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Massachusetts Bankruptcy Court Confirms that Chapter 13 Debtors May “Strip Off” Second Mortgages

by PretiFlaherty on

Recently in In re Guerra, the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts joined the majority of courts in finding that United States Supreme Court’s decision in Bankof Am. v. Caulkett does not affect a chapter 13...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending April 14 & 21, 2017

by Carlton Fields on

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Attorneys’ Fees: mortgage foreclosure plaintiffs seeking attorney’s fees must support their claim with competent, substantial evidence of the number of hours worked and evidence that...more

Enforcement of Vacant and Abandoned Property Ordinances on Rise

by Barley Snyder on

Banks and other mortgage servicers are receiving notices from companies like ProChamps, which have been retained to assist municipalities with enforcement of vacant property ordinances. These enforcement actions could...more

Blog: CFPB Proposes Changes To Its Fair Lending Rule

by Cooley LLP on

Mortgage lenders should be aware of upcoming changes to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) Regulation B. The CFPB has been in the process of changing existing rules to allow for compliance with recent changes...more

Regular CFPB Service Provider Examinations Have Begun; More Service Providers to Face Examinations

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

At the program held on April 7 titled “The State of Consumer Protection Initiatives” at the American Bar Association Business Law Section Consumer Financial Services Committee 2017 Spring Meeting, Peggy Twohig, the CFPB’s...more

HUD Resolves Allegations of Discrimination Against California Lenders

by Goodwin on

?On April 19, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that it had entered an agreement with a group of California mortgage lenders to resolve allegations that they discriminated against a mortgage...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The Times gives us an intriguing long read on Uber’s Travis Kalanick, the controversial CEO whose vision has helped propel the ride-hailing company even as his no-limits approach has led the company into months of crisis....more

CFPB’s Fair Lending Report Indicates Increased Focus for 2017 on Servicing and Small Business Lending

For many of us, the mention of fair lending enforcement immediately brings us to the origination side of the industry, specifically conjuring thoughts of redlining and Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data. While these...more

CFPB proposes revisions to HMDA final rule

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On April 13, 2017, the CFPB proposed substantive changes and technical corrections to the 2015 Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) Final Rule (Final Rule) amending Regulation C. The proposal, which is discussed in more...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The City of Cincinnati is suing Harbour Portfolio Advisors—“one of the nation’s largest sellers of foreclosed homes”—for skipping out on housing code violations and for targeting buyers with “predatory and unconscionable”...more

Recent MRB Administrative Actions Highlight that Minutiae Matters to HUD

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On April 4, 2017, the Mortgagee Review Board (MRB) of the U.S. Department for Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published an entry in the Federal Register titled "Mortgagee Review Board: Administrative Actions." The entry...more

UK Proposal for Register of Foreign Beneficial Ownership of Real Estate Continues Global Trend Toward Transparency

On 5 April 2017, the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (the “Department”) issued a call for evidence (the “proposal”) for a public register (the “foreign ownership register”) which would contain...more

CFPB identifies 2017 priorities in annual fair lending report

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In its new annual report covering its fair lending activities during 2016, the CFPB identifies the following three areas on which it “will increase our focus” in 2017...more

CFPB Issues Proposed Amendments to Clarify Mortgage Data Rule

On April 13, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued proposed amendments to Regulation C (the implementing regulation for the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act), to make technical corrections and to clarify certain...more

Eleventh Circuit Accepts Spokeo Argument; Holds That Mere Procedural Violation is Not Enough to Confer Standing

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

In a victory for defendants, the Eleventh Circuit recently agreed that a mere procedural violation—the kind of injury that has become the favorite of the plaintiffs’ bar—is insufficient to confer Article III standing. More...more

Bank of America Must Pay $46 Million for Improper Foreclosure

Brian Davidoff was quoted in a Los Angeles Daily Journal article on March 28, 2017, discussing U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher M. Klein’s ruling in Sundquist v. Bank of America NA which awarded Erik and Renee Sundquist...more

CFPB Issues its Annual Fair Lending Report and Sets its 2017 Agenda

The CFPB has issued its 2016 Fair Lending Report which provides a summary of the Bureau’s efforts in fair lending for 2016. The Report also includes an indication of the Bureau’s fair lending priorities for 2017. Here are...more

Washington: Third-Party Administrators and Adjusters Can Be Liable in Bad Faith Actions

by Cozen O'Connor on

On April 11, 2017, the Division III Washington Court of Appeals, on a 2 to 1 vote, held that third party administrators and adjusters can be liable in bad faith actions under multiple legal theories. Merriman v. Am. Guar. &...more

Florida's Fourth DCA Holds Borrower is Not Entitled to Attorney’s Fees for Dismissal Based on Lack of Standing to Foreclose

by Burr & Forman on

Florida’s Fourth DCA issued an opinion on April 12, 2017 in Nationstar Mortgage LLC v. Glass, No. 4D15-4561, following suit with the Third and Fifth DCAs in denying a borrower’s motion for attorney’s fees based on a provision...more

Buyers Beware! Florida’s District Courts of Appeal Confirm that Third Party Purchasers Have Little to No Right to Participate in...

by Burr & Forman on

Third party purchaser lacks standing to participate in foreclosure proceeding, absent assertion of intention to redeem the property. After the Second District Court of Appeal issued a per curiam affirmance of the entry...more

Secretary Ben Carson Kicks Off Public Housing P3

This week, Miami-Dade County hosted Dr. Ben Carson, the Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, at the Liberty Square public-housing development, one of the oldest in the nation. The...more

Contingencies in Construction Budgets: Lenders’ and Borrowers’ Perspectives

As any builder will tell you, it is impossible to know with certainty the exact amount a project is going to cost. Variables affecting the cost run the gamut from labor and material costs to delays for unforeseen conditions,...more

The Framers did not rest our liberties on “bureaucratic minutiae,” PHH argues

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

PHH filed its reply brief with the D.C. Circuit on April 10 in the en banc rehearing of the PHH case. We have blogged extensively about the case since its inception. Central to the case is whether the CFPB’s...more

What is the Effect of an Untimely Challenge to the Timeliness of a Trustee’s Sale?

by Snell & Wilmer on

Ever wonder what happens if a person challenges the timeliness of a trustee’s sale after the sale already occurred? Waiver of the argument of course! And, in the case of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. Waltner, the affirmance of...more

Public Register of Overseas Companies – Now You See Me…

by Reed Smith on

If you are an investor currently using overseas entities to hold UK property you should be aware that the UK Government is putting together proposals for greater transparency of the beneficial owners of UK properties owned by...more

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