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November 13, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Relaxing Re-disclosure Timing Requirement to Three Days Would Best Serve Consumers, Industry Says

One key point that much of the mortgage lending industry is contesting in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s proposed amendments to its integrated disclosure final rule is the timing requirement for re-disclosing the loan estimate. The proposal would amend a final rule to integrate disclosures required by the Truth in Lending Act and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act that itself won’t be implemented until August 2015. The CFPB tried to make the so-called TRID more workable by giving lenders more time to revise loan estimate disclosures. Revisions based only on changes in rates would have to be made by the next business day after the rate locks, instead of on the same day, which is the current requirement. A number of lender representatives told...

November 10, 2014 - Inside the CFPB

Worth Noting/The Week Ahead

Disparate Impact Theory of Legal Liability Struck Down. Last week, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dealt a heavy blow to the position of the Department of Housing and Urban Development – as well as the CFPB – that disparate impact claims are cognizable under the Fair Housing Act. In American Insurance Association v. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the judge struck down HUD’s disparate impact rule, determining that the Fair Housing Act prohibits “disparate treatment only.” In promulgating its disparate impact rule, the court said HUD exceeded its authority under the Administrative Procedures Act. “The ruling is in line with what we have long believed the law to be and consistent with what we argued in ...

November 10, 2014 - Inside the CFPB

Castle & Cooke Mortgage Files For Dismissal in RESPA, TILA Dispute

Castle & Cooke Mortgage late last month filed a motion to dismiss a putative class-action brought by one of the aggrieved parties who had already been compensated under the terms of the settlement the lender reached late last year with the CFPB. In Luis Cabrales v. Castle & Cooke Mortgage LLC, plaintiff Luis Cabrales contends that the lender improperly compensated its loan officers by giving them bonuses for putting customers in more expensive loans than what they qualified for. The plaintiff sued for violation of the Truth in Lending Act – a claim that Castle & Cooke is not challenging at this point. However, Cabrales also brought other causes of action: violation of Section 8 of the Real Estate Settlement Practices ...

November 10, 2014 - Inside the CFPB

Sidestep Common Pitfalls to Avoid UDAAP Enforcement Actions

There are a host of legal land mines that mortgage lenders must avoid if they want to keep from becoming the target of a CFPB enforcement action under its unfair, deceptive or abusive acts or practices (UDAAP) authority, according to top legal experts. Andrea Mitchell, a partner with the BuckleySandler law firm, told attendees at an Inside Mortgage Finance webinar last week that there are a number of representations lenders should stay away from in their marketing pitches. “Say what you mean and mean what you say,” Mitchell said. She then rattled off a list of potentially problematic terms to avoid, such as “free” or “no cost,” “best rates available,” “fastest” or “faster than…,” “improve/repair your credit” or “eliminate your ...

November 10, 2014 - Inside the CFPB

Empowered GOP Likely to Raise Pressure on CFPB Come January

The consensus among political observers is that last week’s big Republican wave on Election Day will result in a lot more political bluster from critics of the CFPB on Capitol Hill. However, it’s unlikely to have enough short-term intensity or long-term staying power to effect any big changes that could get past the veto pen of a strongly supportive President Barack Obama. “While there may be a push for the elimination of the CFPB, such a change is highly unlikely given the [Obama] administration’s support for the bureau,” the American Bankers Association said in a post-election analysis. “Expect increased scrutiny in the Senate on the CFPB’s proposals and a continued push to change the structure of the CFPB from a ...

November 10, 2014 - Inside the CFPB

Consumer Advocates Want CFPB To Demand More in HMDA Rule

Consumer advocacy groups say the CFPB isn’t going far enough to expand mortgage industry reporting requirements under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act. The California Reinvestment Coalition and 41 other state organizations suggested a handful of changes to the proposal, each of which would likely add to the reporting burden for companies. Among the changes the California groups want is requiring loan modification data to be reported by banks and servicers, along with disaggregating the overly broad “Asian” race category to allow for more accurate reporting. They also would like to see the CFPB capture more information about languages spoken during a loan transaction, and have companies disclose if a borrower is going to own a property with somebody who is ...

November 10, 2014 - Inside the CFPB

Industry Wants Lighter HMDA Burden, Groups Tells CFPB

Now that the mortgage lending industry has had about three months to comb through the details of the CFPB’s proposed expansion of reporting requirements under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, it has found more cause to dislike it than upon first glance. “While we support the purpose of HMDA – to provide information on the availability of credit in the home mortgage market – we are concerned that the proposal to markedly increase HMDA data reporting and coverage goes beyond the law’s purposes in some areas and will unduly harm competition and increase costs in others,” a handful of leading industry groups told the bureau in a joint comment letter last week. “At the same time, we do not believe that the ...

