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FHFA Finalizes House Price Index Measure for Conforming Loan Limits for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

On October 19, 2015, the Federal Housing Finance Agency issued a Final Notice indicating that it will continue to use “expanded-data” House Price Index when establishing Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae’s maximum conforming loan...more

IRS Limits Ability of REITs to Obtain Private Letter Rulings on Tax-Free Spin-Off Transactions

In the recently released Revenue Procedure 2015-43, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) announced that it no longer will issue private letter rulings with respect to certain tax-free spin-offs where, immediately after the...more

HUD, FDIC, and U.S. Attorney File Suit Against Mortgage Lending Companies

On September 28, HUD, the FDIC, and the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York filed suit against a non-profit housing counseling corporation and certain mortgage lenders for allegedly running a scheme to defraud...more

Is it the End of the Story for Redevelopment in California?

Long, long ago (in 2012 to be exact) in a land not so far away (also known as California), legislation which allowed local governments to establish redevelopment agencies tasked with eliminating blight through the...more

Upper Tribunal Finds That Individual Lacked Integrity Due To Recklessness

In this case report, we consider the decision of the Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery Chamber) in Ghanshyam Batra v Financial Conduct Authority [2014] UKUT 214 (TCC), in which the Upper Tribunal upheld the FCA's decision to...more

MERS: Better Than a Faster Horse

MERSCORP, Inc. (“MERS”) has been under fire for years. We wrote about it a while back when residential mortgage borrowers challenged the ability of MERS to foreclose on mortgages it held on the theory that MERS, as a mere...more

PHH Fine on Hold, Says D.C. Circuit

On August 3, 2015, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals entered an order staying Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray’s June 4, 2015, order imposing injunctive relief and disgorgement of over $109...more

ABA seeks supervisory and enforcement standards consistent with Inclusive Communities

The American Bankers Association has sent a letter to the DOJ, Fed, OCC, FDIC, HUD and CFPB requesting confirmation “in interagency guidance, updated exam procedures, and where appropriate amended regulations that the...more

CFPB officially moves TRID effective date to October 3

The CFPB has issued a final rule postponing the effective date for all provisions of the TILA-RESPA Final Rule and Amendments to October 3, 2015. The final rule also includes certain technical amendments to reflect the new...more

OCC Identifies Safety and Soundness Risks to National Banks and Federal Savings Associations and Supervisory Priorities

A new report issued by the federal Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) identifies top safety and soundness risks to national banks and federal savings associations, as well as OCC supervisory priorities for the...more

CFPB Enforces RESPA in its First Appellate Decision of the Director

In the first appeal of an administrative enforcement proceeding before the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“Bureau”), the administrative law judge (ALJ) concluded that PHH Corporation, a mortgage lender, referred...more

CFPB Issues Final Decision in In Re: PHH Corp.: First Agency Decision in Contested Administrative Proceeding

Earlier this month, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued the Director’s final decision in the CFPB’s enforcement action against PHH Corp. (PPH). The decision is the agency’s first ruling in a contested...more

CFPB and Florida AG Obtain Judgment Against Law Group and Corporate Affiliates for “Mass-Joinder” Foreclosure Relief Scam

On May 29, a final order was entered against a law group and its corporate affiliates in an action brought by the CFPB and the State of Florida. The July 2014 complaint alleged that the law group and its affiliates violated...more

CFPB takes aim (again) at loan originator compensation

Two days after announcing a proposed consent order with a mortgage company and its CEO to settle charges that the company paid bonuses and higher commissions to loan officers in violation of the Regulation Z loan originator...more

CFPB Orders Mortgage Originator to Pay $19 Million for Steering Violations – CEO to Pay $1 Million

The CFPB filed a complaint in federal district court against RPM Mortgage, Inc. and its CEO, Erwin Robert Hirt, for illegally paying bonuses and higher commissions to loan originators to incentivize them to steer consumers...more

CFPB settles loan originator compensation case

The CFPB has entered into a proposed consent order with a mortgage company and its CEO to settle charges that the company paid bonuses and higher commissions to loan officers in violation of the Regulation Z loan originator...more

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to Issue New Seller/Servicer Eligibility Requirements

On May 20, the FHFA announced that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are issuing new finalized operational and financial eligibility requirements for mortgage seller/servicers. The updated requirements will be communicated through...more

NYDFS Superintendent Lawsky Delivers Remarks on Reforming New York Foreclosure Process

On May 19, NYDFS Superintendent Lawsky delivered remarks at the Mortgage Bankers Association’s National Secondary Market Conference & Expo regarding New York’s “broken judicial foreclosure process.” Noting that the state’s...more

CFPB Enforcement Action Appeals: Quick Resolution with Unchecked Discretion

On March 9, 2015, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray presided over oral argument in the first appeal hearing of an administrative enforcement action. The appeal involves two companies that...more

FDIC Hosts Teleconference on CFPB Mortgage Rules

On May 21, the FDIC’s Division of Depositor and Consumer Protection is scheduled to host a teleconference that will focus on the implementation of the new mortgage rules issued by the CFPB in 2013. According to the FDIC,...more

OCC Updates Consumer Compliance Examination Manual To Incorporate Integrated Disclosures

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency has released revised TILA and RESPA chapters of its examination manual for consumer compliance exams. The revised chapters incorporate the detailed procedural and substantive...more

National Non-Profit Fair Housing Organization Files Complaint Against Fannie Mae Alleging Racial Discrimination

On May 12, 2015, the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) and 19 local fair housing organizations (collectively, the “Complainants”) filed a fair housing discrimination complaint with the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban...more

FHFA Extends Fannie and Freddie’s Participation in HAMP and HARP

On May 8, FHFA Director Mel Watt spoke at the 22nd Annual Economic Summit, focusing on the agency’s conservatorship activities with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (GSEs). Most significantly, Director Watt announced that the...more

Is the SEC a Toothless Watch Dog?

SEC enforcement actions are supposed to halt violations, protect investors and the markets, act as a deterrent and prevent a future repetition of wrongful conduct. To facilitate those goals settlements typically incorporate...more

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

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