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Federal Circuit Decision Settles GAO/COFC Split on Agency’s Use of Cooperative Agreements

In March, the Federal Circuit settled a split between the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) and the Court of Federal Claims that focused on the gray area between cooperative agreements and procurement contracts. Siding...more

Federal Regulators Propose Framework for State Supervision of Appraisal Management Companies

On March 24, the Federal Reserve Board, the OCC, the FDIC, the CFPB, the FHFA, and the NCUA proposed a rule to implement the Dodd-Frank Act’s minimum requirements for registration and supervision of Appraisal Management...more

Right of First Refusal for Sale of Multifamily Housing Projects

Prince George's County has enacted legislation that grants a right of first refusal to the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) prior to the sale of a multifamily rental facility. The bill was signed by the...more

Federal District Court Invalidates Application Of HUD Regulation Requiring Full Payment Of Reverse Mortgage From Surviving Spouses

On September 30, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia held that a HUD regulation defining conditions under which it would insure a reverse mortgage agreement, which would have made it easier for lenders to...more

Is the State Holding Your Association’s Money?

Like many other states, Connecticut has appointed itself as the official “lost and found” for all money abandoned within the state’s borders. We’re not talking about coins dropped on a sidewalk. Abandoned money can include...more

Judge Invalidates California Regulation on Estimating Replacement Costs for Homeowners Insurance

On March 25, 2013, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Gregory Alarcon issued a decision which found the California Department of Insurance’s regulation on estimating replacement costs for homeowners insurance to be invalid. The...more

InfoBytes Special Alert: Detailed Analysis Of CFPB's Final Escrow Rule

On January 10, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued its final rule on escrow account requirements for first-lien higher-priced mortgage loans. The rule amends existing escrow requirements and exemptions for...more

California County Drops Consideration Of Eminent Domain Proposal

On January 24, a Joint Powers Authority established by San Bernardino County decided not to pursue a proposal under which the County would use eminent domain power to seize underwater mortgages from private trusts and provide...more

San Bernardino Not Moving Forward with Proposed Plan to Condemn Underwater Mortgages

For the better part of a year, we've been writing about the controversial proposal to use the power of eminent domain to condemn underwater mortgages, allowing homeowners to have a new loan that better reflects the underlying...more

CFPB Issues Final Rules Amending Regulation X and Regulation Z

Today, the CFPB issued final rules amending Regulation X (Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (“RESPA”)) and Regulation Z (Truth in Lending Act (“TILA”)). The amendments focus on mortgage servicing requirements and servicer...more

CFPB Issues Final Mortgage Servicing Rules

The CFPB today issued its final rules implementing provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act that relate to mortgage servicing, which will take effect on January 10, 2014....more

Financial Services Bulletin: Action At The CFPB

On Thursday, January 10, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ("CFPB") issued a final rule amending Regulation Z pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the "Dodd-Frank Act"). ...more

Is the Fed's Settlement with Mortgage Servicers Good for the Market?

On January 7, 2013, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the U.S. Federal Reserve Board announced an $8.5 Billion settlement with 10 of the nation's top residential loan servicers ending independent...more

Fannie Mae Clarifies Foreclosure Sheriff’s Costs Reimbursement Process

On January 9, Fannie Mae issued a Servicing Notice regarding claims for reimbursement of foreclosure sheriff’s costs. Noting that some states require that the sheriff’s office perform some or all of the tasks associated with...more

Massachusetts Division Of Banks Proposes Foreclosure Regulation Amendments

On January 7, the Massachusetts Division of Banks announced a public hearing to review proposed amendments to the state’s foreclosure and mortgage modification regulations. The proposed amendments would implement a recently...more

Time for a Consumer Financial Protection Compliance Tune-up

New Year’s is a good time for a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) compliance tune-up. Providers of consumer financial products and services (“providers”) operate in a dynamic environment influenced by challenges...more

U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Issues Rules on Qualified Mortgages and Ability to Repay

Congress in the Dodd-Frank Act responded to concerns about the quality of mortgage loans by establishing incentives for lenders to seek to ensure that borrowers had the ability to repay mortgage loans made to them. In...more

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Finalizes the Ability-To-Repay and Qualified Mortgage Rule

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank) amended the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) to provide for an expanded ability-to-repay requirement for the mortgage lending industry. The Consumer...more

Ohio Creates Temporary Loan Originator License

Last month, Ohio enacted a bill, S.B. 333, to allow the Division of Financial Institutions to offer a transitional loan originator license to assist an originator licensed by another state to transition to employment with an...more

Final Rule Issued on Ability-to-Repay/Qualified Mortgages

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued its final ability to repay rule (Rule) on January 10, 2013. The Rule implements ability-to-repay provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act, which imposed strict underwriting...more

CFPB Finalizes Ability-to-Repay Rule for Mortgage Lenders, Defines “Qualified Mortgage” and Proposes Exemption to Ability-to-Repay...

On Thursday, January 10, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its final rule on the ability-to-repay requirements, including the definition of “Qualified Mortgage,” that was mandated by the...more

Federal Reserve Announces Another Major Cash Settlement with Mortgage Servicers: $8.5 Billion to be Paid in Cash, Used to Help...

In a joint press release issued by the Federal Reserve and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, news this past week is that 10 mortgage servicers around the country have entered into a settlement agreement with the...more

HUD Obtains First Settlement Under Rule Requiring Sexual Orientation And Gender Identity Equal Access

On January 2, HUD announced that a lender agreed to settle a claim that it refused to provide FHA financing to a lesbian couple. HUD noted that the agreement is the first enforcement action taken under a rule finalized in...more

CFPB Increases HMDA Asset Size Exemption Threshold

On December 31, the CFPB published a final rule to amend the official commentary that interprets the requirements of Regulation C, which implements the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA), to increase the asset-size exemption...more

California Corrects Homeowner Bill Of Rights Summary

On January 1, the California Department of Corporations reissued Release No. 65-FS regarding implementation of key parts of the Homeowner Bill of Rights that established new foreclosure requirements. ...more

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