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CFPB takes action on misleading advertisements

Posted in CFPB Enforcement, FTC, Mortgages

Late last week, on February 12, the CFPB announced actions against three mortgage companies for alleged violations of Regulation N, the Mortgage Acts and Practices Advertising Rule.  Among other restrictions, Regulation N bars any commercial misrepresentation of the relationship between a credit provider and a government.  According to the CFPB, the three mortgage companies at… More >

CFPB issues report on reverse mortgage complaints

Posted in Mortgages

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. According to the report, the CFPB handled approximately 1200 reverse mortgage complaints during that period.  The issues those complaints involved and the percentage… More >

CFPB finalizes amendments to TILA/RESPA integrated disclosures rule and loan originator rule

Posted in CFPB Rulemaking, Mortgages, TILA / RESPA

On Tuesday, January 20, the CFPB promulgated its first final rule of 2015, a series of minor amendments to the TILA/RESPA integrated disclosures (TRID) rule.  The substantive changes to the TRID rule are (1) an extension of the time period to issue a revised Loan Estimate when an interest rate moves from floating to locked,… More >

CFPB report explores consumers’ mortgage shopping experience

Posted in CFPB General, Mortgages, Research, TILA / RESPA

In a report released on January 13, 2015, the CFPB announced that nearly half of consumers do not shop among multiple lenders before applying for a mortgage loan.  Even fewer—about one of every four—submit multiple applications to gauge the best deal, the Bureau says. The report is the first to harness data gathered by the… More >

CFPB adjusts HMDA/TILA asset-size exemption thresholds

Posted in Mortgages

Adjustments to two asset-size exemption thresholds were published by the CFPB in today’s Federal Register.  First, the CFPB has increased the asset-size exemption threshold under HMDA/Regulation C which is currently set at $43 million.  Banks, savings associations, and credit unions with assets at or below $44 million as of December 31, 2014 are exempt from… More >

CFPB increases appraisal requirement exemption threshold

Posted in Mortgages

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 exemption, which is subject to annual adjustment for inflation, currently applies to credit extensions of $25,000 or less. Effective January 1,… More >

CFPB Proposes Additional Servicing Rule Amendments

Posted in CFPB General, CFPB Rulemaking, Mortgages, TILA / RESPA

The CFPB issued a proposed rulemaking last week to amend various provisions of the mortgage servicing rules under Regulation X and Regulation Z. Comments are due 90 days from the date of publication in the Federal Register. Ballard Spahr’s Mortgage Banking Group will continue to analyze the proposal and work with our clients and industry… More >

CFPB issues bulletin on consideration of public assistance income in credit decisions

Posted in Fair Credit, Mortgages

The CFPB has issued a new bulletin (Bulletin 2014-03) that is intended “to remind creditors” of their ECOA/Regulation B obligations with respect to consideration of public assistance income and relevant standards and guidelines regarding verification of  Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income (together, Social Security disability income). Based on an accompanying CFPB blog… More >

CFPB settles second loan originator compensation case

Posted in CFPB Enforcement, Mortgages

The CFPB entered into a stipulated order and final judgment with Franklin Loan Corporation (Franklin) to settle allegations that Franklin paid its employee loan originators compensation based on the interest rates charged on mortgage loans in violation of the Regulation Z loan originator compensation rule.  Without admitting or denying the allegations, Franklin agreed to pay… More >

CFPB QM cure and other mortgage rule amendments now effective; HUD nixes CFPB cure for FHA QM rule

Posted in Mortgages

The CFPB’s final rule amending certain provisions of the 2013 Title XIV final mortgage rules which includes a post-consummation points and fees cure mechanism for qualified mortgage loans, became effective on Monday, November 3, when it was published in the Federal Register.  (The only exception is a commentary revision in the final rule dealing with… More >

