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House passes bill to amend TILA points and fees definition for mortgage loans

Posted in Mortgages

Earlier this week, the House of Representatives passed a bill to amend the TILA definition of “points and fees” that is used to determine whether a loan is a high-cost mortgage or, for purposes of TILA’s ability to repay provisions, a qualified mortgage. The “Mortgage Choice Act,” H.R. 685, would amend the points and fees definition to… More >

CFPB issues final rule on homeownership counseling requirements

Posted in Mortgages

The CFPB has issued a final rule to assist lender compliance with RESPA and TILA homeownership counseling requirements.  Under RESPA, a lender must provide applicants for a federally related mortgage loan with a list of certified homeownership counselors.  TILA prohibits a creditor from making a high-cost mortgage loan unless it receives written certification that the… More >

House passes regulatory reform bills

Posted in CFPB General, Mortgages, Privacy

Earlier this week, the House of Representatives, in bipartisan votes, passed the following regulatory reform bills: The “Eliminate Privacy Notice Confusion Act, H.R. 601, would create an exemption from the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act’s annual notice requirement for institutions that have not changed their privacy policies since their most recent annual notice and only share personal information… More >

Senate Banking Committee to hold April 16 hearing on mortgage credit availability

Posted in Mortgages

On April 16, 2015, the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs will conduct a hearing entitled, “Regulatory Burdens to Obtaining Mortgage Credit.”  The witnesses scheduled to appear are: Tom Woods, President, Custom Woods Homes, and Chairman, National Association of Home Builders Chris Polychron, Executive Broker, First Choice Realty, and President, National Association of… More >

CFPB targets another mortgage lender for deceptive advertising

Posted in CFPB Enforcement, Mortgages

The CFPB has announced the settlement of an enforcement action against a California-based mortgage lender for alleged deceptive advertising practices, including the use of advertisements that the CFPB claimed falsely led consumers to believe that the company was affiliated with the U.S. government.  The consent order requires the lender to pay a civil penalty of… More >

CFPB updates home buying information booklet

Posted in Mortgages

The CFPB has issued an updated version of the home buying information booklet (also known as the special information or settlement cost booklet) required under RESPA and TILA.  The new booklet is entitled “Your home loan toolkit: A step-by-step guide.”  (The booklet it replaces is entitled “Shopping for Your Home Loan: Settlement Cost Booklet.”)  The new booklet… More >

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 >