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CFPB Issues Proposal to Amend Mortgage Servicing Rules

Yesterday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed additional amendments to Regulation X, which implements the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), and Regulation Z, which implements the Truth in...more

Mortgage Performance Improvement Continues

On September 25, the OCC reported that the performance of first-lien mortgages serviced by large national and federal savings banks improved from a year earlier. ...more

Dodd-Frank’s New Deputies of Federal Consumer Financial Laws—States

In the wake of the Financial Crisis, the federal government has invigorated its civil fraud enforcement. The U.S. Department of Justice has dominated the headlines in this area with a series of significant lawsuits and...more

Improperly Indexed Mortgage: How Far Does Your Record Review Need to Go to Be Safe?

Albert v. Green Tree Servicing, LLC (In re El Erian), 512 B.R. 391 (Bankr. D. D.C. 2014) – A chapter 7 trustee sought to avoid the lien of a recorded deed of trust because (1) it contained both correct and incorrect...more

Mortgage Servicers Partner With Obama Administration To Enhance SCRA Protections

On August 26, the Obama Administration announced a new partnership with residential mortgage servicers designed to enhance protections under the Servicemember Civil Relief Act (SCRA). Speaking to the American Legion...more

Increased Muni Power Means Larger Fines For NJ Mortgagees

As a result of the recent changes in New Jersey law, mortgagees and servicers should review their practices and procedures to ensure timely response to notices of municipal code violations on abandoned or vacant properties in...more

Pair of Missouri Supreme Court Cases Potentially Expand Liability for Lenders, Servicers, Debt Buyers and Debt Collectors

Last week the Missouri Supreme Court released two decisions on the same day that expanded Missouri's Merchandising Practices Act (MMPA) with regard to the origination and servicing of real estate mortgage loans. The effect of...more

Maine Supreme Court Addresses MERS Assignments and Payoff Amounts During Cure Periods

The Maine Supreme Court has been active in the last few months – issuing several decisions that will likely impact foreclosure actions in that state. The decisions covered a full range of foreclosure issues, from whether a...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

Infobytes Special Alert: CFPB Bulletin Re-Emphasizes Focus On Mortgage Servicing Transfers

On August 19, 2014, the CFPB issued Bulletin 2014-01 to address “potential risks to consumers that may arise in connection with transfers of residential mortgage servicing rights.” The bulletin, which is the latest in a...more

CFPB Revises Mortgage Servicing Transfer Guidance

The CFPB believes there are potential risks to consumers that may arise in connection with transfers of residential mortgage servicing rights. The CFPB has stated its concern in this area remains heightened due to the...more

RESPA Amendment Changes Rules, Deadlines Regarding Errors Communications

In July of 2010, the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) was amended by Congress to reduce the time period from twenty days to five days for a servicer to acknowledge receipt of a qualified written request, and from...more

Inspector General Report Urges FHFA To Consider Lender-Placed Insurance Suits

On June 25, the FHFA Office of Inspector General (OIG) published a report that urges the FHFA to consider whether to pursue servicers and insurers for alleged lender-placed insurance (LPI) losses. The OIG cited prior...more

Massachusetts AG Requires Mortgage Servicer To Provide Foreclosure-Related Relief

On June 16, Massachusetts Attorney General (AG) Martha Coakley announced that a large mortgage servicer agreed to provide $3 million in borrower relief and pay $700,000 to the Commonwealth to resolve allegations that the...more

Colorado Adds Mortgage Servicer Requirements

Recently, Colorado enacted legislation that requires servicers of residential loans, including lenders and other parties that offer a borrower a loss mitigation option or seek to enforce the power to foreclose and sell the...more

Illinois Federal Court Rules on Dodd-Frank’s Truth in Lending Act Amendment

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois granted summary judgment denying a putative class action suit against a mortgage servicer for alleged violations of the Truth in Lending Act concerning...more

Freddie Mac Announces Numerous Servicing Policy Updates

On June 3, Freddie Mac announced revisions to numerous servicing policies, including policies regarding, among other things, short sales and deeds-in-lieu of foreclosure (DILs), the CFPB’s mortgage servicing rules, and...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

Comptroller Curry: Check The Shadows For Banking Threats

Where are the seeds of the next financial crisis? - Speaking at the Conference of State Bank Supervisors, Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry discussed threats to the national banking system and warned listeners...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

Illinois Federal Court Rejects Putative Class Challenge To Crediting Of Online Mortgage Payments

On May 27, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois held that a mortgage servicer did not violate Regulation Z when it credited a payment two days after the borrower submitted the payment online....more

New York DFS Superintendent Promises Scrutiny Of Nonbank Servicer Affiliates, Previews Originator Licensing Changes

On May 20, New York DFS Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky spoke during the Mortgage Bankers Association’s National Secondary Market Conference and extended his recent focus on nonbank mortgage servicers....more

New York Department of Financial Services Plans to Expand Investigation of Nonbank Mortgage Servicers

In a speech delivered to the Mortgage Bankers Association 2014 National Secondary Market Conference, Benjamin M. Lawsky, Superintendent of New York’s Department of Financial Services, targeted nonbank mortgage servicers with...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

CFPB Proposes Amendments to Mortgage Rules

On April 30th, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced certain limited amendments to the Ability to Repay/Qualified Mortgage Rule (“ATR/QM”) and the Servicing Rules which took effect in January of this year....more

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