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Vermont Updates Mortgage Broker Rules

The Vermont Department of Financial Regulation has adopted regulations that update the rules for the licensing and regulation of mortgage brokers. The regulation sets forth standards on..…more
| Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential

CFPB seeking approval for field study of Owning a Home project

The CFPB has published a notice stating that as part of its Owning a Home project, it plans to seek approval from the Office of Management and Budget to conduct a field study of the project. The project consists of a various…more
| Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection, Real Estate - Residential

Defense Department Proposes Expansion of Military Lending Act Regulations

The Department of Defense (DoD) has issued a proposal to revise and significantly expand the coverage of its rule implementing the Military Lending Act (MLA). The proposed revisions would limit interest charged to servicemembers…more
| Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection, Military Law

CFPB announces new Project Catalyst project

The CFPB has announced a new project as part of its Project Catalyst initiative, which the CFPB describes as ”designed to encourage consumer-friendly developments in markets for consumer financial products and services.” The new…more
| Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

District Court Issues Crucial Ruling on Pennsylvania's Recording Statute

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has held that the failure to create and record written instruments evidencing assignments of mortgages and transfers of promissory notes secured by mortgages on…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking

The future of multifamily housing bonds?

Earlier this year, President Obama included within his Administration’s budget to Congress certain tax proposals. Among those was a proposal to allow states to convert up to 8 percent of their private activity bond (PAB) volume…more
| Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential, Securities Law, Taxation

Senate passes bill exempting condo unit sales from ILSFDA registration

In May 2013, we reported that the CFPB’s amicus program scored a victory when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that the sale of a single-floor condominium unit in a multistory building was subject to the…more
| Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection, Real Estate - Residential

New York DFS Extends Emergency Subprime Calculation Rule

The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) recently extended for 90 days its emergency rule adjusting the criteria for determining when a Federal Housing Administration (FHA) mortgage loan is classified as subprime. The…more
| Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential

GAO report finds CFPB needs to improve privacy and security procedures for data collections

A new report from the Government Accountability Office on the CFPB’s data collection efforts finds that the CFPB needs to do more to reduce the risk of improper collection, use or release of such data. The CFPB’s data collection…more
| Consumer Protection, Privacy

Industry trade groups provide recommendations to CFPB on TILA-RESPA implementation

Sixteen industry trade groups, including the American Bankers Association, the Mortgage Bankers Association, and Financial Services Roundtable, have sent a letter to Director Cordray in which they requested that the CFPB provide…more
| Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection, Real Estate - Residential

LGBT-Friendly Senior Housing Planned for D.C.

This past weekend I attended an open house for Mary’s House for Older Adults, a pro bono client in northeast D.C. Mary’s House is the brainchild of Dr. Imani Woody, who plans to transform her childhood home into affordable…more
| Civil Rights, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential, Nonprofit Law

Condominium Unit Sales Exempt from Registration under ILSFDA

The sale of condominium units will no longer be subject to the registration requirements of the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act (the ILSFDA) under a bill passed by both houses of Congress. Barring a veto, the new…more
| Construction Law, Real Estate - Residential

News groups oppose opt in for CFPB’s proposed disclosure of complaint narratives

While industry continues to voice its opposition to the CFPB’s proposal to publicly disclose consumer complaint narratives, some news groups think the CFPB’s proposal doesn’t go far enough…more
| Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

HUD announces competition for new Promise Zones

Today, HUD announced the process and criteria for selecting 6 urban communities and at least 1 rural and 1 tribal community to participate in the Promise Zone initiative. The 6 urban communities will be designated by HUD, and…more
| Finance & Banking, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Indigenous Peoples, Real Estate - Residential, Taxation

D.C. Court of Appeals, Nevada Supreme Court Extinguish Lender's Mortgage Lien Following Association Lien Foreclosures

A recent decision by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals brings into renewed focus the tension between condominium/homeowner associations and lenders when it comes to payment of delinquent association assessment charges…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential
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