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Federal, State Authorities Announce Substantial Mortgage Settlement

On June 17 the DOJ, the CFPB, HUD, and 49 state attorneys general and the District of Columbia’s attorney general announced a $968 million consent judgment with a large mortgage company to resolve numerous federal and state...more

SunTrust Settles with DOJ for US$968 Million

On June 17, the United States Department of Justice announced a US$968 million settlement with SunTrust Mortgage Inc. Other parties to the settlement are the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Consumer Financial...more

Latest CFPB RESPA Enforcement Action Targets Employee Referrals

Last week, the CFPB announced its latest RESPA enforcement action, adding to one of the CFPB’s most active areas of enforcement. In this case, the CFPB required a New Jersey title company to pay $30,000 for allegedly paying...more

HUD Proposes Amendments To FHA ARM Regulations

On May 8, HUD proposed a rule to amend the FHA’s single family adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) program regulations to align those regulations with the interest rate adjustment and notification periods required for ARMs under...more

Special Alert: CFPB Supports Mortgage eClosings And Announces Pilot Program

On April 23, in conjunction with its “Know Before You Owe” initiative, the CFPB hosted a mortgage closing process forum, which featured remarks from Richard Cordray, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, consumer advocates, and...more

Dodd-Frank News - March 2014: Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform And Consumer Protection Act Update

In This Issue: - Recent Cases January Through March 2014 ..Dodd-Frank Amendments to RESPA ..Dodd-Frank Prohibition on Arbitration Clauses ..Whistleblower Protection Under Dodd-Frank - News &...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

CFPB Publishes Source Code for HUD-Approved Housing Counselors

In November 2013, the CFPB published a tool to help consumers find local HUD-approved housing counselors. Now, the CFPB has published open source code to allow lenders to integrate the web-based tool into lender applications...more

CFPB settles RESPA referral fee charges against mortgage lender based on rent payments

The CFPB has announced that it has issued a Consent Order to settle charges that a mortgage lender and its principal violated RESPA Section 8 by paying illegal kickbacks to a bank in exchange for mortgage loan referrals....more

CFPB revises three mortgage publications

The CFPB has issued a notice announcing that it has made revisions to the following three mortgage-related consumer publications: “What You Should Know About Home Equity Lines of Credit,” “Consumer Handbook on...more

Editorial: Who’s The Fairest Lender Of Them All? As Government Scrutiny Intensifies, Don’t Get Snowed Under By Fair-Lending Laws

In the past few years, the federal government has devoted substantial resources to scrutinizing and litigating what it perceives to be unfair, deceptive or abusive mortgage-lending practices. Looking forward, all indications...more

Federal Regulators Amend Appraisal Requirements for Higher-Priced Mortgages

Collectively, the FDIC, the OCC, FRB, CFPB, NCUA, FHFA and HUD finalized the rule governing appraisal requirements for higher-priced mortgage loans. In August 2013, the federal regulators issued a proposal to amend Regulation...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

The Wait is Over. The Anxiety Begins. The CFPB Issues its Final Rule to Combine RESPA and TILA Mortgage Disclosures

Well, the wait is over. After 16 months and much anticipation, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “CFPB” or “Bureau”) released a 1,888-page final rule on November 20, 2013 to combine mortgage disclosures required...more

CFPB Publishes Final Rules on Dodd-Frank Requirements for Homeownership Counseling

On November 14, the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (the “Bureau”) published final rules in the Federal Register interpreting the homeownership counseling amendments to its Regulation Z (Truth in Lending) and...more

Infobytes Special Alert: CFPB Finalizes Rule Combining TILA And RESPA Mortgage Disclosures

On November 20, 2013, the CFPB finalized its long-awaited rule combining the mortgage disclosures consumers receive under the Truth in Lending Act (“TILA”) and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (“RESPA”). For more...more

CFPB Issues Interpretive Rule Regarding Homeownership Counseling Organizations Lists

On November 8, the CFPB issued an interpretive rule setting forth instructions for lenders on how to comply with the homeownership counseling list requirements set forth in the High-Cost Mortgage and Homeownership Counseling...more

Bill Would Exempt Condominiums from Certain ILSFDA Requirements

On September 26, 2013, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2600, which would exempt the sale and lease of condominium units from certain requirements of the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act (ILSFDA). The...more

CFPB Issues Interpretative Rule and A Guidance Bulletin on HOEPA Homeownership Counseling Lists

The CFPB issued an interpretive rule describing the data instructions for lenders to use in complying with HOEPA. The HOEPA rules require, among other things, that lenders provide applicants with a list of HUD-approved...more

Tentative settlement reportedly reached in Mount Holly

It is looking like our prediction that Township of Mount Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc. would settle before the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument was accurate. Late yesterday, the Wall Street Journal...more

CFPB Files Complaint Alleging Violations of RESPA

Based on an investigation by HUD beginning more than two years ago, the CFPB filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky against a law firm that provides settlement services...more

Special Alert: Agencies Issue Joint Statement On Fair Lending Compliance And The CFPB’s ATR/QM Rule

On October 22, the CFPB, the OCC, the FDIC, the Federal Reserve Board, and the NCUA (collectively, the Agencies) issued a joint statement (Interagency Statement) in response to inquiries from creditors concerning their...more

HUD Proposes Definition of Qualified Mortgage

Largely piggybacking off of the CFPB’s definition of qualified mortgage finalized in January 2013, HUD issued a proposed rule defining qualified mortgages. The rule requires a loan to have regular periodic payments (i.e., no...more

HUD Issues QM Proposal for Comment: There is a “There” There

This week, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) weighed in on its proposed version of a Federal Housing Administration (“FHA”) Qualified Mortgage (“QM”). Although the Consumer Financial...more

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