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June 29, 2015 - Inside the CFPB

Vendor Update/Looking Ahead

DocMagic Says It Will be Ready for TRID, Delay or No Delay. Industry vendor DocMagic, Inc., based in Torrance, CA, announced recently that the CFPB’s proposed delay in implementing the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule will have no bearing on its plans to be ready to meet the bureau’s originally planned Aug. 1 due date. “The CFPB only stated that they will be issuing a ‘proposed amendment’ to delay the rule to Oct. 1, which means it could possibly finalize a shorter time period,” said Rich Horn, TRID legal advisor to DocMagic and former senior counsel and special advisor at the CFPB. Horn led the production of the 1,888 page final TRID rule and the design and consumer testing of ...


June 29, 2015 - Inside the CFPB

CFPB Proposes to Delay TRID Effective Date, Questions Remain

The CFPB last week formally proposed amending its integrated mortgage disclosure rule under the Truth in Lending Act and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act – the so-called TRID – to move the rule’s effective date to October 3, 2015, which would give the industry a two-month delay. Although the TILA-RESPA final rule was published on December 31, 2013, and received widespread public and Congressional attention, the bureau said it “recently discovered that it inadvertently had not submitted the rule report to Congress as required.” The bureau’s oversight came despite having 18 months to anticipate and plan for the submission. “Immediately upon discovering its error, the bureau submitted the rule report to both Houses of Congress and the Government Accountability Office on ...


June 26, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Handbook FAQs Hold No Surprises, But More Guidance Expected

The frequently-asked-questions guidance to using the FHA’s consolidated Single Family Policy Handbook is good to have though it shows just how complicated the FHA’s mortgage origination process is, according to lenders. In fact, the updated FHA handbook could still be confusing to borrowers simply because a lot more information is concentrated in one source, lenders said. According to the FHA, the more than 290 FAQs will enable lenders to make operation adjustments before the handbook goes into effect on Sept. 14, 2015. The FAQs are for information purposes only and do not apply to current FHA policies. They do not establish or modify policy contained in the handbook. The FAQs reiterate information in the handbook under headings such as Credit Underwriting, Closing and Insuring, FHA System Support and Consumer Information. Industry observers noted that the FAQs did not ...


June 25, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Industry Pleased With TRID Delay, But Still Prefers Long Implementation Period to Test and Adjust

Most segments of the mortgage industry were relieved to get a two-month reprieve from the effective date of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s integrated disclosures rule under the Truth in Lending Act and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act. The bureau this week formally proposed to move the effective date of the controversial new rule from Aug. 1 to Oct. 3. The CFPB said some delay is necessary because it was late in notifying Congress and the Government Accountability Office within 60 days of the rule’s effective date, as is required by the Congressional Review Act. Many in the mortgage industry still want...


June 19, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Trends

‘Manual’ Compliance With TRID Won’t Cut It

There is a surprising number of smaller mortgage lenders who think they can comply with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s pending integrated-disclosure rule with a substantial amount of manual practices and processes – as opposed to technological automation – and they may well be in for a rude awakening when the new rule kicks in. According to Rod Alba, senior regulatory counsel at the American Bankers Association, approximately one quarter of ...


June 18, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

CFPB Delays TRID Start Date Two Months, Giving Industry More Time to Grapple with Operational Issues

Despite having more than 21 months to admire its new integrated disclosure rule before it went into effect, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau this week found an “administrative error” that would require a two-week delay for the scheduled Aug. 1 launch date. The agency decided to add another six weeks to the delay, making the new effective date Oct. 1, 2015. The CFPB said the additional time is to “accommodate the interests of many consumers and providers whose families will be busy with the transition to the new school year.” What about getting ready...


June 15, 2015 - Inside the CFPB

Congressional Democrats Revive Defeated Reg-Relief Provisions

Democratic leadership in the Senate and the House have introduced the Community Lender Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act of 2015 as an alternative to the GOP-sponsored regulatory relief bill approved by the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee. Most of the provisions in the Democrat legislation were proposed as amendments to the Senate bill and rejected by the Republican majority. The Democrat bill would grant qualified-mortgage status for loans held in portfolio, but only for smaller financial institutions. Banks and credit unions with less than $2 billion in consolidated assets which originate fewer than 2,000 mortgages per year could make loans that exceed the 43 percent debt-to-income ratio under the QM standard and still receive safe harbor status ...


