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Volume 25 - Number 10

May 12, 2014

CFPB Throws Mortgage Industry a QM Bone, Proposes ‘Right to Cure’

The mortgage lending industry caught a break recently when the CFPB proposed a much-sought “right to cure” a mortgage that would otherwise be considered a qualified mortgage under the bureau’s ability-to-repay rule, except for an inadvertent deviation from the 3 percent points-and-fees cap. The points and fees charged to a consumer on a QM loan generally cannot exceed 3 percent of the loan principal, with higher thresholds specified for various categories of loans below $100,000. If a lender believes, in good faith, that it has offered a QM but afterwards discovers that it has exceeded the 3 percent cap, the proposed rule issued by the CFPB lays out limited circumstances under which the excess can be refunded and still have...

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