The Hartford, CT-based firm is accused of using unlicensed employees to engage in mortgage origination activities in violation of the Truth in Lending Act. The bureau is seeking injunctions against the defendants, as well as damages, redress and penalties.
The FDIC’s community bank study shows that an unusually high percentage of small community banks reduced their residential holdings after the 2008 financial crisis. Reason: high compliance costs due to the large volume of new mortgage rules.
The CFPB finalized its qualified-mortgage revisions to replace the 43% debt-to-income ratio with a pricing threshold. Meanwhile, the agency also finalized its “seasoned” QM rule allowing certain non-agency loans to become QMs if they meet performance requirements.
Industry groups and consumer advocates have asked the CFPB to provide guidance on how lenders can affirmatively advertise to disadvantaged groups while staying in compliance with fair lending laws and regulations.
The final rule outlines the steps collectors must take to inform borrowers about an existing debt and prohibits vendors from bringing legal action over time-barred claims. But neither industry nor consumer groups are happy.