June 15, 2015 - Inside the CFPB

Be Wary of TRID? Not as Bad on Volumes as QM, Analysts Say

With the effective date of the CFPB’s TILA/RESPA Integrated Disclosures rule just weeks away, lender representatives continue appealing to Congress for formal enforcement relief, while vendors are scrambling to finish their work products and deliver them to clients in time for testing. But TRID may not be as bad as everyone seems to fear. “In conversation with industry participants, the actual impact of these rules is a key debatable point, with consensus believing that the rules may have a temporary drag on origination volumes in the second half of 2015,” said analysts at FBR Capital. But it will not be as drastic as the impact the qualified-mortgage rule had on origination volumes in the second half of 2014, they said. ...


June 15, 2015 - Inside the CFPB

CFPB Gets ‘Sensitive’ About TRID, But Industry Wants Congress to Act

Nearly a score of industry trade groups sent a letter last week to the leadership of the House Financial Services Committee, urging them to pass legislation to provide a reasonable hold-harmless period for enforcement of the CFPB’s TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosures (TRID) regulation for lenders trying to do their best to comply. “We appreciate that the bureau indicated it will be sensitive to the progress made by those entities that make good-faith efforts to comply,” the 19 groups said in a letter to Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-TX, and Ranking Member Maxine Waters, D-CA. “At the same time, the industry needs more certainty that their good-faith efforts to comply while still meeting consumers’ expectations do not expose lenders and settlement service ...


June 15, 2015 - Inside the CFPB

CFPB Nails Guarantee Mortgage For LO Compensation Violations

The CFPB earlier this month ordered Guarantee Mortgage Corp., an independently owned mortgage-brokerage firm and mortgage banker headquartered in San Rafael, CA, to pay a civil money penalty of $228,000 for allegedly violating the agency’s loan originator compensation rule. According to the notice of charges, the nonbank – which is in the process of liquidating – paid its LOs, in part, based on the interest rate of the loans they were bringing in. The payments took place between April 2011 and August 2012, the bureau said. The consumer regulator said the “compensation was funded by payments Guarantee made to marketing services entities owned in part by the company’s branch managers and other Guarantee loan originators.” During the relevant period, Guarantee Mortgage paid ...


June 15, 2015 - Inside the CFPB

Nonbank RPM Settles With CFPB For $19M in Test of LO Comp Rule

RPM Mortgage of Alamo, CA, recently agreed to pay the CFPB $19 million to settle allegations that it incentivized loan officers to steer borrowers into higher cost mortgages by “illegally” paying bonuses to them. Overall, RPM wound up paying “millions of dollars” in such bonuses, the CFPB said. (In 2011, the bureau banned such incentive payments under its loan originator compensation rule.) According to a civil complaint filed in Federal District Court for the Northern District of California, the privately held nonbank allowed LOs to use expense accounts to pay for pricing incentives to close the loans. “From April 2011 through December 2013, RPM allowed loan originators to use their expense accounts to finance thousands of pricing concessions that enabled ...


June 15, 2015 - Inside the CFPB

Is CFPB ‘Trying to Rewrite RESPA’ In Dramatic Action Against PHH?

The CFPB took an ominous administrative action against PHH Corp. earlier this month over its captive reinsurance activities. Industry critics cried foul and warned of a potentially ominous legal precedent that threatens long-standing legal interpretations that have shaped the mortgage lending landscape for years. “The CFPB is trying to rewrite the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act retroactively. It is stunning,” said one long-time industry lobbyist. “If the CFPB can illegally rewrite RESPA, they can attempt to rewrite TILA and other laws they choose.” The crux of the dispute is the bureau’s assertion that PHH violated RESPA by illegally referring borrowers to mortgage insurance companies in exchange for kickbacks. Back in January 2014, the CFPB initiated an administrative proceeding against PHH ...


