on October 19, 2017. ...more

CFPB Issues Final Rule Amending Mortgage Servicing Regulations

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued its final rule amending the mortgage servicing rules under Regulations X and Z. The proposal for these amendments was issued in November 2014. The amended provisions...more

CFPB Issues Final Rule Amending Mortgage Servicing Regulations

The CFPB issued its final rule amending the mortgage servicing rules under Regulations X and Z.  The proposal for these amendments was issued in November 2014.  The amended provisions cover a wide range of topics, including...more

CFPB outlines future principles for loss mitigation

Looking forward to a post-financial crisis and post-HAMP mortgage marketplace, the CFPB has issued a document outlining principles intended to “provide a framework for discussion about the future of loss mitigation.”  The...more

CFPB Highlights Mortgage Servicing Examination Findings and Technology Issues

In an unmistakable warning shot to mortgage servicers, the CFPB recently issued a “Mortgage Servicing Special Edition” of its Supervisory Highlights. The CFPB also updated portions of its Mortgage Servicing Examination...more

CFPB Highlights Mortgage Servicing Examination Findings and Technology Issues

In an unmistakable warning shot to mortgage servicers, the CFPB recently issued a “Mortgage Servicing Special Edition” of its Supervisory Highlights. The CFPB also updated portions of its Mortgage Servicing Examination...more

NMLS Renewal Period Starts Now

The annual NMLS renewal period for 2016 started on November 1, 2015, and ends on December 31, 2015. State regulators are encouraging licensees to renew their licenses early. Renewal applications are available online. In...more

CFPB Issues Compliance Bulletin on PMI Cancellation and Termination

The CFPB recently issued Compliance Bulletin 2015-03, addressing the cancellation and termination requirements for private mortgage insurance (PMI) under the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998 (HPA). We note that this Bulletin...more

CFPB Issues Compliance Bulletin on PMI Cancellation and Termination

The CFPB recently issued Compliance Bulletin 2015-03, addressing the cancellation and termination requirements for private mortgage insurance (PMI) under the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998 (HPA). We note that this Bulletin...more

CFPB Proposes Additional Servicing Rule Amendments

The CFPB issued a proposed rulemaking last week to amend various provisions of the mortgage servicing rules under Regulation X and Regulation Z. Comments are due 90 days from the date of publication in the Federal Register....more

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Leading industry trade groups comment on HMDA/Reg. C proposal

Six leading industry trade groups have submitted a letter commenting on the CFPB’s proposed rule amending Regulation C to expand Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data reporting requirements. The trade groups consist of the...more

CFPB Issues First Enforcement Action for Servicing Rules Violations

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently announced a consent order with Flagstar Bank, F.S.B., alleging unfair acts and practices under the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA) and violations of the CFPB's...more

New York Proposes Virtual Currency Licensing and Regulatory Framework

The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) recently proposed a regulatory framework for virtual currency firms. In doing so, New York is the first state to propose a specially tailored regulatory framework for...more

Senator Hagan Introduces the Servicemember Higher Education Protection Act

New legislation, titled the Servicemember Higher Education Protection Act (the “Bill”), was introduced recently by Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC). The Bill includes several provisions that expand protections under the...more

Ginnie Mae Issues Clarification on Electronic Signatures and Documents

Ginnie Mae recently issued All Participant Memorandum 2014-01, which clarifies its position on electronic signatures and documents. In response to the Federal Housing Administration's recent announcement (Mortgagee Letter...more

FHA Permits Electronic Signatures

FHA recently issued Mortgagee Letter 2014-03, which states that effective immediately, FHA will accept electronic signatures on a voluntary basis for the following documents...more

CFPB explores HMDA changes

The CFPB announced it will begin the rulemaking process for changes to the reporting requirements under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA). As an initial step, the CFPB will convene a Small Business Review Panel to seek...more

Washington Amends Its Consumer Loan Act Licensing Regulations

The Washington Department of Financial Institutions (Department) recently issued a new rule clarifying the licensing requirements for individual managers of Consumer Loan Company Licensees. The new rule became effective on...more

FHA Extends Recertification Deadline for Title I and Title II Mortgagees with Fiscal Year End of December 31, 2013

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) recently issued Mortgagee Letter 2013-42, which extends the annual recertification filing deadline for Title I and Title II lenders and mortgagees that have a fiscal year end of...more

FHA Issues Mortgagee Letter Clarifying Lender Self-Reporting Requirements

Possibly in response to the CFPB's recent emphasis on self-reporting, FHA issued Mortgagee Letter 2013-41 last week, which clarifies the self-reporting requirements for Single Family FHA-approved lenders. Ballard Spahr has...more

CFPB issues another update to the Small Entity Compliance Guide for ATR/QM

The CPFB recently issued another update to the Small Entity Compliance Guide for the Ability-to-Repay and Qualified Mortgage Rule, to reflect changes from the October 2013 Final Rule. The updated guide clarifies several...more

HUD issues proposed rule on qualified mortgage definition for HUD insured and guaranteed single family mortgages

As anticipated, HUD recently issued its proposed rule defining a qualified mortgage (QM) for HUD insured and guaranteed single family mortgages. Under the proposed rule, published in the Federal Register on Monday, Title II...more

CFPB Finalizes Amendments to Mortgage Rules

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has finalized several amendments and clarifications to the mortgage rules that had been proposed on June 24, 2013. The amendments include revisions to the CFPB's mortgage...more

D.C. Bar hosts presentation on CFPB enforcement priorities

The District of Columbia Bar recently hosted a presentation on CFPB enforcement priorities. The sole speaker was Mr. Hunter Wiggins, Deputy Enforcement Director of Policy and Strategy of the CFPB’s Supervision, Enforcement &...more

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