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Maryland High Court Limits Liability of Assignee Lenders under State's Secondary Mortgage Loan Law

In a recent ruling, the Maryland Court of Appeals substantially limited claims of second mortgage loan borrowers under the state's Secondary Mortgage Loan Law (SMLL), holding that an assignee of a second mortgage is not...more

Nevada Supreme Court Determines That Guarantor Cannot Waive Right to Receive a Notice of Default, but Substantial Compliance With...

Schleining v. Cap One, Inc., 130 Nev. Adv. Op. 36 (May 29, 2014), arises out of a loan to purchase an undeveloped piece of property, which was guaranteed by the principal of the borrower. After the borrower defaulted, the...more

Borrowers Can Avoid Liability Even After a Trustee’s Sale

Since a lender must have a valid debt and valid lien to conduct a trustee’s sale, a borrower that allows the foreclosure sale to occur impliedly agrees that the debt and lien are valid. In Madison v. Groseth and BT Capital,...more

Fannie Mae Updates Delinquency Management, Default Prevention Policies

On May 16, Fannie Mae announced through Servicing Guide Announcement SVC-2014-07, that for a borrower who submits a complete Borrower Response Package (BRP) or incomplete documentation 37 days or less prior to a foreclosure...more

Heard at the Country Music Hall of Fame: CFPB Director Performs in Nashville

Among the displays offering tribute to Reba and The Man in Black, Richard Cordray and some of his fans at the CFPB held a public hearing at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville on March 25, 2014. Rather than the...more

Summary Of HUD’s LEAN 232 Program E-Mail Blast: Office Of Residential Care Facilities (ORCF), May 2014

In an effort to summarize the highlights of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) LEAN E-mail Blasts that we receive, and rarely have time to review in a timely fashion, we at Pepper are providing this...more

Minnesota Supreme Court Recognizes New Private Right Of Action Against Residential Mortgage Loan Servicers

On April 2, 2014, the Minnesota Supreme Court in Gretsch v. Vantium Capital, Inc. recognized a new private right of action against residential mortgage loan servicers who breach their servicer participation agreements with...more

Lending Focus: Insurance Proceeds & Casualty Events

Rebuilding After a Casualty. Recent events such as Hurricane Sandy confirm that commercial properties can incur substantial damage and that insurance claims will follow. When the property is encumbered by a mortgage,...more

Commercial Mortgage Options Expanding – Borrowers to Benefit?

Anyone working in the commercial real estate mortgage industry in the past five or six years is eager for signs of a sustained recovery. Having just returned from the Mortgage Bankers Association Commercial Real Estate...more

Arizona Court of Appeals Holds That Certain Residential Developers Are Not Protected By The Anti-Deficiency Statute After...

Nearly three years ago, in M&I Marshall & Isley Bank v. Mueller, the Arizona Court of Appeals held that the Arizona anti-deficiency statute protects a borrower who started, but never completed, construction of a single-family...more

Northern District Of California Decision Highlights Growing Divide Within Ninth Circuit Over HOLA Preemption

On January 14, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California held that the federal Home Owners’ Loan Act (HOLA) preempts all of a borrower’s state law claims related to a loan originated by a thrift but held...more

Alabama Federal Court Ruling May Enable Borrowers with Tenants To Challenge Foreclosures

A recent decision from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama may provide borrowers who rent portions of their property to tenants with an avenue for challenging a foreclosure. The court's analysis...more

Mortgage buyer’s thin paper trail sufficient to avoid summary judgment in borrowers’ favor

Disastrous results can befall a financial institution that buys a mortgage loan but does not obtain or keep adequate documentation related to the purchase. Yet over the past several years, many mortgages have exchanged hands...more

CFPB’s fact vs. fiction guide: useful information for consumers or defense planning?

With the January 10 effective date imminent, the CFPB has issued what it labels a “fact vs. fiction guide” on its ability-to-repay/qualified mortgage rule. According to the CFPB, the guide is intended “to help dispel some of...more

CFPB and State Regulators Take Enforcement Action for Alleged UDAAP Violations

The CFPB announced an enforcement action against a nonbank mortgage lender and its mortgage servicer alleging the companies engaged in unfair, deceptive and abusive acts or practices in violation of the Consumer Financial...more

FHFA Increases Guarantee Fees

On December 9, the FHFA directed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to raise guarantee fees (g-fees). Under the directive, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will increase the base g-fee (or ongoing g-fee) for all mortgages by 10 basis...more

Massachusetts Amends Debt Collector and Third-Party Loan Servicer Regulations

The Massachusetts Division of Banks recently amended 209 CMR 18, "Conduct of the Business of Debt Collectors and Loan Servicers." The final amended regulations clarify and establish new standards of conduct for debt...more

New California Court of Appeal Decision Reaffirms General Rule that Residential Lenders Owe no Duty to Borrowers, Including in the...

In a recent decision, Lueras v. BAC Home Loans Servicing, LP, 2013 Cal. App. LEXIS 886, the California Court of Appeal returned to the general rule that, absent unique circumstances giving rise to a duty of care, lenders do...more

Sixth Circuit Holds Servicer Not Liable For Violations of Truth in Lending Act

The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit affirmed in part and reversed in part a district court’s dismissal of two claims—one under the Truth in Lending Act, the other under the Real Estate Settlement...more

CFPB Amends Examination Procedures to Incorporate Amendments to Mortgage Rules

The CFPB issued updates to its examination procedures for the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act and the Truth in Lending Act to reflect recent amendments to Regulation X and Z, the implementing regulations. For example,...more

Recording Of Mortgage Necessary For Qualified Residence Interest Deduction

Two individuals borrowed money from the mother of one of them. A mortgage was prepared to secure the debt, but it was not recorded in the public records....more

Litigation Exposure Under The 2013 Dodd-Frank Mortgage Servicing Regulations

In This Issue: - Introduction - Potential Litigation Exposure Under the New Mortgage Servicing Regulations Governing Responses to Borrower Inquiries ..Which of the New Servicing Regulations Governing Responses...more

HUD Updates Foreclosure Procedures, Pre-Foreclosure Borrower Communication Policies

On October 28, HUD issued two mortgagee letters related to the servicing of certain FHA-insured loans. Mortgagee Letter 2013-38 provides a list of the first legal actions necessary to initiate a foreclosure and the reasonable...more

The Demise of Deficiency Judgments in Residential Loans

Among the many changes in the financial services industry, two important events occurred this year that effectively signaled the extinction of deficiency judgments in loans secured by residential property. ...more

Senate Banking Committee Continues Examination of Housing Finance Reform

Yesterday, the Senate Banking Committee continued its examination of housing finance reform with a hearing entitled “Essentials of a Functioning Housing Finance System for Consumers.” The witnesses were: Mr. Eric Stein,...more

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