June 11, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Industry Groups Appeal to Congress Again for Formal ‘Hold-Harmless’ TRID Enforcement Period

Nearly a score of industry trade groups sent a letter this week to the leadership of the House Financial Services Committee, urging them to pass legislation to provide a reasonable hold-harmless period for enforcement of the CFPB’s TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosures (TRID) regulation for lenders trying to do their best to comply. “We appreciate that the bureau indicated it will be sensitive to the progress made by those entities that make good-faith efforts to comply,” the 19 groups said in a letter to Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-TX, and Ranking Member Maxine Waters, D-CA. “At the same time, the industry needs...


June 11, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Lenders Frustrated with Reporting Requirements from State Regulators, Seek Delays and Limitations on Data Collection

Lenders pushed back against state regulators that are considering changes to the Nationwide Multistate Licensing System and Registry licensing forms and the Mortgage Call Report. The State Regulatory Registry, which operates nationwide systems for state regulators, received a total of 11 comments from individuals and organizations regarding a proposal issued in May. Lenders provided a few constructive suggestions along with voicing frustration regarding state regulators’ data collection efforts. Pete Mills, a senior vice president of residential policy and member services at the Mortgage Bankers Association, urged...


June 11, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

More Potential Trouble for Lender-Paid MI: Wisconsin Insurance Commissioner Asking Questions About It

The Office of the Wisconsin Insurance Commissioner has launched a preliminary investigation into lender-paid mortgage insurance, a revelation that is causing additional unease at private MIs. Sources confirmed to Inside Mortgage Finance this week that insurance regulators in the state are looking at what one official called discounting “practices” for the product. He added: “Wisconsin is asking them to name names: ‘Who are you giving discounts to, on what basis, etc.” This official, who did not want to go on the record regarding the matter, said...


June 11, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Industry Reps Concerned About CFPB’s Ominous Administrative Action Against PHH Mortgage

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau threw the book at PHH Corp. over its captive reinsurance activities, refuting a handful of court rulings, an administrative letter from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and several points made by an administrative law judge. CFPB Director Richard Cordray overrode a $6.4 million penalty set by an ALJ in the matter and ordered PHH to pay $109.2 million – all the mortgage insurance premiums it received from its captive reinsurer, Atrium, after July 2008, regardless of when the loan was originated. July 2008 was...


June 4, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

CFPB Says It Will be ‘Sensitive’ to Lenders on TRID Compliance, Suggesting Some Enforcement Leniency

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau indicated this week that it will be somewhat accommodating to mortgage lenders when it comes to enforcing the pending integrated disclosure rule under the Truth in Lending Act and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act. The agency confirmed in a blog post that it delivered a letter to members of Congress stating that its oversight of the TRID rule “will be sensitive to the progress made by those entities that have been squarely focused on making good-faith efforts to come into compliance with the rule on time.” The agency also said...


June 1, 2015 - Inside the CFPB

HMDA Final Rule Expected Sometime This Summer

The CFPB plans to release its long-awaited final rule to implement Dodd-Frank Act amendments to the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act in late summer, according to the bureau’s Spring 2015 rulemaking agenda, which was released late last month. “The proposal would help align the law with existing industry standards for collecting data on mortgage loans and applications,” said the agency. “It would also improve HMDA’s effectiveness through changes to institutional and transactional coverage, modifications of reporting requirements, and clarifications of existing regulatory provisions. We expect to release a final rule in late summer.” Elsewhere, the CFPB continues to be steadfast on the Aug. 1, 2015, effective date for its TILA/ RESPA integrated disclosure rule, and its latest rulemaking agenda betrays no ...


June 1, 2015 - Inside the CFPB

Regulatory Relief: Lenders, Don’t Get Too Excited Just Yet

Lenders are so amped up about the CFPB’s pending integrated disclosure rule and the host of other mortgage-related and other financial services regulations from the bureau that they can be forgiven for getting excited about the prospect of regulatory relief from sympathizers in Congress. However, the bill that made its way out of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, the Financial Regulatory Improvement Act of 2015, introduced by Sen. Richard Shelby, R-AL, is really just the first serious episode of what will likely be a series of mini-dramas to come in the weeks and months ahead. So lenders shouldn’t get their hopes up just yet, some observers suggest. “It’s a starter,” said Bob Davis, head of mortgage markets ...


