On January 10, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued its final rule on escrow account requirements for first-lien higher-priced mortgage loans. The rule amends existing escrow requirements and exemptions for such loans by, among other things, extending the required period of time during which escrow accounts must be maintained from one to five years, and creating a new exemption for small creditors that operate predominantly in rural or underserved areas. This Alert provides a detailed summary and analysis of the rule, which becomes effective June 1, 2013 and applies to loans for which creditors receive applications on or after this date.

The Rule applies to “higher-priced mortgage loans” (“HPMLs”), which are defined in the Rule as closed-end consumer credit transactions secured by the consumer’s principal dwelling with an annual percentage rate that exceeds the average prime offer rate for a comparable transaction as of the date the interest rate is set...

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