Richard J. Andreano, Jr.

Richard J. Andreano, Jr.

Ballard Spahr LLP

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The CFPB Announces Final Diversity Standards under Dodd-Frank Section 342 Are Completed

On April 29, 2015, the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI) of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) released its third Annual Report for 2014, as mandated by Section 342(e) of the Dodd-Frank Act...more

5/6/2015 - CFPB Diversity Dodd-Frank Federal Contractors OMWI

CFPB Issues Final Rule on Homeownership Counseling Requirements

The CFPB has issued a final rule to assist lender compliance with RESPA and TILA homeownership counseling requirements. Under RESPA, a lender must provide applicants for a federally related mortgage loan with a list of...more

5/1/2015 - CFPB Consumer Lenders Final Rules Homeowners Mortgage Counselor Mortgage Lenders RESPA TILA

CFPB Targets Another Mortgage Lender for Deceptive Advertising

The CFPB has announced the settlement of an enforcement action against a California-based mortgage lender for alleged deceptive advertising practices, including the use of advertisements that the CFPB claimed falsely led...more

4/21/2015 - Advertising CFPB Civil Monetary Penalty Consent Order Enforcement Actions False Advertising Military Service Members Mortgage Lenders Mortgages Popular Regulation N TILA Veterans Administration

House passes bill to amend TILA points and fees definition for mortgage loans

Earlier this week, the House of Representatives passed a bill to amend the TILA definition of “points and fees” that is used to determine whether a loan is a high-cost mortgage or, for purposes of TILA’s ability to repay...more

4/20/2015 - Mortgage Escrow Account Mortgage Lenders Mortgages New Legislation Points and Fees TILA Title Insurance

House passes bill to amend TILA points and fees definition for mortgage loans

Earlier this week, the House of Representatives passed a bill to amend the TILA definition of “points and fees” that is used to determine whether a loan is a high-cost mortgage or, for purposes of TILA’s ability to repay...more

4/17/2015 - Ability-to-Repay Amended Legislation Mortgage Lenders Qualified Mortgage Rule TILA

CFPB issues final rule on homeownership counseling requirements

The CFPB has issued a final rule to assist lender compliance with RESPA and TILA homeownership counseling requirements. Under RESPA, a lender must provide applicants for a federally related mortgage loan with a list of...more

4/16/2015 - CFPB Final Rules Financial Education Initiatives Mortgage Lenders RESPA TILA

Senate Banking Committee to hold April 16 hearing on mortgage credit availability

On April 16, 2015, the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs will conduct a hearing entitled, “Regulatory Burdens to Obtaining Mortgage Credit.” The witnesses scheduled to appear are...more

4/14/2015 - CFPB Congressional Investigations & Hearings Mortgage Lenders Mortgages Senate Banking Committee

CFPB targets another mortgage lender for deceptive advertising

The CFPB has announced the settlement of an enforcement action against a California-based mortgage lender for alleged deceptive advertising practices, including the use of advertisements that the CFPB claimed falsely led...more

4/10/2015 - Advertising CFPA CFPB Consent Order Enforcement Actions Mortgage Lenders Regulation N TILA Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices

CFPB updates home buying information booklet

The CFPB has issued an updated version of the home buying information booklet (also known as the special information or settlement cost booklet) required under RESPA and TILA. The new booklet is entitled “Your home loan...more

4/2/2015 - CFPB Home Buyer Mortgages RESPA TILA

Trade groups seek grace period for TILA/RESPA integrated disclosure rule

A group of 17 trade associations and organizations have written to the CFPB seeking a grace period for enforcement of the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule which becomes effective on August 1, 2015. In their...more

3/23/2015 - CFPB Grace Period Integrated Disclosures RESPA TILA Trade Associations

CFPB takes action on misleading advertisements

Late last week, on February 12, the CFPB announced actions against three mortgage companies for alleged violations of Regulation N, the Mortgage Acts and Practices Advertising Rule. Among other restrictions, Regulation N bars...more

2/18/2015 - Advertising CFPB Consumer Lenders False Advertising FTC Government Agencies Misrepresentation Mortgage Lenders Popular Regulation N

CFPB Finalizes Amendments To TILA/RESPA Integrated Disclosures Rule and Loan Originator Rule

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently promulgated its first final rule of 2015, a series of minor amendments to the TILA/RESPA integrated disclosures (TRID) rule. The substantive changes to the TRID rule are an...more

