RESPA

Browse articles from all of our Newsletters related to RESPA.

August 14, 2017 - Inside the CFPB

TRID Related Deadlines for Amendments, Comments Now Set

The CFPB’s so-called TRID 2.0 amendments, and the related proposal to deal with the “black hole” problem – the limited ability of a lender to reset tolerances with a closing disclosure – were published in the Aug. 11, 2017, Federal Register. That act establishes Oct. 10, 2017, as the effective date of the TRID 2.0 amendments, as well as the comment deadline for the black hole proposal. The amendments, which were finalized in July, essentially codify the CFPB’s informal guidance on various issues and make additional clarifications and technical amendments. They also create tolerances for the total of payments, adjust a partial exemption mainly affecting housing finance agencies and nonprofits, and extend coverage of the Truth in Lending Act/Real Estate Settlement Procedures ...


August 14, 2017 - Inside the CFPB

Its Investigation Now Complete, CFPB Tells Zillow: Settle or Else

The CFPB has told Zillow, the online real estate database firm, to settle with the agency over alleged violations of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act or face an enforcement action, the company revealed last week in its 10-Q filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. “Based on correspondence from the CFPB in August 2017, we understand that it has concluded its investigation,” the firm said in its SEC disclosure. “The CFPB has invited us to discuss a possible settlement and indicated that it intends to pursue further action if those discussions do not result in a settlement.” At issue are certain co-marketing activities, which Zillow defended. “We continue to believe that our acts and practices are lawful and that ...


July 31, 2017 - Inside the CFPB

Reform to CFPB Mortgage Rules Needed to Attract Capital: PIMCO

If lawmakers and regulators are interested in bringing capital back to the private mortgage market and facilitating borrower access to credit in a responsible manner, they must make much-needed reforms to a handful of key mortgage rules promulgated by the CFPB, according to bond giant Pacific Investment Management Co. One recommended revision is eliminating the expansion of assignee liability for investors under the CFPB’s ability-to-repay rule. “Currently under the Dodd-Frank Act, mortgage investors are liable for mistakes made by lenders in the mortgage origination process for certain mortgage loans that are not deemed qualified mortgages,” said PIMCO. “Since investors have no role or discretion in the mortgage origination process, we believe this is not only nonsensical, but also has the ...


July 31, 2017 - Inside the CFPB

ABAs Not Dead Yet, as CFPB Suffers Another RESPA Blow

Earlier this month, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky ruled against the CFPB and in favor of a Kentucky law firm over allegations it paid kickbacks in violation of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act. The bureau accused the Borders & Borders law firm of Louisville, KY, and its principals, Harry Borders, John Borders Jr. and J. David Borders, of illegally paying kickbacks for real estate settlement referrals through a network of shell companies. The case began back in February 2011 when the Department of Housing and Urban Development notified the law firm it was being investigated for potential violations of RESPA’s anti-kickback provision. In April 2012, the CFPB advised Borders & Borders that it, rather ...


July 31, 2017 - Inside the CFPB

CMC Calls for Bureau to Provide More Servicing Clarifications

As the CFPB prepares to do the Dodd-Frank Act required assessment of its 2013 mortgage servicing rule under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, one industry trade group has urged the bureau to provide servicers with more regulatory guidance and clarifications of the current rule. The Consumer Mortgage Coalition said in a letter to the regulator that it has appreciated the opportunity to work with the bureau as it developed the final servicing requirements. “However, as the CFPB is aware, the final regulatory requirements are very prescriptive, yet unclear, and sometimes conflict with other statutory or regulatory requirements,” said the CMC. “In some areas of the regulation, the CFPB misunderstood the reason for the problems it was trying to solve ...


July 31, 2017 - Inside the CFPB

CFPB to Propose Substantive Changes to Servicing Rule

The CFPB plans to make some significant, but unspecified, changes to its mortgage servicing rule sometime this fall, in response to concerns raised by the industry, the bureau revealed in a blog posting about its latest semiannual rulemaking agenda, released earlier this month. The document is current as of April 1, 2017, and does not reflect the bureau’s issuance of its arbitration final rule, its assessments of its mortgage servicing rule under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act and its ability-to-repay rule, nor its proposed temporary increase in the institutional and transactional thresholds for home equity lines of credit. The agency said it is “considering concerns raised by industry participants regarding a few substantive aspects of the mortgage servicing rule ...


July 27, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Industry Officials Call for Revisions to CFPB’s Many Mortgage Regulations

While policymakers in Washington, DC, are paying renewed attention to housing-finance reform, some industry representatives took advantage of the opportunity provided by a related hearing on Capitol Hill to also urge changes be made to a number of the mortgage-related rules promulgated in recent years by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Bond giant PIMCO issued a report that called for a handful of key revisions to the mortgage regulatory landscape before any reform of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is undertaken. “To bring capital back to the private mortgage market and ensure credit is extended...


