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January 16, 2017 - Inside the CFPB

Mortgage Complaints Keep Falling as Market Continues to Heal

Empirical evidence of the mortgage market’s recovery is still piling up, with the latest quarterly consumer complaint data from the CFPB showing that gripes about home loans fell in most categories tracked, both on a quarterly basis and year over year, according to a new analysis and ranking by Inside the CFPB. Consumer criticisms in the fourth quarter fell a solid 15.0 percent from the period ending Sept. 30, 2016. Finger pointing by borrowers fell on a YOY basis as well, but by a smaller 4.5 percent, the data show. With fewer and fewer borrowers underwater or in foreclosure these days, it should be no surprise that complaints about loan modification are down the most [With three exclusive data charts] ...

January 6, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Michigan Lender Agrees to Pay $48 Million to Resolve FCA Claims

United Shore Financial Services of Troy, MI, has agreed to pay $48 million to resolve allegations of FHA-related fraud, adding to the more than $7 billion in settlements and judgments the Department of Justice has collected since 2009. United Shore, parent company of United Wholesale Mortgage and Shore Mortgage, was accused of improperly originating mortgages and falsely certifying compliance with FHA requirements. Originated between Jan. 1, 2006, and Dec. 31, 2011, the loans eventually turned bad, resulting in significant losses to the FHA insurance fund. The complaint did not specify the number and total amount of the bad loans United Shore originated or the size of FHA’s losses on those loans. United Shore was charged with violation of the False Claims Act, becoming the latest financial institution to join a growing list of FHA lenders that have opted to settle, rather than litigate, ...

January 6, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHA to Implement Methodology for Finding, Classifying Loan Defects

The FHA this year will focus mainly on the completion and implementation of the Defect Taxonomy to help lenders easily identify and categorize loan defects found in FHA-insured loans. At least that was the plan announced by the outgoing Obama administration. The agency urged lenders to be on the lookout for detailed information about Defect Taxonomy and other process improvements in the coming months. “As we begin to implement these changes and transition from current processes, some lenders may experience a temporary decrease in loans selected for review,” the FHA noted in Lender Insight, which updates lenders on the latest rulemakings and policy changes. Announced in June last year, Defect Taxonomy is part of the Blueprint for Access, which embodies three core concepts: identifying a defect, capturing the sources and causes of a defect, and assessing the ...

December 16, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FL Court Finds HUD’s Face-to-Face Requirement a Vital Pre-Condition

A recent ruling by Florida’s Fifth Court of Appeal, if finalized, will affect any FHA foreclosure case that references the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s mandatory face-to-face interview with borrowers, according to industry attorneys. In Palma v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, Nat’l Ass’n, et al., the state appellate court found that HUD’s face-to-face interview requirement is “a condition precedent to foreclosure” for Florida mortgages that specifically incorporate the HUD regulation. Prior to the decision, no Florida appellate court has held that HUD’s requirement constitutes a condition precedent to foreclosure, according to attorneys with the Richmond, VA, law firm McGuireWoods. “Although this decision is not yet final and rehearing is likely, it has far-reaching impacts on the conditions and evidence required for foreclosure trials throughout Florida and is the ...

December 16, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

CFPB Slaps HECM Lenders with Combined Fines for Deceptive Ads

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has fined three reverse-mortgage lenders $790,000 in combined civil penalties to resolve charges of deceptive advertising to consumers. The bureau also ordered American Advisors Group (AAG), Reverse Mortgage Solutions (RMS) and Aegean Financial to stop the misleading ads and to implement compliance plans that include an advertising compliance policy. The misleading ads allegedly violate the federal Mortgage Acts and Practices – Advertising Rule (Regulation N) and the Dodd-Frank Act. AAG is the largest originator of FHA-insured reverse mortgages in 2016, with a 13.9 percent share of the HECM market. RMS third with a 4.11percent share, while Aegean, in 27th place, accounts for 0.48 percent. The three lenders allegedly ran ads that similarly misrepresented that a consumer with a reverse mortgage could not lose the ...

December 12, 2016 - Inside the CFPB

Mortgage Complaints Drop 8.2 Percent From Last Year

Consumer complaints to the CFPB about their mortgages fell by 8.2 percent in the August to October 2016 period compared to the same time frame a year ago, according to a new report from the CFPB. The bureau registered 11,587 borrower gripes about mortgages during the August-October 2015 period, the agency’s latest monthly consumer complaint report indicates. One year later, that total had fallen to 10,642. Criticisms about virtual currency dropped even more, by 66.7 percent, and those related to prepaid accounts plunged further by 67.2 percent. That being said, mortgage complaints are still among the top three topics the bureau receives gripes about, after debt collection and credit reports. (With one data graph and two data charts.)


HUD has announced a 25 basis point cut in FHA premiums, which is slated to take effect in late January. Is your lending shop for or against a cut in FHA premiums?

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