2/6/2015

CFPB proposes amendments to “small creditor,” “rural” exemptions

On January 29, the CFPB proposed amendments to the portions of Regulation Z governing mortgages made by small creditors. In the same notice, the CFPB also proposed amendments to Regulation Z’s definition of the term “rural,”...more

2/4/2015 - CFPB Mortgages Proposed Amendments Regulation Z Small Credit Institutions

Third Time Is the Charm: U.S. Supreme Court Hears Argument in Disparate Impact Case

The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard oral argument in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc.—the case presenting the issue of whether disparate impact claims are...more

1/29/2015 - Age Discrimination DHCA v Inclusive Communities Project Disparate Impact FHA HUD LIHTC Oral Argument Public Housing Authorities Racial Discrimination SCOTUS

CFPB Report Explores Consumers’ Mortgage Shopping Experience

In a report released on January 13, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced that nearly half of consumers do not shop among multiple lenders before applying for a mortgage loan. Even fewer—about one of every...more

1/26/2015 - CFPB Consumer Financial Products FHFA Information Reports Mortgages RESPA TILA

CFPB finalizes amendments to TILA/RESPA integrated disclosures rule and loan originator rule

On Tuesday, January 20, the CFPB promulgated its first final rule of 2015, a series of minor amendments to the TILA/RESPA integrated disclosures (TRID) rule. The substantive changes to the TRID rule are (1) an extension of...more

1/23/2015 - CFPB Final Rules Integrated Disclosures Mortgage Lenders Mortgage Loan Originators Mortgages RESPA TILA Time Extensions

CFPB report explores consumers’ mortgage shopping experience

In a report released on January 13, 2015, the CFPB announced that nearly half of consumers do not shop among multiple lenders before applying for a mortgage loan. Even fewer—about one of every four—submit multiple...more

1/16/2015 - CFPB FHFA Information Reports Mortgage Lenders Mortgages

CFPB increases appraisal requirement exemption threshold

The CFPB, Fed, and OCC have adjusted the threshold for smaller loans that are exempt from the appraisal requirement for “higher priced mortgage loans.” The appraisal requirement became effective January 18, 2014, and the...more

12/24/2014 - Appraisal CFPB Federal Reserve Loans Mortgage Lenders Mortgages OCC Secured Lenders

CFPB issues bulletin on consideration of public assistance income in credit decisions

The CFPB has issued a new bulletin (Bulletin 2014-03) that is intended “to remind creditors” of their ECOA/Regulation B obligations with respect to consideration of public assistance income and relevant standards and...more

11/20/2014 - CFPB Creditors ECOA Regulation B

CFPB settles second loan originator compensation case

The CFPB entered into a stipulated order and final judgment with Franklin Loan Corporation (Franklin) to settle allegations that Franklin paid its employee loan originators compensation based on the interest rates charged on...more

11/17/2014 - CFPB Mortgage Loan Originators Neither Admit Nor Deny Settlements Regulation Z Settlement

Federal District Court Vacates HUD Disparate Impact Rule

In a Fair Housing Act (FHA) case we have been watching for some time, the federal district court in Washington, D.C., recently issued an opinion vacating the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD’s)...more

11/6/2014 - Administrative Procedure Act Disparate Impact FHA HUD

CFPB QM cure and other mortgage rule amendments now effective; HUD nixes CFPB cure for FHA QM rule

The CFPB’s final rule amending certain provisions of the 2013 Title XIV final mortgage rules which includes a post-consummation points and fees cure mechanism for qualified mortgage loans, became effective on Monday, November...more

11/6/2014 - CFPB FHA Final Rules HUD Qualified Mortgage Rule Regulation X RESPA TILA

CFPB posts 2015 final lists of rural and rural or underserved counties

The CFPB has posted its 2015 final lists of Rural and Rural or Underserved Counties on its website. The CFPB has previously posted lists of such counties for calendar years 2011-2014....more

10/28/2014 - CFPB Rural Development

ABA renews request for CFPB clarification on rolling mortgage delinquencies

This past July, the American Bankers Association sent a letter to the CFPB requesting several clarifications to the mortgage servicing rules. One of such clarifications concerned application of the “120-day rule,” meaning the...more

10/28/2014 - American Bankers Association Banks CFPB Delinquent Borrowers Mortgage Servicing Rules Mortgages

Federal Agencies Propose New Flood Insurance Rules

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) recently approved proposed regulations related to the mandatory escrow and detached structure requirements for loans secured by property located in special flood hazard areas....more

10/27/2014 - FDIC Flood Disaster Protection Act Flood Insurance HFIAA Insurers

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