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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

House passes regulatory reform bills

Earlier this week, the House of Representatives, in bi-partisan votes, passed the following regulatory reform bills: The “Eliminate Privacy Notice Confusion Act, H.R. 601, would create an exemption from the Gramm-Leach-Bliley...more

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

The 2014 Election: A Critical Juncture in Financial Services Legislation, Regulation, and Oversight

As November draws closer, the financial services industry is staking out a front row seat in tracking the outcomes of the 2014 midterm elections. The 114th Congress’ legislative agenda in this area will be shaped in large...more

New exemption under ILSA for condo units: relief for developers, key points to note

President Barack Obama has signed into law an amendment to the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act of 1968 (ILSA). The new law, signed by the President on September 30, expands registration exemptions under ILSA...more

Cordray's House Testimony Signals Areas of CFPB Focus

On June 18, 2014, CFPB Director Richard Cordray appeared before the House Financial Services Committee to testify about his agency's fifth Semi-Annual Report. As in past hearings, Cordray and House Republicans clashed over...more

CFPB to issue whitepaper on methodology for identifying auto finance discrimination and consider use of advisory opinions

While Director Cordray’s appearance at the House Financial Services Committee’s hearing on the CFPB’s fifth Semi-Annual Report yesterday was accompanied by the usual dose of political theater, his testimony did yield the...more

Director Cordray testifies before Senate committee

Yesterday, the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs heard testimony from Director Cordray at its hearing titled “The Consumer Financial Bureau’s Semi-Annual Report to Congress.” Noteworthy aspects of...more

House Financial Services Committee Approves Several Mortgage Bills

On May 22, the House Financial Services Committee resumed activity on a series of bills—several of which are mortgage-related—that it considered earlier this month but for which it had postponed recorded votes. The committee...more

HUD To Insure Reverse Mortgages Protecting Non-Borrowing Spouses; Senators Seek Protections For Surviving Heirs

On April 25, HUD issued Mortgagee Letter 2014-07, which states that effective August 4, 2014, HUD will apply an alternative interpretation of Subsection 255(j) of the National Housing Act, which HUD has interpreted to limit...more

CFPB Releases Second Fair Lending Report

The CFPB released its second Fair Lending Report to Congress last week, summarizing the Bureau’s fair lending actions in the last year and a half. The Report highlighted the Bureau’s creation and implementation of a...more

Congressman Cummings Returns To Scrutiny Of Independent Foreclosure Reviews

On April 24, House Oversight Committee Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) expressed renewed interest in the termination of the Independent Foreclosure Review (IFR). In a letter to Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa...more

Congresswoman Urges OCC to Scrutinize Mortgage Servicing Rights Sales to Nonbank Servicers

Congresswoman Maxine Waters, who serves as the ranking member on the House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services, sent a letter to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Office of Mortgage...more

CFPB Director Defends Mortgage Rules, Discusses Plans In Other Markets

On January 28, the House Financial Services Committee held a lengthy hearing with CFPB Director Richard Cordray in connection with the CFPB’s November 2013 Semi-Annual Report to Congress, which covers the period April 1, 2013...more

House Financial Services Subcommittee Holds Hearing on How QM Harms Homeowners

On January 14, 2014, the House Subcommittee on Financial Services held a hearing entitled “How Prospective and Current Homeowners Will Be Harmed by the CFPB’s Qualified Mortgage Rule.” Four lender representatives and one...more

House Financial Services Committee to hold hearing on QM rule

The House Financial Services Committee has announced that on Tuesday, January 14, it will hold a hearing entitled “How Prospective and Current Homeowners Will Be Harmed by the CFPB’s Qualified Mortgage Rule.”...more

U.S. House of Representatives Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Examines Disparate Impact Theory in Fair Housing and...

On November 19, 2013, the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services conducted a hearing titled "A General Overview of Disparate Impact Theory." Under the...more

CFPB Director Testifies Before Senate Banking Committee

On November 12, CFPB Director Richard Cordray testified before the Senate Banking Committee in connection with the CFPB’s recent Semi-Annual Report to Congress, which covered the period April 1, 2013 through September 30,...more

Cordray reaffirms CFPB regulatory approach

As a follow-up to our recent post on Director Cordray’s plans on whether to pursue political office, we offer the highlights below from last week’s Politico Morning Money Breakfast Briefing. During the event, Politico Chief...more

Financial Services Legislative and Regulatory Update -- November 4, 2013

In This Issue: Leading the Past Week; Legislative Branch; Executive Branch; Miscellaneous; and Upcoming Hearings. Excerpt from Leading the Past Week - For the first week since Labor Day, it felt like...more

Financial Services Legislative and Regulatory Update -- October 14, 2013

In This Issue: Leading the Past Week; Legislative Branch; and Executive Branch. Excerpt from Leading the Past Week - If Congress is acting like children, as some have opined, then last week had all the roller...more

Financial Services Legislative and Regulatory Update -- September 30, 2013

In This Issue: Leading the Past Week; Legislative Branch; Executive Branch; Miscellaneous; and Upcoming Hearings. Excerpt from Leading the Past Week - Working through a rare weekend session, the Congress...more

Director Cordray comments on effective date of mortgage rules, prepaid card rule and new Deputy Director

CFPB Director Richard Cordray was among the federal financial regulators who attended a closed door meeting yesterday with President Obama. Other regulators attending the meeting included the Chairs of the Fed, FDIC and SEC....more

Impasse on CFPB Director Resolved

One of the most unsettled issues facing mortgage servicers and lenders has been the uncertainty regarding the host of new regulatory rules regarding loan servicing and origination set to go into effect on January 10, 2014....more

Financial Services Legislative and Regulatory Update -- July 11‚ 2013

In This Issue: Leading the Past Week; Legislative Branch; Executive Branch; and International. Excerpt from Leading the Past Week - Clearly the leading news last week was the Supreme Court’s decision...more

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