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CFPB To Hold Forum On Mortgage Closing Process

The CFPB announced today that it will hold a forum on the mortgage closing process. The event will take place at the CFPB’s headquarters in Washington, DC at 1:30 p.m. on April 23, 2014. It will be open to members of the...more

CFPB and FTC Representatives Speak at Symposium on Fine Print

CFPB General Counsel Meredith Fuchs and CFPB Assistant General Counsel for Law and Policy Anne Zorc spoke last week at the Georgetown Consumer Law Society and Citizen Works’ symposium entitled “Making the Fine Print Fair.”...more

Massachusetts Division of Banks Proposes Amendments to “Borrower’s Interest” Regulations

The Massachusetts Division of Banks proposed amendments to current regulations that would create a safe harbor from regulations that impose restrictions on refinancing home loans for qualified mortgage loans. The regulation...more

Federal Regulators Issue Proposal on Minimum Requirements for Appraisal Management Companies

Collectively, the FDIC, the OCC, FRB, CFPB, NCUA and FHFA issued a proposed rule establishing the minimum requirements for mortgage appraisal management companies. An appraisal management company is generally an entity that...more

CFPB issues second annual complaints report

In issuing its Consumer Response Annual Report analyzing complaints handled in 2013, the CFPB’s headline was that volume nearly doubled from 91,000 complaints received in 2012 to 163,700 complaints received in 2013. ...more

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

New York Financial Services Regulator Urges More Enforcement Against Individuals, Reaffirms Focus On Nonbank Mortgage Servicers

On March 19, New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky called on banking regulators to assess whether they are doing enough, particularly with regard to enforcement, to deter or...more

Dodd-Frank News - March 2014: Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform And Consumer Protection Act Update

In This Issue: - Recent Cases January Through March 2014 ..Dodd-Frank Amendments to RESPA ..Dodd-Frank Prohibition on Arbitration Clauses ..Whistleblower Protection Under Dodd-Frank - News &...more

Banks Complete National Mortgage Settlement Consumer Relief Obligations

On March 18, the National Mortgage Settlement (NMS) Monitor Joseph Smith Jr., announced that four banks subject to the NMS satisfied the consumer relief and refinancing obligations established by the agreement. The monitor...more

HUD Guidance Addresses Housing Choice Voucher Funding Shortfalls, Tenant Protection Vouchers

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently issued guidance for implementing its fiscal year (FY) 2014 budget for Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV), including requirements for obtaining additional HCV...more

HUD Proposes To Eliminate Post-Payment Interest On FHA Loans

On March 13, HUD proposed a rule to prohibit mortgagees from charging post-payment interest under FHA’s single family mortgage insurance program. The proposal is responsive to the CFPB’s ATR/QM rule, under which post-payment...more

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Publish Uniform Closing Dataset Mapping Document

On March 11, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac published the Uniform Closing Dataset’s (UCD) MISMO-mapping document, Appendix B: Closing Disclosure Mapping to the MISMO v3.3 Reference Model, which provides a common dataset to...more

CFPB Continues Grassroots Methods to Obtain Complaints from Borrowers

In mid-January of this year, Richard Cordray addressed mayors from around the country and explained the many ways that the CFPB is making it easier for disgruntled borrowers to lodge consumer complaints through the CFPB. At...more

Can You Keep Up? Emergence of CFPB and Significant Developments Transform Consumer Finance Landscape

In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, Congress passed significant financial system reform legislation, the Dodd-Frank Act, which created a new regulator of financial institutions, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau...more

The CFPB and House Republicans Remain at Odds Over Consumer Finance Regulation

On January 28, 2014, CFPB Director Richard Cordray appeared before the House Financial Services Committee to testify about his agency's fourth Semi-Annual Report. Cordray's written testimony and opening remarks at the hearing...more

Fidelity Mortgage Consent Order Sends Strong Message the CFPB Will Enforce Laws, No Matter Size of Violator

On January 16, 2014, the CFPB issued a Consent Order resolving a claim that Fidelity Mortgage Corporation (Fidelity), a mortgage lender, and its president, Mark Figert, violated RESPA Section 8 by paying illegal kickbacks to...more

Virginia Enacts Banking, Consumer Finance Bills

Over the past week, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed several bills impacting banks and certain consumer finance providers. The first bill, HB 358 repealed a state law that that barred out-of-state banks from opening...more

CFPB considering action on zombie foreclosures

According to a Reuters report, a CFPB official, speaking at a Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland conference last week, stated that the CFPB is beginning to take a close look at abandoned properties and “zombie” foreclosures....more

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

CFPB Publishes Source Code for HUD-Approved Housing Counselors

In November 2013, the CFPB published a tool to help consumers find local HUD-approved housing counselors. Now, the CFPB has published open source code to allow lenders to integrate the web-based tool into lender applications...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 Takes Enforcement Action Against Mortgage Lender for Alleged RESPA Violations

The CFPB announced it has entered into a consent order with a mortgage lender, engaged primarily in loss-mitigation refinancing, for violations of Section 8 of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act. Section 8 of RESPA...more

We’ve Only Just Begun - Lessons From the CFPB’s First 35 Enforcement Cases

Few agencies have generated as much controversy as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The brainchild of Senator Elizabeth Warren when she was still a professor and the product of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and...more

FDIC Releases Interagency Mortgage Examination Procedures

On February 25, the FDIC issued FIL-9-2014 to notify supervised institutions of new consumer compliance examination procedures for the mortgage rules issued pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Act, that took effect nearly two months...more

Fannie Mae Updates Servicing Policies

On February 26, Fannie Mae issued Servicing Guide Announcement SVC-2014-04, which states that a servicer must retain in the mortgage loan servicing file all supporting documentation for all expense reimbursement claims, in...more

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