CFPB Finalizes Additional Modifications To Certain Mortgage Rules

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On September 13, the CFPB issued final amendments to its Mortgage Servicing and Loan Originator Compensation rules. The CFPB’s press release states that the amendments (i) clarify what servicer activities are prohibited in the first 120 days of delinquency, (ii) outline procedures for obtaining follow-up information on loss mitigation applications, (iii) facilitate servicers’ offering of short-term forbearance plans, (iv) clarify best practices for informing borrowers about the address for error resolution documents, (v) facilitate lending in rural or underserve areas, (vi) clarify the restrictions on the financing of credit insurance premiums, (vii) clarify the definition of a loan originator, (viii) clarify the points and fees thresholds and loan originator compensation rules for manufactured housing employees, and (ix) revise effective dates of many loan originator compensation rule provisions to align with other mortgage rule effective dates. We are reviewing the actual final amendments and plan to provide more information and analysis in the near future. Please also see our Special Alert on these changes as proposed in June.