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Loan modifications are changes made to the terms of an existing loan outside the specifications contained in the original loan agreement. In a mortgage situation, loan modifications are typically made to assist... more +
Loan modifications are changes made to the terms of an existing loan outside the specifications contained in the original loan agreement. In a mortgage situation, loan modifications are typically made to assist borrowers in meeting their obligations and avoid foreclosure. Such mortgage loan modifications may include reduction of principal amount or interest rate, lengthening of loan term, and monthly payment caps. less -

CFPB May 2017 complaint report highlights complaints from older consumers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB has issued its May 2017 complaint report highlighting complaints from “older consumers,” who the CFPB defines as consumers who voluntarily reported their age as 62 or older.  The CFPB reports that consumers...more

Dorsey’s Artin Betpera Advocates on Behalf of the Mortgage Industry with the California MBA at the State Capitol

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

It’s sure been busy at our State Capitol here in California this week. While the Legislators were furiously debating an increase in our state gas tax (already one of the highest in the nation), the California Mortgage Bankers...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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A group of current and former Citizen Bank branch employees from five states has admitted to fabricating information about the results of the Bank’s much-touted “Citizens Checkup” program (in which real customers are invited...more

FTC Reaches $1.7 Million Settlement with Final Defendant in Mortgage Relief Scheme

by Goodwin on

On February 23, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it entered into a settlement with the final individual defendant in an alleged mortgage relief scheme worth over $1.7 million. As a result of a...more

Alabama Court of Civil Appeals Holds Questions Regarding Propriety of Foreclosure May Be Raised as Affirmative Defense to...

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

The Alabama Court of Civil Appeals recently held in Pittman v. Regions Bank that questions about the propriety of a foreclosure may be raised more than one year after the foreclosure as an affirmative defense to an ejectment...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending November 18 & 25, 2016

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REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Settlement/Waiver: borrowers permitted to raise affirmative defenses and counterclaims against lender where subject Loan Modification Agreement failed to include waiver of claims, affirmative...more

FTC Secures $1.8M in Restitution From Debt Relief Scammers

by Goodwin on

On September 22, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California issued a permanent injunction prohibiting five defendants involved in mortgage relief scams...more

Mortgage-Loan Modification Scam Ends with Serious Consequences

A California man that operated as a high-level sales executive for a fraudulent residential mortgage-loan modification scheme will now spend several years in jail. From 2009 to 2016, Mehdi Moarefian (aka Michael Miller)...more

CFPB Issues Guiding Principles for Loss Mitigation after HAMP

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On August 2, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) published a new guidance document titled CFPB’s Principles for the Future of Loss Mitigation (the “Guidance”), which outlines a recommended framework for...more

CFPB outlines future principles for loss mitigation

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Looking forward to a post-financial crisis and post-HAMP mortgage marketplace, the CFPB has issued a document outlining principles intended to “provide a framework for discussion about the future of loss mitigation.”  The...more

Careful Who You Trust. A Lender Can Be Liable For The Negligence And Misrepresentations Of Its Loan Servicers, Even Absent Any...

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

In the recent case of Daniels v. Select Portfolio Serving, Inc., the California Court of Appeal has held that a lender may be liable for the negligence and misrepresentations of the lender’s servicer, without any contractual...more

CFPB Highlights Mortgage Servicing Examination Findings and Technology Issues

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In an unmistakable warning shot to mortgage servicers, the CFPB recently issued a “Mortgage Servicing Special Edition” of its Supervisory Highlights. The CFPB also updated portions of its Mortgage Servicing Examination...more

CFPB Highlights Mortgage Servicing Examination Findings and Technology Issues

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In an unmistakable warning shot to mortgage servicers, the CFPB recently issued a “Mortgage Servicing Special Edition” of its Supervisory Highlights. The CFPB also updated portions of its Mortgage Servicing Examination...more

CFPB Releases Latest Supervisory Highlights Focused on Mortgage Servicing

by BakerHostetler on

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released their 11th edition of Supervisory highlights, a special edition with a direct warning to mortgage servicers. The report typically shares findings and examination observations...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending June 10 & 17, 2016

by Carlton Fields on

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - - Foreclosure/Standing/Hearsay: copy of a note with undated allonge containing blank endorsement sufficient to establish standing as a matter of law, even though bank did not have formal...more

California Man Pleads Guilty to Criminal Charges Relating to HAMP Modification Scheme

by Goodwin on

On May 4, 2016, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York and the Special Inspector General of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) announced that a California man was found guilty of...more

Ninth Circuit Upholds Ruling in Favor of CFPB against Lawyer in Mortgage Relief Scam, Rejects Constitutional Challenge to Director...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Ninth Circuit recently considered arguments relating to an enforcement action brought by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) against a California attorney who was offering loan modification services. The CFPB...more

FHFA Announces Home Modification Program

by MoFo Reenforcement on

On April 14, 2016, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (“FHFA”) announced the launch of a principal reduction program for first-lien mortgages that are owned or guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. According to the...more

Ninth Circuit rejects Director Cordray’s recess appointment as defense to CFPB enforcement action; dissenting judge disagrees

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Since it was filed in a California federal court in July 2012, we have been following CFPB v. Chance Edward Gordon, a case in which the CFPB alleged that an attorney duped consumers by falsely promising loan modifications in...more

FHFA Announces Program Changes to Aid Delinquent Borrowers

by Goodwin on

On April 14, 2016, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced two changes concerning its policies affecting delinquent mortgage loans: first, it announced that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will offer mortgage...more

Loan Modification Differences Continue to Preclude Class Certification

by Goodwin on

Last month, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California issued the latest in a string of decisions denying class certification in cases of alleged misconduct regarding residential mortgage loan...more

Can Lenders Foreclose While a Borrower’s Loan Modification Application is Under Review?

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

A recent decision by the California Court of Appeal held that the practice called “dual tracking” – when a lender forecloses on a property while the borrower’s application for a loan modification is under review – violates...more

The Moronta Decision in Massachusetts – Determining A Borrower’s Ability To Repay

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

A recent decision by the Massachusetts Court of Appeals highlights some of the challenges lenders may face when seeking the dismissal of allegations of unfair and deceptive lending practices in connection with a loan that...more

Florida Appellate Court Rejects Defense of Oral Loan Modification Defense on Statute of Frauds Grounds

by Burr & Forman on

In Cowen Loan Servicing, LLC v. Jean Marie Delvar, 4D14-763, 2015 WL 8347300 (Fla. 4th DCA Dec. 9, 2015) the borrower alleged that he had been offered a loan modification and accepted and relied on that offer by making loan...more

New Case Poses Threat to Mortgage Servicers in Bankruptcies

by Baker Donelson on

A new decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit poses a serious threat to mortgage companies that service mortgages of chapter 13 debtors. Mortgage servicers should be aware of the case's implications and...more

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