July 21, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

PIMCO Says Tackle Changes to Non-Agency Market, Then Do GSE Reform; Firm Critical of Plans Thus Far

Pacific Investment Management Company published an opinion piece this week calling for changes in the non-agency market before policymakers enact reforms that affect the government-sponsored enterprises. PIMCO was also critical of other GSE reform proposals. “Without a functioning private mortgage market, it will be nearly impossible for the GSEs to shrink their footprint without significant disruption to the housing market and to the underlying homeownership rate,” PIMCO said. PIMCO was...


July 20, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

CFPB Suffers Another RESPA Blow as Law Firm’s Affiliated Business Arrangement Validated by Court

Affiliated business arrangements may not be dead after all. Late last week, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky ruled that such a network at the heart of a lawsuit brought by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was in fact legitimate as constituted under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act. In this case, which the bureau brought four years ago, the agency accused the Borders & Borders law firm of Louisville, KY, and its principals, Harry Borders, John Borders Jr. and J. David Borders, of illegally paying kickbacks for real estate settlement referrals through a network of shell companies. According to the CFPB’s complaint, the law firm operated...


July 17, 2017 - Inside the CFPB

JPMorgan Details Reforms Needed to Mortgage Servicing Regulation

JPMorgan Chase told the CFPB it supports the bureau’s mission of protecting consumers and recognizes that regulatory guardrails are necessary to make sure mortgage servicers adequately address consumers’ needs. “However, certain provisions of Regulation X [which implements the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act] impose burdens on servicers that increase servicing costs and impact access to consumer credit without providing proportional benefits to consumers,” the servicer said. JPMorgan was one of the industry participants commenting on the CFPB’s proposal to start assessing the effectiveness of its mortgage servicing rules under RESPA. The financial institution went on to some of the problem areas in Reg X that still need to be addressed, one of which has to do with rules for loss...


July 17, 2017 - Inside the CFPB

Industry Suggests Improvements to Servicing Rule Assessment

Trade organizations representing the mortgage banking industry provided a number of important suggestions for the CFPB as it proceeds with a Dodd-Frank Act requirement to assess its mortgage servicing rules at the five-year mark. The first issue the American Bankers Association raised in this regard in its comment letter to the bureau was the scope of the assessment. “The CFPB should incorporate all of the servicing rules into its review, including the rules that implement the Truth and Lending Act and the amendments that the CFPB adopted to the servicing rules in 2016,” the ABA said – not just the rules promulgated under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act. The bureau also should take into account the rules’ effects upon consumers...


July 17, 2017 - Inside the CFPB

Bureau Issues Proposed Rule to Address TRID’s ‘Black Hole’

In addition to the so-called TRID 2.0 final rule, the CFPB recently issued a notice of proposed rulemaking related to what’s known in the mortgage industry as TRID’s “black hole,” which refers to situations in which a lender is not permitted to use a closing disclosure to reset fee tolerances. More specifically, the proposal addresses when a creditor may use a Closing Disclosure (CD), instead of a Loan Estimate (LE), to determine if an estimated closing cost was disclosed in good faith and within tolerance. Currently, lenders are permitted, under certain limited circumstances, to use revised estimates, instead of the estimate originally disclosed to the borrower, to compare to the charges actually paid by or imposed on the borrower in...


July 17, 2017 - Inside the CFPB

CFPB Codifies Final Changes to TRID, Permits Sharing of the CD

The CFPB recently published long-awaited updates to its “Know Before You Owe” integrated disclosure mortgage rule, finalizing, among other things, amendments on finance charge disclosures, disclosures tied to housing assistance that a borrower receives, and when information can be shared with third parties, including real estate agents. The KBYO rule took effect in early October 2015 as part of an effort to simplify disclosures under two laws: the Truth in Lending Act and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act. The lending industry commonly refers to the combined disclosures as TRID, short for TILA/RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule. In a statement on the amendments, the CFPB noted that TRID “changed the total of payments calculation so that it did not make specific...


July 13, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

CFPB Finally Issues TRID 2.0 Clarifying Final Rule, Decides to Handle the ‘Black Hole’ Separately

After a few months of delay, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau last week issued its long-awaited final rule clarifying a number of aspects of its integrated disclosure rulemaking under the Truth in Lending Act and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, otherwise known as TRID 2.0. The most noteworthy revisions relate to good faith and revised disclosures, calculating cash to close, construction-to-permanent loans, and the sharing of disclosures during the origination process. In terms of good faith and revised disclosures, the 2017 TRID rule provides...


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