November 7, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

HUD Rejects CFPB’s QM Cure Provision

The Department of Housing and Urban Development will not take on the new points-and-fees cure provision for qualified mortgages adopted by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The agency is concerned that lenders might inadvertently violate the FHA’s statutory 3.5 percent downpayment requirement. HUD adopted other changes in the CFPB’s revised final rule on ability to repay and qualified mortgages (ATR/QM) to maintain consistency but saw no need for any further ability to cure points-and-fees errors. Reimbursement of any excess points and fees to the borrower could take away from the mandatory 3.5 percent downpayment and render the loan ineligible for FHA insurance, the agency explained in a notice published in the Nov. 3 Federal Register. HUD said it would provide lender guidance under its own QM rule on ...

November 6, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Lessons Learned From Enforcement Trends Help Lenders Cope With New UDAAP Environment

As mortgage lenders continue to feel their way around the world of unfair, deceptive or abusive acts or practices (UDAAP) as defined by the Dodd-Frank Act and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, there is much they can learn from a close examination of recent enforcement actions. During a webinar this week sponsored by Inside Mortgage Finance, Mercedes Tunstall, a partner with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, said CFPB consent orders show that the bureau is watching telemarketing practices very closely. The CFPB is...

November 6, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Lenders Strongly Oppose Proposal from State Regulators to Increase Reporting Requirements

A proposal from the Conference of State Bank Supervisors to increase reporting requirements on state mortgage call reports has been met with strong resistance from a number of lender trade groups. In October, the CSBS proposed collecting additional quarterly information regarding qualified mortgages and servicing, among other data submitted as part of the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and Registry’s mortgage call report. The comment period closed late last week. “We join...

October 31, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Critics Find Plenty to Stew Over in New Risk- Retention Requirements for MBS and ABS

Participants in the residential mortgage market were largely pleased with the risk-retention requirements finalized last week for certain non-agency MBS. However, the requirements, which also cover commercial MBS and other ABS, drew a wide range of criticism from others. “The short version is that the rule doesn’t require meaningful credit risk retention where it counts, and imposes significant market-shaping safe-harbor requirements where skin in the game isn’t so important,” said Adam Levitin, a professor of law at the Georgetown University Law Center. He noted...

October 30, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Injecting Unrealistic Data Integrity Standards into HMDA Could Cause Havoc, Industry Tells CFPB

Mortgage lending industry representatives urged the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to establish workable data integrity standards as it substantially expands reporting requirements under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act. “Our members are committed to reporting accurate data and strive to do so, but the current supervisory expectation of a near-zero error rate is virtually impossible to achieve,” said six industry trade groups said in a joint comment letter. “As community banks and other small lenders pointed out to the bureau during the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act panel, the doubling of the number of reported fields can be expected to cause the error rate to increase exponentially.” Some small business participants raised...

October 27, 2014 - Inside the CFPB

Worth Noting/Comments Due This Week

It’s Official: QRM = QM. Last week, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development adopted a final version of their risk-retention rule for securitized mortgages. Under the new rule, the definition of a “qualified residential mortgage” (QRM) will be no broader than the definition of the “qualified mortgage” (QM) as promulgated by the CFPB in its ability-to-repay rule. Mortgage lending industry representatives were generally pleased with the move. Independent analysts said they expected the near-term impact of the QRM to be quite limited. However, others noted that the development does place a ...

October 27, 2014 - Inside the CFPB

Castle & Cooke Now Facing Class Action From Prior Claimants

The $13 million settlement reached between the CFPB and Castle & Cooke Mortgage Co. back in November 2013 was not the end of the dispute for the mortgage lender. It now faces a possible class-action lawsuit brought by one of the aggrieved parties who had already been compensated under the terms of the settlement with the bureau. Homeowner Luis Cabrales, on behalf of himself and perhaps in excess of 9,500 similarly situated individuals, recently filed his complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, Fresno Division. The class, so far, has not been certified. The legal argument is that the applicable statutes of limitation of the claims alleged in the new complaint were “tolled” (suspended or ...

October 24, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Jumbo Production Remains Concentrated in CA

California continued to dominate jumbo originations in 2013, according to an Inside Nonconforming Markets analysis of data from the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act. The $96.74 billion in jumbos originated in California in 2013 accounted for 36.9 percent of total jumbo production during the year. The analysis defines jumbos as loans that exceed a county’s government-sponsored enterprise loan limit for 1-unit mortgages. If the county isn’t available, data cover ... [Includes one data chart]

October 24, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Final Rule Setting Risk-Retention Requirements For Non-Agency MBS Features Broad Exemptions

Six federal regulators approved a final rule this week setting risk-retention requirements for residential MBS transactions, exempting the entire agency MBS universe and non-agency securities backed by qualified mortgages. There is not that much left. The risk-retention requirements for residential mortgages will take effect one year after the final rule is published in the Federal Register, which is expected shortly. Regulators opted to align the definition for qualified-residential mortgages with the standards established by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for QMs. The sponsor of a non-agency MBS that includes non-QRMs will have to retain at least 5.0 percent of the balance of the security, as required by the Dodd-Frank Act. In 2011, federal regulators proposed...

