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Fannie Mae Announces New Tools for Lenders

On October 19, Fannie Mae announced four changes: (i) the availability of trended credit data, which may allow a more thorough analysis of borrowers’ credit history; (ii) the availability of nontraditional credit history in...more

Summary of Final Rule Amending HMDA and What It Means for Covered Institutions

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has released a final rule amending Regulation C, which implements the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA), requiring most lenders to report certain information about mortgage...more

CFPB Finalizes Rule to Update Reporting Requirements of the HMDA

On October 15, the CFPB finalized a rule amending Regulation C to update the reporting requirements of the HMDA. The final rule changes what data financial institutions must provide to Federal agencies. ...more

Summary of HUD's LEAN 232 Program Email Blast Office of Residential Care Facilities (ORCF) August 28, 2015

The August 28, 2015 LEAN Email Blast contains information on the final rule regarding fire safety equipment, the new delegated underwriter approval process, the Green Lane, and the mortgage termination process, among other...more

FHA Attempt To Provide New Guidance: Too Little, Too Late?

On June 18, the Federal Housing Administration provided lenders with a new Defect Taxonomy for Single Family Housing Loans, or Loan Quality Assessment Methodology. It has been working on the new taxonomy for almost a year,...more

Obtaining Title Insurance on Construction Loans: Avoiding Pitfalls Regarding Title Insurance Underwriting for Construction Loans

Avoiding Pitfalls in Construction Mortgages: Top 5 Tips for Title Insurance Underwriting - Construction mortgages pose significant risks for title insurers and require specific underwriting analysis. Avoid the...more

Summary of HUD's LEAN 232 Program E-mail Blast: Office of Residential Care Facilities (ORCF), April 30, 2015

In an effort to summarize the highlights of the LEAN Email Blasts that we receive, and rarely have time to review in a timely fashion, we at Pepper Hamilton are providing this quick synopsis of the latest LEAN update. Our aim...more

U.S. Files Complaint Against Leading Non-Bank Mortgage Lender For Alleged Improper Underwriting Practices on FHA-Insured Loans...

On April 17, Quicken Loans filed a preemptive lawsuit against the DOJ and HUD in the Eastern District of Michigan against HUD, the HUD-IG, and DOJ, asserting that it “appears to be one of the targets (due to its large size)...more

SDNY Declines to Reconsider Denial of Plaintiffs’ Summary Judgment Motion in RMBS Putback Case

On February 25, 2015, Judge P. Kevin Castel of the S.D.N.Y. issued an opinion denying reconsideration of a January 9, 2015 order that granted in part and denied in part the parties’ competing motions for summary judgment in...more

Regulators Increase Scrutiny of Wall Street Lending

Federal bank regulatory agencies are significantly increasing their scrutiny of Wall Street bank lending, moving from annual reviews to a system of monthly audits in a major effort to curtail aggressive underwriting...more

Managing Potential Sticker Shock – Agencies Release Guidance to Prepare Banks for HELOC End-of-Draw Periods

On June 30, 2014, the federal financial institution regulatory agencies (the Agencies) published Interagency Guidance on Home Equity Lines of Credit Nearing Their End-of Draw Period (the Guidance), which, as the title...more

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Implements 'Ability to Repay' Regulations for Covered Mortage Loans

It is a widely understood that loose underwriting standards and practices by some creditors – including their abject failure in some instances to confirm their borrowers’ ability to repay mortgage loans – contributed in...more

Utah Amends Residential Mortgage Licensing Laws, Exempts Underwriters from Licensing

Recently, the State of Utah enacted into law House Bill 332, which amends numerous provisions to Title 61, Securities-Real Estate Division. Among changes the rules make to the practice of mortgage lending and licensing, the...more

How the Great Recession Has Affected Mortgage Securitization, Servicing, and Homeownership

The house price bubble and the financial crisis exposed significant weaknesses in mortgage underwriting, the packaging of mortgage-backed securities (MBS), and the mortgage servicing industry. Over the course of the Great...more

Third Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Securities Class Action Against UBS

On September 17, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirmed the dismissal, as time-barred, of a class action brought by RMBS certificateholders against UBS over losses related to the RMBS. Filing suit in...more

Tenth Circuit Affirms Dismissal Of Securities Act Claims Against Banks That Underwrote Stock Of Failed Mortgage Lender

On July 9, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit affirmed a district court’s order dismissing claims brought by investors against banks that had underwritten a mortgage lender’s stock offerings. Slater v. A.G....more

The SAVE Act – Valuing Energy Savings

Consumers interested in energy-efficient homes will benefit if a recent bill, called the SAVE Act (Sensible Accounting to Value Energy), becomes law. The law, if enacted, would require Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal...more

Nevada Adopts Uniform State Test and Exempts Loan Processors and Underwriters from MLO Licensure

Another state agency has announced that it will be adopting the new national MLO test with the Uniform State Content. The Nevada Department of Business and Industry will adopt the test effective January 1, 2014....more

Vermont Amends Provision Governing Mortgage Brokers Engaging in Loan Processing or Underwriting

Vermont recently provided an exemption from the requirement that mortgage brokers provide a mortgage broker agreement in instances where the broker acts as an independent contractor loan processor or underwriter for a...more

American Bankers Association Real Estate Lending Conference - Qualified Mortgages: A Sea Change For Mortgage Lenders

In This Presentation: - The Qualified Mortgage (QM) Rule - Small Creditor QM Proposal - The Ability-to-Repay (ATR) Rule: What It Says and What It Means - Liability for Failure to Comply with the ATR and QM...more

Court Denies in Part Motions to Dismiss FHFA’s Claims Against Countrywide and Various Underwriters

On March 15, Judge Mariana Pfaelzer of the United States District Court for the Central District of California denied in part motions to dismiss brought by Countrywide, various individuals and various underwriters in...more

Second Circuit Reverses Dismissal of Section 11 and 12(a)(2) Claims, Holding that Plaintiff's Allegations Were Sufficient to Plead...

In New Jersey Carpenters Health Fund v. Royal Bank of Scotland Group, PLC, 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 4317 (2d Cir. Mar. 1, 2013), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed the dismissal of a claim for...more

State Law Update: Virginia Amends Broker Licensing Rule

Recently, the Virginia State Corporation Commission adopted regulations proposed by the Bureau of Financial Institutions to clarify that individuals engaged in the business of a loan processor or underwriter, who do not...more

Infobytes - A Weekly In-depth review of news & developments in the financial services industry - February 1, 2013


Infobytes Special Alert: Detailed Analysis Of CFPB's Final Ability-To-Repay/Qualified Mortgage Rule

After considering a proposed rule and comments for more than a year and a half, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “Bureau”) has issued its highly anticipated final “Ability-to-Repay” rule (the “Rule”) governing...more

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