June 1, 2015 - Inside the CFPB

Reg Relief Bill Aims to Expand QM Status, Tweaks Other Rules

The Republican version of regulatory relief legislation that passed out of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee recently revises a handful of CFPB rulemakings in a number of key areas, most notably in liberalizing the criteria for qualified mortgage status under the CFPB’s ability-to-repay rule. However, the lender/creditor would have to hold the loan in portfolio from its inception, or any acquirer of the loan must continue to hold it in portfolio. Additionally, the mortgage cannot have been acquired through securitization, nor can it have certain forbidden features, like negative amortization, interest-only provisions, or a loan term in excess of 30 years. Further, the lender would be required to document the borrower’s income, employment, assets and credit history...


June 1, 2015 - Inside the CFPB

TRID to Heighten Odds of Losses In U.S. RMBS, Moody’s Says

The pending TILA/RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule from the CFPB is going to raise the risk of losses for investors in U.S. residential mortgage-backed securities, according to a new report from Moody’s Investors Service. Currently, as Moody’s points out, RMBS trusts are liable for lender errors in calculating the finance charge, the annual percentage rate (APR) and certain other disclosures required by the Truth in Lending Act. However, they are not liable for errors on itemized settlement charges and other disclosures required by the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act. Further, under the current regime, TILA and RESPA each require lenders to deliver both an initial and a final disclosure to consumers. “Whether an assignee can be liable for lender errors ...


June 1, 2015 - Inside the CFPB

TRID Timing Requirements to Have ‘Profound Impact,’ Attorney Warns

The latest wave in the tsunami of rulemakings from the CFPB is the pending integrated disclosure rule under the Truth in Lending Act and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act. And just the timing aspects related to providing the consumer the loan estimate and the closing disclosure could cause havoc, a top industry attorney warned recently. According to Phillip Schulman, a partner in the Washington, DC, office of the K&L Gates law firm, the biggest problem with the TILA/RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule has to do with the timing requirements. “You have to give the loan estimate to the borrower within three business days of receiving the application, and no sooner than seven days before consummation or closing of the ...


June 1, 2015 - Inside the CFPB

Lenders Worry Manual Data Entry Will Result in TRID Errors

Yet another industry concern about the CFPB’s pending TILA/RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule has emerged. Technology vendor eLynx, based in Cincinnati, has determined that many lenders will be relying at least in part on manually entered data to create the CFPB-mandated Closing Disclosure (CD) after the Aug. 1, 2015, implementation of the new rule. According to the vendor, lenders are concerned that manual data re-entry will be a major cause of disclosure mistakes when the agency’s TRID rule takes effect. eLynx conducted a survey of the hundreds of lenders and settlement professionals currently using its services. “The results are alarming,” the company said. “Only 6 percent have a fully automated process for collecting property-related data from settlement service providers (SSPs).” ...


June 1, 2015 - Inside the CFPB

Congress Intensifies Pressure on CFPB Over TRID Enforcement

More than 250 members of the House of Representatives have signed onto a letter to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray, urging he institute a “grace period” of enforcement with the bureau’s pending integrated disclosure rule that takes effect Aug. 1, 2015. The lawmakers have joined the mortgage lending industry in calling for an ease on tight enforcement of the TILA/RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule from the Aug. 1 effective date through the end of the year. “[T]his complicated and extensive rule is likely to cause challenges during implementation, which is currently scheduled for Aug. 1, 2015, that could negatively impact consumers,” said the lawmakers. “As you know, the housing market is highly seasonal, with August, September and October ...


May 29, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

GNMA Cautiously Embraces New Entrants Despite Lingering Doubts

New entrants in the Ginnie Mae issuer community expand access to credit at lower cost, deepen the market for Ginnie mortgage servicing rights and help address the agency’s “too-big-to-fail” issue, said the agency’s top executive. “Our top concern is that issuers have the operational and financial strength to meet issuer/servicer obligations,” Tozer said during the recent secondary market conference sponsored by the Mortgage Bankers Association. The flood of new nonbank issuers into the program has been well documented. While they have diluted the heavy concentration of business in the hands of a few megabanks, many have complex financial structures that are less tested in the marketplace, he said. The pipeline of issuer applicants has dropped dramatically, the Ginnie executive reported. To get approved, an applicant has to show where the cash will come from to ...


