Richard J. Andreano, Jr.

Richard J. Andreano, Jr.

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Shelby Draft Regulatory Relief Bill Addresses Various Residential Mortgage Issues

On May 12, 2015 Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) released a draft of a regulatory reform bill entitled the Financial Regulatory Improvement Act of 2015. The draft bill addresses various residential mortgage lending issues, a...more

5/18/2015 - CFPB Integrated Disclosures Mortgage Lenders Mortgages Regulatory Reform RESPA TILA TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule (TRID)

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

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 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

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

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

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

CFPB finalizes amendments to mortgage rules

The CFPB has issued a final rule amending certain provisions of the 2013 Title XIV final mortgage rules. While in its press release the CFPB describes the amendments as “minor adjustments to its mortgage rules,” the final...more

10/24/2014 - CFPB Mortgage Servicing Rules Mortgages RESPA TILA Title XIV

NY Attorney General Files Redlining Lawsuit Alleging Mortgage Discrimination

The New York Attorney General filed a complaint this week in a New York federal court against a national bank headquartered in the state and its holding company alleging that the defendants violated the federal Fair Housing...more

9/5/2014 - Attorney Generals Bank Holding Company Banks Discrimination Disparate Impact DOJ FHA HMDA Mortgages Redlining

CFPB announces settlement with mortgage lender and its owner charged with “bait-and-switch” scheme

On August 12, the CFPB announced that it has issued a Consent Order under which Atlanta-based Amerisave Mortgage Corporation, its affiliate appraisal management company, Nova Appraisal Management Company, and a principal and...more

8/14/2014 - CFPB Mortgages Qualified Mortgage Rule RESPA

Fourth Circuit Limits Liability under Maryland Finder’s Fee Act

In two recent opinions, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit substantially limited the potential scope of liability under the Maryland Finder’s Fee Act. Applying the plain language of the statute, the Fourth...more

7/30/2014 - Brokers Finder's Fees Mortgages

CFPB Provides Guidance on Ability-To-Repay Rule Application to Assumptions of Residential Mortgage Loans

The CFPB recently provided guidance on the application of the Regulation Z ability-to-repay rule (Section 1026.43) to assumptions of residential mortgage loans for purposes of clarifying the application of the rule in cases...more

7/17/2014 - Ability-to-Repay Beneficiaries CFPB Mortgages Popular Regulation Z TILA

CFPB issues policy guidance on mini-correspondent structure for mortgage lenders

On July 11, 2014, the CFPB issued supervisory and enforcement guidance entitled “Policy Guidance on Supervisory and Enforcement Considerations Relevant to Mortgage Brokers Transitioning to Mini-Correspondent Lenders.” The...more

7/15/2014 - CFPB Lenders Mortgages RESPA TILA

CFPB Provides Guidance on Ability to Repay Rule Application to Assumptions of Residential Mortgage Loans

On July 8, 2014 the CFPB provided guidance on the application of the Regulation Z ability to repay rule (section 1026.43) to assumptions of residential mortgage loans for purposes of clarifying the application of the rule in...more

7/9/2014 - Beneficiaries CFPB Mortgages Regulation Z

House passes bill to modify TILA “points and fees” definition

H.R. 3211, which amends the Truth in Lending Act’s definition of “points and fees,” was passed by a voice vote in the House of Representatives on June 9, 2014. The “points and fees” definition is used to determine...more

6/13/2014 - Mortgages RESPA TILA

CFPB issues small entity compliance guide for RESPA/TILA integrated disclosure rule

The CFPB recently issued an 89-page small entity compliance guide for the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule (the “Guide”). As we reported previously, the CFPB issued the final rule in November 2013 to integrate the...more

4/3/2014 - CFPB Mortgage Loan Servicing Standards Mortgages RESPA TILA

Flood Insurance Reform Bill with Escrow Amendments Awaits President’s Signature

The U.S. House of Representatives and Senate recently passed, and the President is expected to sign into law, amendments to the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (the Act). The legislation seeks to address...more

3/19/2014 - Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act Flood Insurance Insurers Loans Mortgage Escrow Account Mortgages Premiums

HUD Issues Proposal to Avoid FHA Loans From Being Prohibited Starting Next Year

On March 13, 2014, HUD published a proposal to eliminate the requirement that an FHA loan borrower be required to pay interest after the loan is prepaid. The move is needed because the requirement would effectively cause FHA...more

3/17/2014 - CFPB FHA HUD Mortgages

CFPB supervisory report highlights exam report changes, non-public supervisory actions and mortgage servicing deficiencies

Last month, the CFPB began using new templates for its examination reports and supervisory letters (collectively, “reports’). The template changes were announced in the CFPB’s Winter 2013 Supervisory Report, which highlights...more

2/3/2014 - CFPB Compliance Enforcement Actions Investigations Mortgage Loan Servicing Standards Mortgages

CFPB issues revised mortgage servicing and origination exam procedures

The CFPB has revised its examination procedures for mortgage servicing and mortgage origination. The revisions are intended to update the CFPB’s existing examination procedures to reflect the new mortgage rules which became...more

1/14/2014 - CFPB Mortgage Loan Originators Mortgage Loan Servicing Standards Mortgages

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