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HUD Releases Recertification Deadline For FHA Mortgagees

On March 26, HUD presented a webinar regarding upcoming changes to the online system used by FHA mortgagees to certify, pay annual fees, and report other information. Specifically, the Lender Electronic Assessment Portal...more

Financial Services Bulletin: Action At Federal Agencies

Federal Agencies Issue Appraisal Management Company Requirements Rule - On Monday, March 24, 2014, the Office of the Comptroller of Currency, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit...more

Disparate Impact In Fair Lending: A Theory Without A Basis And The Law Of Unintended Consequences

The disparate impact theory of discrimination allows the government or a private plaintiff to establish discrimination based solely on the outcome of a neutral policy, without having to prove any actual intent to...more

HUD Proposes To Eliminate Post-Payment Interest On FHA Loans

On March 13, HUD proposed a rule to prohibit mortgagees from charging post-payment interest under FHA’s single family mortgage insurance program. The proposal is responsive to the CFPB’s ATR/QM rule, under which post-payment...more

HUD Issues Proposal to Avoid FHA Loans From Being Prohibited Starting Next Year

On March 13, 2014, HUD published a proposal to eliminate the requirement that an FHA loan borrower be required to pay interest after the loan is prepaid. The move is needed because the requirement would effectively cause FHA...more

New Intercreditor Agreement Published For Notice

Office of Residential Care Facilities (ORCF), February 27, 2014 - New Intercreditor Agreement Published for Notice - After working with AR Lenders, FHA Lenders and other stakeholders for months (although it...more

Federal Jury Holds Radius CEO Liable for MBS Fraud

On February 6, a jury in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida found the CEO of the now-defunct Radius Capital Corp., Robert A. DiGiorgio, knowingly or recklessly made false or misleading...more

Eleventh Circuit Rules Lenders Can Demand Flood Insurance Coverage That Exceeds Loan Balance

Agreeing with the First Circuit’s recent en banc ruling in Kolbe v. BAC Home Loans Servicing LP, — F.3d —, 2013 WL 5394192 (1st Cir. Sept. 27, 2013), the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled that the...more

Eleventh Circuit Holds Lender Can Require Increased Flood Insurance Coverage

For the second time in less than five months, a U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that the FHA Model Mortgage sets a floor, not a ceiling, on the amount of flood insurance coverage a borrower must maintain. Feaz v. Wells Fargo...more

Wells Fargo Gives Subprime Borrowers Another Chance

Wells Fargo has announced that it plans to begin originating FHA-backed loans for borrowers with credit scores as low as 600. This new cut-off is 40 points below Wells Fargo’s current floor, and 20 points below what has...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - February 18, 2014

CFTC and EC Statement on Regulatory Framework - On February 12, the CFTC and the European Commission announced jointly that the two agencies have made significant progress in their collaboration on the regulatory...more

DOJ Obtains Settlement In FHA False Claims Act Case

On February 4, the DOJ announced the filing and simultaneous settlement of a complaint by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) against a mortgage lender alleged to have violated the False Claims Act...more

FHA Permits Electronic Signatures

FHA recently issued Mortgagee Letter 2014-03, which states that effective immediately, FHA will accept electronic signatures on a voluntary basis for the following documents...more

Update on disparate impact lawsuit against HUD

The settlement and Supreme Court’s dismissal of Mount Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc. has increased the potential significance of the lawsuit filed in June 2013 in federal district court in Washington,...more

Special Alert: FHA Announces It Will Accept Electronically-Signed Mortgage Documents

On January 30, HUD issued Mortgagee Letter 2014-03, announcing that FHA will now treat electronic signatures as equivalent to handwritten signatures for certain mortgage documents. The announcement sets forth FHA’s first...more

HUD Implements New Manual Underwriting Standards

On January 21, HUD issued Mortgagee Letter 2014-02, which implements new manual underwriting standards announced in December 2013. The new standards and guidance will be effective for all case numbers assigned on or after...more

HUD Replaces Delinquent Borrower Publication

On January 10, HUD issued Mortgagee Letter 14-01, which notifies mortgagees that within 30 days they must begin using a new brochure for sending notice to delinquent FHA borrowers. HUD regulations require mortgagees to send...more

HUD Delays Reverse Mortgage Requirements

On December 20, HUD announced in Mortgagee Letter 2013-45 that new requirements related to the FHA’s Home Equity Conversion Mortgage program (HECM) are tolled pending further guidance from the agency. Since announcing the new...more

NY Issues Shared Appreciation Mortgage Proposal for Underwater Borrowers

New York's Department of Financial Services (DFS) has issued proposed regulations that authorize shared appreciation mortgages (SAMs) to be made to borrowers who are "underwater" on their mortgages. Under a SAM, the mortgage...more

FHA Releases New Manual Underwriting Standards

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development released new standards for manually underwriting FHA mortgage loans. The standards are intended to provide more “definitive underwriting standards” and address...more

FFIEC Releases Final Guidance For Financial Institutions Using Social Media

The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (the “FFIEC”) has released final guidance addressing the applicability of federal consumer protection and compliance laws, regulations, and policies to activities...more

HUD Updates REO Policies

On December 6, HUD issued Mortgagee Letter 2013-44, which updates HUD’s policies on (i) the use of an FHA-insured mortgage to purchase a HUD REO property; and (ii) the use of distressed properties in determining the market...more

Five Questions to Ask Before January 10, 2014 - CFPB Focus

1. Compliance Procedures. Have you updated your written policies and procedures for each of your products or services to encompass the new rules and regulations? Once updated, have you provided copies to your employees? Have...more

HUD Decreases FHA Maximum Loan Limits

On December 6, HUD announced new loan maximum limits for FHA-insured mortgages. As detailed in Mortgagee Letter 2013-43, effective for all FHA case numbers assigned on or after January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014, the...more

Infobytes Special Alert: HUD Adopts Its Own QM Rule

On December 11, 2013, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) issued a final rule defining what constitutes a “qualified mortgage” (“QM”) for purposes of loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration...more

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