May 29, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Fed Economist Suggests Insurance for Structured Finance Investors as a Way to Prevent Another Collapse of Market

A new analysis by an economist at the Federal Reserve suggests that the Dodd-Frank Act’s risk-retention requirements won’t adequately address the issues that caused the structured finance market to essentially freeze in 2007. A paper by Alyssa Anderson suggests a deposit insurance-like agreement between investors and private market firms or the government would better protect investors from losses and reduce ambiguity. She stressed that increased uncertainty about securities, the potential length and depth of a downturn and possible government intervention contribute to investors shying away from securitization markets. “Given the presence of ambiguity, the market freeze can persist...


May 22, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Economists See Lending Surge in Fuzzy Outlook

Mortgage originations are already off to a better start in 2015, and industry economists are predicting, on average, a 15 percent increase from last year’s sluggish output. But uncertain prospects in the housing market point toward a decline in mortgage originations next year, according to forecasters at the secondary market conference sponsored this week by the Mortgage Bankers Association. 2015 should bring the strongest housing sales volume since 2007, said Leonard Kiefer, deputy chief economist at Freddie Mac. Sales activity was decent over the winter, despite severe weather in many areas, but the market has yet to get back to normal. Freddie looks...[Includes one data table]


May 22, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Industry Disconnect Emerges on TRID Readiness

A dramatic disconnect has surfaced between different segments of the mortgage industry when it comes to being prepared to comply with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s pending integrated-disclosure rule. Professionals in the land title insurance side of the business are far more confident about their readiness than are depository institutions, recent surveys reveal. A survey conducted in April by the American Land Title Association found that 92 percent of respondents indicated their company will be prepared to implement the new loan estimate and closing disclosures and to comply with the CFPB’s regulation. That number isn’t as good as it seems, though. A much smaller 62.6 percent said they are on schedule for implementation. Another 29.4 percent conceded they are behind ...


May 21, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Analysts See Stronger Market in 2015, But Little Change In Fundamental Problems Facing the Mortgage Industry

Housing is showing some traction, but heavy regulation and enforcement continue to weigh on the mortgage market, according to analysts at this week’s secondary-market conference sponsored by the Mortgage Bankers Association in New York. Charles Gabriel, president of Capital Alpha Advisors, said there are some green shoots in the mortgage market, including signs of more home sales. But he characterized it as “a mature market that is suboptimized.” Lenders have paid massive penalties in lawsuits, he added, and there is no sign that they will expand the credit box. “U.S. Bank was asked...


May 18, 2015 - Inside the CFPB

Briefs: More and More TRID

CFPB Updates Mortgage Origination Examination Procedures to Reflect TRID. The CFPB has put out an updated version of its Supervision and Examination Manual’s Mortgage Origination examination procedures. The latest iteration features guidance on how its compliance examiners will examine loan disclosures and the terms of closed-end residential mortgages that are subject to the pending integrated disclosure rule under the Truth in Lending Act and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act. Of the manual’s eight modules, the updated TRID examination procedures are reflected in module #4. “Examiners should obtain and review a sample of complete loan files to assess the entity’s compliance,” states the new section of the manual. “If consumer complaints regarding mortgage origination and closing indicate potential violations of ...


May 18, 2015 - Inside the CFPB

Shelby Regulatory Relief Bill Includes ATR Fix for Portfolio Loans

Sen. Richard Shelby, R-AL, chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, released the text of his pending regulatory relief bill last week. Among a handful of CFPB-related provisions is one that would grant qualified mortgage status under the bureau’s ability-to-repay rule for residential loans held in portfolio. However, as per the draft Financial Regulatory Improvement Act of 2015, certain conditions would have to apply. To begin with, the lender/creditor would have to hold the loan in portfolio from its inception, or any acquirer of the loan must continue to hold it in portfolio. Additionally, the mortgage cannot have been acquired through securitization, nor can it have certain forbidden features, like negative amortization, interest-only provisions, or a loan ...