Leading industry trade groups comment on HMDA/Reg. C proposal

Posted in CFPB Rulemaking, Mortgages

Six leading industry trade groups have submitted a letter commenting on the CFPB’s proposed rule amending Regulation C to expand Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data reporting requirements.  The trade groups consist of the Consumer Bankers Association, Mortgage Bankers Association, American Bankers Association, Consumer Mortgage Coalition, Financial Services Roundtable and Housing Policy Council. In the letter,… More >

Mortgage Loan Originator “Target Pricing” in the Fair Lending Bullseye

Posted in Fair Lending, Mortgages

The Federal Reserve Board indicated it is scrutinizing mortgage loan pricing models that comply with Regulation Z but nonetheless, in the view of the Board, significantly increase fair lending risk.  The models set a loan revenue target—based on a higher interest rate, discretionary fees, or both—that varies by mortgage loan originator (MLO).  Regulators allege that… More >

Mortgage company that entered into CFPB consent order moves to dismiss class action claims

Posted in CFPB Enforcement, Mortgages

Earlier this week, Castle & Cooke Mortgage, LLC, the mortgage company that entered into a consent order with the CFPB in November 2013 to settle charges that it violated the Regulation Z loan originator compensation rule (“LO Compensation Rule”), filed a motion to dismiss three counts of the class action complaint filed against it in July… More >

CFPB highlights unlawful practices relating to mortgage and student loan servicing, debt collection, electronic fund transfers and consumer reporting

Posted in CFPB Exams, Credit Reports, Debt Collection, Electronic Payments, Mortgages, Student Loans

While mortgage and student loan servicing violations cited by the CFPB in its Fall 2014 Supervisory Highlights have grabbed the headlines, the report also includes noteworthy observations regarding the violations found by the CFPB in debt collection, electronic fund transfers and consumer reporting. The report covers supervision work completed by the CFPB between March 2014… More >

CFPB posts 2015 final lists of rural and rural or underserved counties

Posted in Mortgages

The CFPB has posted its 2015 final lists of Rural and Rural or Underserved Counties on its website.  The CFPB has previously posted lists of such counties for calendar years 2011-2014. The lists are relevant to exemptions in several CFPB mortgage rules, including the CFPB’s rule requiring creditors to establish escrow accounts for certain first-lien… More >

ABA renews request for CFPB clarification on rolling mortgage delinquencies

Posted in Mortgages

This past July, the American Bankers Association sent a letter to the CFPB requesting several clarifications to the mortgage servicing rules.  One of such clarifications concerned application of the “120-day rule,” meaning the rule that prohibits a servicer from sending the first notice or filing for foreclosure unless a borrower’s mortgage loan is more than… More >

CFPB updated mortgage servicing transfer guidance published in Federal Register

Posted in Mortgages

In yesterday’s Federal Register, the CFPB published the compliance bulletin and policy guidance (Bulletin 2014-01) regarding mortgage servicing transfers that it previously issued on August 19, 2014 (New Guidance).  The New Guidance updates and replaces earlier guidance regarding mortgage servicing transfers set forth in Bulletin 2013-01.  We summarized the New Guidance in a prior blog… More >

CFPB finalizes amendments to mortgage rules

Posted in CFPB Rulemaking, Mortgages

The CFPB has issued a final rule amending certain provisions of the 2013 Title XIV final mortgage rules.  While in its press release the CFPB describes the amendments as “minor adjustments to its mortgage rules,” the final rule contains several major changes from the CFPB’s proposal. QM Points and Fees Cure.  Generally, to be considered a… More >

CFPB updates reverse mortgage guide

Posted in Mortgages

The CFPB has announced that it has updated its reverse mortgage guide to reflect recent product changes.  The changes concern the amount of money a borrower can draw in the first year and the ability of a non-borrowing spouse to continue to live in the home after the spouse who signed the loan passes away.

CFPB settles RESPA charges for marketing services agreements allegedly tied to referrals

Posted in CFPB Enforcement, Mortgages

The CFPB has announced that it has entered into a consent order with a Michigan title insurance agency to settle charges that the agency violated the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) by paying fees to various companies under marketing services agreements (MSA) that were based on the referrals the agency received or expected to… More >