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Volume 27 - Number 10

May 16, 2016

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Life Under TRID: Working With Tech Vendors a Big TRID Problem for Many Lenders

Fannie Mae’s Economic & Strategic Research Group surveyed senior mortgage executives earlier this year and confirmed that lenders are still facing challenges in complying with the CFPB’s integrated disclosure rule known as TRID, according to new findings released by the government-sponsored enterprise last week. The controversial rule integrates the consumer disclosure requirements under the Truth in Lending Act and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act. According to Sheila Teimourian, vice president and deputy counsel at Fannie, more than three-quarters of the lenders surveyed indicated that the two biggest challenges were managing or coordinating with third-party technology vendors and communicating with key players, such as the buyer, seller and loan officer. About eight in 10 of those who cited coordinating with ...

SFIG’s Proposal on TRID Addresses Relevant Risks for RMBS: Moody’s

Analysts at Moody’s Investors Service believe that the Structured Finance Industry Group’s draft proposal on the CFPB’s integrated disclosure rule, otherwise known as TRID, generally is up to the task of addressing the relevant risks for U.S. residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS), notwithstanding the uncertainty associated with the pending clarifying rulemaking from the bureau. The rule merges the mortgage disclosures mandated by the Truth in Lending Act and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act. “SFIG’s draft proposal to standardize the framework for reviewing and grading loans for TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule compliance is adequate to identify those compliance risks that are likely to cause losses to RMBS trusts, aside from one grading provision with which we disagree,” said Moody’s Credit ...

Did CFPB Botch Another Attempt to Clarify its TRID Disclosure Rule?

Last week, in another apparent attempt to provide the mortgage lending industry with a bit more clarity when it comes to its TRID rule, the CFPB published on its website annotated versions of the Loan Estimate and Closing Disclosure that provide citations to the disclosure provisions in Chapter 2 of TILA referenced in the rule. However, neither of the two documents, which only number 14 pages between the two of them, appear to go anywhere near providing the kind of clarity the industry continues to hope for. According to Kristie Kully and David Tallman, both partners at the Mayer Brown law firm, these so-called “mapping forms” are unfortunately hamstrung by such extensive disclaimers that the bureau might as well have ...

More Homebuyers Reviewing Mortgage Disclosures, ALTA Finds

More homebuyers are reviewing their mortgage documents prior to their real estate closing under the new disclosure regime brought into the marketplace by the CFPB’s integrated disclosure rule, according to the results of a new closing survey by the American Land Title Association. However, there are still issues related to better educating consumers and in terms of the industry’s compliance. “While there remain challenges to complying with the regulation, title and settlement agents went to great lengths to prepare and train staff about the new process,” said Michelle Korsmo, ALTA’s chief executive officer. “The hard work of these professionals paid off as our survey found that 92 percent of surveyed homebuyers are taking time to review their mortgage documents before ...

Fair Lending in Mortgages Remains Key Issue for CFPB Enforcement

Mortgage lending continues to be a key priority for the CFPB’s Office of Fair Lending for supervision and enforcement, particularly Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data integrity and potential fair lending risks in the areas of redlining, underwriting and pricing, the bureau said in a new report. Last year, the bureau brought to an end two important public enforcement actions that had to do with mortgage lending. The first was a redlining case against Hudson City Savings Bank, which was required to pay almost $33 million in direct loan subsidies, funding for community programs and outreach, and a civil penalty. In this case, the CFPB accused Hudson City of providing unequal access to credit by structuring its business to avoid providing ...

CFPB Looks to Ban Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements

Earlier this month, the CFPB finally issued its long-awaited proposed rule to drastically scale back the ability of consumer financial companies to use pre-dispute arbitration clauses in their contracts for consumer financial products and services. The proposed rule would impose two sets of limitations on the use of pre-dispute arbitration agreements by covered providers of consumer financial products and services. First, it would prohibit providers from using such an agreement to block consumer class actions in court and would require providers to insert language into their arbitration agreements reflecting this limitation. “This proposal is based on the bureau’s preliminary findings – which are consistent with [its earlier] study – that pre-dispute arbitration agreements are being widely used to prevent consumers from seeking ...

Other News in Brief

MBA Calls for New QM Rules, Warns About ‘Regime Change’ Risk. The Mortgage Bankers Association is calling on the CFPB to develop a new qualified mortgage rule because the current one only works because of the so-called “GSE patch.” At the trade group’s annual secondary market conference in New York, MBA President and CEO Dave Stevens noted that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac currently are approving “a lot” of loans that exceed the benchmark debt-to-income cap of 43 percent that is codified in the current QM rule. That GSE patch disappears in 2021 or when Fannie and Freddie are taken out of conservatorship, whichever comes sooner...

Also in Brief: Capitol Hill Roundup

Hensarling Slams CFPB, Vows Big Changes to Dodd-Frank, the Bureau. During a speech last week at the National Center for Policy Analysis, Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-TX, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, pledged to push a package of pro-growth, pro-consumer reforms as an alternative to the Dodd-Frank Act, including clipping the wings of the CFPB. “At almost every opportunity, the bureau abuses and exceeds its statutory authority, which is already immense,” said the congressman. “The bureau operates with such secrecy, unaccountability, and bureaucratic tyranny it would make a Soviet Commissar blush.” As the committee moves forward with its plans for financial reform, Hensarling promised the Republicans will have ...

Also in Brief: Vendor Update

Industry Vendors Roll Out TRID-Compliant LOS in 50 Days. Three industry vendors, Open Mortgage, LendingQB and International Document Services, partnered to successfully implement a TRID-compliant loan origination system in just 50 days, exceeding their own projections, the companies announced recently. “We knew that our implementation timeline was aggressive, wanting to both implement a new LOS and prepare for TRID within 60 days,” said James Howard, chief technology officer of Open Mortgage, a multi-channel mortgage lender. "Our success was due to having clear implementation plans with our vendors and a team at Open Mortgage that was dedicated to the project,” he added...

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