Reverse Mortgages

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CFPB Targets Practices Impacting the Elderly

On July 13, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray delivered remarks at the White House Conference on Aging and signaled the CFPB’s plans to issue an advisory later in 2015 to assist...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending July 10, 17 & 24, 2015

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Eviction/Summary Judgment: Error to grant summary judgment where plaintiff failed to refute multiple affirmative defenses including an assertion that the eviction would cause an inequitable...more

Beyond the Commercials: Understanding Reverse Mortgages

You have likely seen the commercials for reverse mortgages. While the advertisements urge viewers to “call now to secure you reverse mortgage today” and make them seem risk-free, obtaining a mortgage of this type is a serious...more

Advertising Law - June 2015 #4

In Case You Missed It: FCC Adopts Significant Changes to TCPA Rules - Last week, in TCPA Connect, our newsletter devoted to cases and developments surrounding the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, we reported on the...more

Reverse Mortgages May Be on CFPB’s List Following Recent Study

In a new study, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) criticizes reverse mortgages as misleading and as having resulted in senior citizens being confused about exactly what such a transaction involves. The CFPB...more

#ThrowbackThursday: CFPB Releases Reverse Mortgage Report; Issues Advisory In Response to Complaints

On February 9th, 2015, the CFPB released a report highlighting consumer complaints regarding reverse mortgages. The report covers 1,200 reverse mortgage complaints received between December 1, 2011, and December 31, 2014, or...more

CFPB: Reverse Mortgages Subject to Scrutiny

In a likely preview of an area subject to future regulation and enforcement, on June 4, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released results of a focus group study on reverse mortgage advertisements and also...more

CFPB Releases New Reverse Mortgage Study Raising Marketing Practice Concerns

A recent study released by the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) regarding reverse mortgages suggests the CFPB is looking closely at the industry and the study may well be an omen of enhanced future enforcement...more

No Reversing Course on Reverse Mortgages

On June 4, the CFPB released a study on reverse mortgage advertisements. The Bureau seems particularly focused on this product because it is popular among older Americans, whom it characterizes as more “vulnerable.” Not...more

CFPB issues reverse mortgage focus group report and consumer advisory

The CFPB has issued a report that discusses the results of a focus group study it conducted on reverse mortgage advertisements and a consumer advisory about such advertisements. The report is entitled “A close look at reverse...more

Rating Agency Developments

On May 29, DBRS released its updated methodology for rating U.S. asset-backed commercial paper. On May 29, Fitch republished its criteria for rating supranationals. On May 28, Fitch released its updated criteria for rating...more

CFPB Details Complaints About Reverse Mortgages

On February 9, the CFPB released a report detailing complaints associated with reverse mortgages. According to the report, a high volume of complaints concern requests for changes to loan terms, issues related to loan...more

CFPB Releases Reverse Mortgage Report; Issues Advisory In Response to Complaints

On February 9th, the CFPB released a report highlighting consumer complaints regarding reverse mortgages. The report covers 1,200 reverse mortgage complaints received between December 1, 2011, and December 31, 2014, or...more

CFPB issues report on reverse mortgage complaints

The CFPB has issued a “Snapshot of reverse mortgage complaints” covering complaints submitted to the CFPB from December 2011 (when the CFPB began accepting consumer complaints on reverse mortgages) through December 2014....more

HUD Issues New Rules about Surviving Spouses Following Death of Reverse Mortgage Borrower

For the past year and a half, mortgagees of FHA-insured Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (“HECMs”), commonly referred to as reverse mortgages, have had to grapple with issues related to the foreclosure of homes occupied by...more

Illinois Supreme Court Agrees to Decide Whether Trustee May Rescind Reverse Mortgage

During its September term, the Illinois Supreme Court agreed to decide an issue of importance to property and banking practitioners: is the statutory right to rescind a reverse mortgage limited to the original property owner?...more

CFPB Updates Reverse Mortgage Guide

On September 24, the CFPB published an updated reverse mortgage guide on its blog to account for HUD’s recent changes to reverse mortgage programs. The blog post highlights new limits to lump sum, first-year payouts under...more

HUD Seeks Comments On Limits Of Insurability Of Fixed Interest HECM Products, Announces Other HECM Program Changes

On July 10, HUD published a request for comment on its recent amendments to the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) reverse mortgage program to limit the insurability of fixed interest rate reverse mortgages....more

HUD Policy Revisions Address Emerging HECM Risks

On June 18, HUD issued Mortgagee Letter 2014-11, which amends the HECM reverse mortgage program to limit the insurability of fixed interest rate reverse mortgages. The letter explains that HUD has identified new emerging...more

Connecticut Bill Revises Licensing Laws, Numerous Other Financial Services Laws

On June 3, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed HB 5353, which makes numerous unrelated changes to Connecticut’s laws governing financial services companies. For example, with regard to mortgage servicing, the bill: (i)...more

HUD To Insure Reverse Mortgages Protecting Non-Borrowing Spouses; Senators Seek Protections For Surviving Heirs

On April 25, HUD issued Mortgagee Letter 2014-07, which states that effective August 4, 2014, HUD will apply an alternative interpretation of Subsection 255(j) of the National Housing Act, which HUD has interpreted to limit...more

CFPB Issues RESPA-TILA Integrated Disclosures Final Rule

On November 20, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “CFPB”) issued the RESPA-TILA Integrated Disclosures Final Rule. The 1,888 page rule will become effective for applications taken on or after August 1, 2015,...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

Texas Reverse Mortgage Constitutional Amendment Takes Effect

On November 22, an amendment to the Texas constitution took effect to permit the use of a reverse mortgage for the purchase of a homestead property. The amendment was approved by Texas voters on November 5. ...more

HUD Rule Allowing Lenders To Demand Immediate Reverse Mortgage Repayments from Widowers Violates Federal Law, Court Holds

A Washington, D.C., District Court ruled recently that a Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulation allowing lenders to demand that widowers immediately repay reverse mortgage loans upon the death of their spouses...more

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