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October 21, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

HUD-IG Bares Additional Penalties, Settlements, Actions Against Firms

The Department of Housing and Urban Development inspector general, over the last several weeks, has reported a series of final civil actions that resulted in an enforcement action or monetary settlement between an FHA lender and the federal government. On Oct. 6, the IG announced the results of an audit of TXL Mortgage Corp., a direct endorsement lender, in Houston. The audit found TXL in violation of HUD requirements and that it had no acceptable quality-control plan in place. Specifically, 16 of the 20 sample loans the IG reviewed did not comply with HUD standards. Of the 16 loans, eight had significant underwriting defects and failed to qualify for FHA mortgage insurance. Two loans qualified but were over-insured, according to the report. As a result, TXL exposed HUD to more than $713,000 in unnecessary insurance risk and caused the department to incur more than ...

October 14, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

RBS, State Of Connecticut Reach $120 Million Settlement Agreement over Legacy RMBS

RBS Securities has agreed to pay $120 million to the state of Connecticut to resolve an investigation into its underwriting of residential MBS shortly before the 2008 collapse of the financial markets. CT Attorney General George Jepsen and Department of Banking Commissioner Jorge Perez announced the agreement, which, they said, is the largest single settlement in Connecticut’s history. It also ends a four-year state investigation into RBS’s securities underwriting and due diligence practices. At issue were...

September 30, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

State-Licensed Mortgage Activity Increases in 2Q16

The volume of originations by state-licensed companies, number of active loan originators and number of mortgage companies all increased in the second quarter, according to an Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of data from the Conference of State Bank Supervisors. State-licensed lenders reported $266.55 billion in originations during the second quarter of 2016 (excluding reverse mortgages), marking the highest quarterly volume since the state regulators started collecting ...

September 30, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Trends

NY Proposes Expansive Cybersecurity Rules

Cybersecurity rules proposed by the New York Department of Financial Services this month are seen as the first of their kind from a state regulator and more prescriptive than guidance from the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council. The proposed standards would apply to a wide range of companies regulated by New York, including mortgage lenders and servicers. Under the proposal, financial institutions would be required to establish a cybersecurity program ...

September 23, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

PACE Guidance Not Reassuring, Too Many Uncertainties, Pitfalls

New FHA guidance for dealing with mortgages with a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) obligation went into effect last week but uncertainty lingers and its full impact remains to be seen, according to an industry attorney. The Department of Housing and Urban Development has issued guidance specifically allowing properties encumbered by a PACE lien to be eligible for FHA mortgage financing for both purchase and refinance loans. The department of Veterans Affairs has issued similar guidance. According to Erika Sonstroem, an attorney with the law firm Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, the PACE industry is touting the guidance in its pitches to lenders as posing no risk to mortgage investors. PACE is a program that lends money to homeowners for home-energy savings projects. It is treated much like a tax lien on a property and is included in the ...

September 19, 2016 - Inside the CFPB

CFPB Provides Guidance to CSBS on its Mortgage Rules

The CFPB recently provided some written guidance on its mortgage rules to the Conference of State Bank Supervisors. The guidance, in the form of a letter, highlights some of the important changes to the mortgage rules that likely apply to many of the small lenders that CSBS members supervise. The letter, a copy of which was obtained by Inside the CFPB, came in response to a meeting this spring between Texas Department of Banking Commissioner and CSBS Chairman Charles Cooper, members of the ...


After the November elections, how long will it take for a new Congress and White House to pass GSE reform legislation?

I’m confident a bill will be passed the first year.


2 to 3 years. GSE reform is complicated.


Sadly it won’t happen in a Clinton or Trump first term.


Not in my lifetime.


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