May 18, 2015 - Inside the CFPB

Most Title Industry Pros Will be Ready for TRID on Time: ALTA

Contrary to other segments of the mortgage industry, a huge majority of title professionals will be ready to play ball when the CFPB’s TILA/RESPA integrated disclosure rule goes live Aug. 1, 2015, according to a survey conducted by the American Land Title Association. “Ninety-two percent of our survey respondents indicated their company will be prepared to implement the new forms and comply with the CFPB’s regulation,” said Michelle Korsmo, ALTA’s chief executive officer. “The land title insurance industry has been a leader in preparing the real estate industry for the new disclosures and that is reflected in the preparedness of our members.” However, perhaps not so surprisingly, collaboration with lenders and real estate agents, and potential closing delays top the ...


May 18, 2015 - Inside the CFPB

Industry Uncertain About TRID Compliance Capabilities: ABA

Most of the mortgage industry cannot reliably confirm whether it will be ready to fully comply with the CFPB’s pending integrated disclosure rule, according to a new member survey by the American Bankers Association. Based on approximately 800 responses from bankers nationwide, “Our survey reveals that an overwhelming 74 percent of banks are using a vendor or consultants to assist with TRID implementation,” Bob Davis, head of mortgage markets at the ABA, said in a letter to CFPB Director Richard Cordray. Community banks in particular are highly dependent on the ability of vendors to deliver technology-related services that are critical to bank compliance efforts, according to Davis. “Interestingly, though, bankers from large institutions were over-represented in the survey, which implies ...


May 18, 2015 - Inside the CFPB

MBA Asks For More Guidance on Changes to the Closing Disclosure

The Mortgage Bankers Association continues to forward to the CFPB questions and requests for clarifications on a number of issues related to the bureau’s integrated disclosure rule that have yet to be adequately addressed, such as changes to the Closing Disclosure (CD) after scheduled closing. “There are limited options under the rule, in the event a lender has provided a closing disclosure and closing is delayed for unforeseen circumstances outside the lender’s and/or the borrower’s control,” said the MBA in correspondence to the bureau. Similarly, there may be borrower and seller changes to the purchase terms. “Under the current rule and commentary, the lender apparently has no ability to provide a revised Loan Estimate (LE) or CD and re-compute the ...


May 18, 2015 - Inside the CFPB

Cordray Angers Realtors Over Concerns About Closing Delays

CFPB Director Richard Cordray tried to reassure attendees at the National Association of Realtors’ trade expo last week that the impact of the bureau’s pending integrated disclosure rule isn’t going to be as dramatic as many fear – particularly the concern that the three-day disclosure requirement is going to delay loan closings. “The timing of the closing date is not going to change based on any problems you discover with the home on the final walk-through, even matters that may change some of the sales terms or require seller’s credits,” Cordray said. On the contrary, the bureau “listened carefully to your concerns” and limited the reasons for closing delays to only three narrow sets of circumstances. They are: any increases to ...


May 18, 2015 - Inside the CFPB

Cordray Sticks to His Guns, Won’t Yield on TRID Enforcement

CFPB Director Richard Cordray continues to appear steadfast in his refusal to accommodate the mortgage industry by providing some sort of soft enforcement period for the new integrated disclosure rule, which is set to kick in Aug. 1, 2015. In a recent letter to Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-MO, one of the members of Congress who has been pressing the director for some kind of an enforcement grace period, Cordray was too discreet to come right out and say “no” to members of Congress. Instead, he told the congressman that the bureau shares his desire for “a smooth and successful implementation of the integrated disclosure rule, and we continue to work closely with all stakeholders to support that goal.” Cordray then ...


May 18, 2015 - Inside the CFPB

Bipartisan Pressure Mounts For TRID ‘Hold-Harmless’ Period

If one of the sponsors of the Dodd-Frank Act supports giving mortgage lenders an enforcement break when the CFPB’s integrated disclosure rule kicks in later this year, you know something serious is afoot. Such is indeed the case. Rep. Brad Sherman, D-CA, one of the original backers of Dodd-Frank, has crossed the partisan aisle in the House Financial Services Committee to join Rep. Steve Pearce, R-NM, in introducing H.R. 2213. Their bill would grant lenders a temporary safe harbor from enforcement of the rule integrating the required mortgage disclosures under the Truth in Lending Act and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act. More specifically, H.R. 2213 would protect lenders from private lawsuits and regulatory enforcement actions through Dec. 31, 2015, ...


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