October 23, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Top HMDA Mortgage Lenders in 2013

October 23, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Consumer Who Benefited From CFPB Consent Order Against Castle & Cooke Files Class Action

In what may be a first, an individual borrower who received compensation under the terms of the consent order the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau brought against Castle & Cooke Mortgage late last has since filed a class-action lawsuit. The litigation was brought on the basis of the same alleged violations of the Truth in Lending Act, the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act and state law as were documented in the bureau’s enforcement action. Homeowner Luis Cabrales, on behalf of himself and “all others similarly situated,” recently filed...

October 23, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Change in Control of Capitol Hill Could Spur Some Legislative Activity; GSE Reform Still Lacks Traction

If Republicans take control of the U.S. Senate in the upcoming elections, Congress next year may actually produce some mortgage-related legislation, according to political analysts participating on a panel at the Mortgage Bankers Association’s annual convention in Las Vegas this week. Any successful legislation will be narrowly targeted and not address complex problems like building a new mortgage finance system or resolving the status of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, analysts agreed. Over the last four years, the Democrats’ top priority has been preserving...

October 17, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Limited in Its Authority, CFPB Criticizes Student Loan Securitization, Incentives and Servicing

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was critical this week of aspects of the student loan securitization process as well as servicer performance as it issued its latest annual report on private student-loan borrowing. The report analyzed more than 5,300 private student loan complaints between Oct. 1, 2013, and Sept. 30, 2014, an increase of 38 percent over the previous year. “Lending practices in the private student-loan market in the years preceding the financial crisis shared...

October 16, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

CFPB Throws Industry a Few Bones on TRID Rule; Are There More to Come and, If So, Exactly When?

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau last week proposed two narrow revisions to its complex mortgage origination disclosure rule, leaving the industry guessing what further changes could come as lenders gear up to implement a massive rule known as TRID: the Truth-in-Lending/Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act integrated disclosure. For most lenders, the most significant proposed change would relax the requirement that lenders provide a revised loan estimate on the same day that a consumer’s rate is locked. After considering industry feedback, CFPB staff concluded that such a short turnaround may be challenging for lenders that allow consumers to lock interest rates late in the day or after business hours. This could mean...

October 16, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

State Regulators Propose Major Expansion Of Data Collection for Lending, Servicing

State regulators recently proposed expanding the data that state-licensed lenders must report on the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and Registry’s mortgage call report. The State Regulatory Registry said the data help state regulators supervise licensees, determine examination schedules, monitor compliance and calculate assessments. The SRR was established by the Conference of State Bank Supervisors and the American Association of Residential Mortgage Regulators. The SRR owns and operates the NMLS and has required state-licensed lenders to submit quarterly call report data since 2011. On Oct. 1, the SRR proposed...[Includes one data chart]

October 13, 2014 - Inside the CFPB

CFPB Updates Mortgage Rules Readiness Guide, Including TRID

In another bid to help mortgage bankers better assess their compliance capabilities, the CFPB has updated its mortgage rules readiness guide to include the Truth in Lending Act and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act integrated mortgage disclosures, otherwise known as “TRID.” Version 3.0 of the guide, dated September 2014, summarizes the mortgage rules finalized by the CFPB as of Aug. 1, 2014, but it is not a substitute for the rules. “Only the rules and their official interpretations can provide complete and definitive information regarding their requirements,” the bureau reminds. Each rule description includes a hyperlink with additional information, including Small Entity Compliance Guides, which may make the rule easier to digest. The guide consists of four parts: a summary of the rules ...

October 13, 2014 - Inside the CFPB

Dodd-Frank Rules Uniquely Affecting Manufactured Housing

The CFPB issued a report earlier this month finding, more often than not, that owners of manufactured homes pay higher interest rates for their loans than borrowers whose homes were built onsite. “In 2012, about 68 percent of all manufactured-housing purchase loans were considered ‘higher-priced mortgage loans,’ compared with only 3 percent of site-built home loans,” the CFPB said. Two out of three manufactured-home owners eligible for mortgages finance with more expensive personal property (“chattel”) loans instead. That’s good and bad. On the one hand, chattel loans have lower origination costs and quick closing timelines, as the bureau noted. But on the other hand, they also have “significantly fewer consumer protections than mortgage loans,” the bureau said. For example, only ...

October 13, 2014 - Inside the CFPB

CFPB Proposes Updates to TILA/RESPA Final Rule

The good news is the CFPB is proposing updates to its integrated disclosure final rule under the Truth in Lending Act and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act. The bad news is the CFPB is proposing updates to its integrated disclosure final rule under the Truth in Lending Act and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act. The final rule – commonly known as the “TRID” – has been high on the mortgage lending industry’s list of concerns ever since it came out nearly a year ago. And with every rule issued, there are calls from one segment of the industry or another for various additions, deletions or modifications. As happy as industry representatives are when the CFPB makes such a concession, they ...


What is it going to take to convince lenders to loosen the credit box (i.e., remove underwriting overlays)?

The recent rep and warranty changes announced by the Federal Housing Finance Agency should go a long way in protecting lenders from future buybacks and help expand mortgage credit.
There won’t be any significant elimination of underwriting overlays until the government stops seeking huge mortgage-related penalties and settlements from lenders.
There shouldn’t be any expansion of the mortgage credit box since looser underwriting is what caused the recent mortgage crisis.

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