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CFPB increases appraisal requirement exemption threshold

The CFPB, Fed, and OCC have adjusted the threshold for smaller loans that are exempt from the appraisal requirement for “higher priced mortgage loans.” The appraisal requirement became effective January 18, 2014, and the...more

Credit Risk Retention Final Rule: Steering CMBS through the Regulatory Wake

Introduction and Summary of CMBS Updates - After more than three and a half years since the publication by regulators of the first proposals for credit risk retention, we now have a final rule that has brought with it...more

Mortgage Modifications: Senior Loans May Become Not So Senior

Sperry Assoc. Fed. Credit Union v. US Bank Nat’l Ass’n (In re White), 514 B.R. 365 (Bankr. E.D.N.Y. 2014) – A junior mortgagee sought to subordinate the senior mortgage loan based on an argument that modification of...more

Mortgage-Backed Securities: “It Is The Rare Ordinary Human Being Who Understands Them”

In re Lehman Bros. Holdings Inc., 513 B.R. 624 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y. 2014) – A purchaser of residential mortgage-backed securities filed proofs of claim based on alleged misrepresentations by the debtors in offering...more

Special Alert: Proposed Amendments to the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (“TRID”) Rule, Transcript of CFPB Webinar on the Loan...

BuckleySandler is pleased to announce our new TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (“TRID”) Resource Center. The TRID Resource Center is a one-stop shop for TRID issues, providing access to BuckleySandler’s analysis of the TRID...more

Merchandising 101: Missouri Supreme Court Addresses Applicability of State’s Merchandising Practices Act to Mortgage Loan...

Two new en banc opinions from the Supreme Court of Missouri, both released on August 19, 2014, may be of interest to mortgage loan servicers with borrowers in this state. The opinions — Conway v. CitiMortgage, Inc., ---...more

Post-Petition Interest: Not Very Predictable

A senior mortgagee battled the debtor and a junior mortgagee over its entitlement to post-petition interest: If and when did it become oversecured and thus entitled to interest? Was it entitled to interest at the default...more

Trade groups take aim at NY Times call for CFPB action on subprime auto loans

Two leading industry trade groups have disputed a recent New York Times editorial entitled “When a Car Loan Means Bankruptcy,” which attempted to draw parallels between subprime auto loans and subprime mortgage loans. The...more

CFPB, State AGs Weigh In On TILA Rescission

This week, the CFPB and 25 states filed amicus briefs in Jesinoski v. Countrywide Home Loans, Inc., No. 13-684, a case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court that may resolve a circuit split over whether a borrower seeking to...more

Federal Court in Pennsylvania Strikes at the Heart of the Residential Mortgage System; Can Commercial Syndicated Loans and...

On June 30, 2014, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania issued an important decision on Pennsylvania’s recording statutes in the case of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, Recorder of Deeds,...more

Court Confirms Bank Can Be Held Liable for Conduct and Representations Occurring During Loan Modification Process

A California Court of Appeal recently held that a defaulting mortgagee can assert claims for breach of contract, wrongful foreclosure, unfair business practices and negligent misrepresentation against the foreclosing bank...more

Ohio Supreme Court Holds Registered Mortgage Loan Act Lenders May Make Single-Installment Loans

On June 11, the Ohio Supreme Court held that single-installment, interest bearing loans are permitted under the Mortgage Loan Act (MLA), and that the Short-Term Lender Act (STLA) does not prohibit registered MLA lenders from...more

Lenders More Likely to Make Jumbo Loans

As we continue to distance ourselves from the advent of the real estate downturn, residential mortgage loan lenders seem to be increasingly willing to explore ways to loan money outside of the “qualified mortgage” arena. For...more

Financial Institutions and Creditors’ Rights: Ninth Circuit Finds SCRA Liability Based on Prior Servicer’s Actions

The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (“SCRA”) was signed into law in 2003, greatly expanding prior legislation in order to better assist servicemembers in avoiding default and foreclosure while they are on active duty. The...more

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB): The New Federal Landscape For Lenders and Servicers

Following the recession and financial crisis of the late 2000s, the “Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection”—commonly known as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)—was created. Aimed at promoting “fairness and...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

FHFA Announces Reversal of Plans to Wind Down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

Early last week, recently-appointed director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Melvin L. Watt, announced plans to keep GSEs Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac going strong. This new strategy is in stark contrast to the...more

FSOC Annual Report Calls For Heightened Scrutiny Of Nonbank Mortgage Servicers

On May 7, following a short open meeting, the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC)—the body established by the Dodd-Frank Act to identify and respond to risks to the stability of the U.S. financial system—released its...more

Borrowers File Petition for Writ of Certiorari Related to Permanent Loan Modification Under HAMP

Citing a circuit split among the Seventh, Ninth and Eleventh circuits and the “great importance” of settling the question, the borrowers filed a petition writ of certiorari in the Supreme Court asking the Court to determine...more

Flood Insurance Reform Bill with Escrow Amendments Awaits President’s Signature

The U.S. House of Representatives and Senate recently passed, and the President is expected to sign into law, amendments to the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (the Act). The legislation seeks to address...more

Treasury Department Opposes HARP Expansion, Use Of Eminent Domain

On January 22, Michael Stegman, Treasury Department Counselor for Housing Finance Policy stated in remarks to an industry conference that the Treasury Department opposes expansion of the Home Affordable Refinance Program...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

Freddie Mac and Fifth Third Bancorp Reach Settlement Agreement

On November 25, Fifth Third Bancorp announced a $25 million settlement agreement with Freddie Mac related to mortgages sold by the bank prior to January 1, 2009....more

FHFA Announces Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Conforming Loan Limits for 2014

On November 26, the FHFA announced that the 2014 maximum conforming loan limits for mortgages acquired by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will remain at the existing levels in most areas....more

New Loans: Harder to Make, Easier to Keep?

The new CFPB mortgage rules are tough on lenders, beginning with the loan application process. In order to issue a mortgage, lenders must collect information about income and assets, employment status, credit history, monthly...more

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