Regulatory Updates

CFPB Files Discrimination Suit Against Non-Bank Lender

On July 15th, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) filed suit against a non-bank lender based in Chicago, alleging violations of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA); its implementing regulation, Regulation B; and the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA).

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CFPB Announces Proposed Rulemaking on GSE Patch

On June 22nd, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced two separate notices of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to address the coming expiration of TILA qualified mortgage (QM) status for the ‘GSE Patch,’ meaning loans acceptable for sale to government-sponsored entities (GSEs).

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CFPB Releases Revised ECOA Valuations Rule Factsheets

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently published two Factsheets, available below, outlining lender obligations under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) Valuations Rule.

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MISMO Announces Certification Program for Remote Online Notarization

On April 22nd, the Mortgage Industry Standards Maintenance Organization (MISMO) announced a certification program for remote online notarization (RON) providers, designed to increase adoption of RON-enabled digital mortgage closings.

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CFPB Issues Request for Information to Assist Consumer Financial Protection Law Taskforce

Several months ago, we reported on the CFPB’s establishment of a taskforce that would make recommendations on how to harmonize, modernize and update federal consumer financial laws.

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Texas and Remote Online Notarization Update

Texas Amends Conditional Approval and Conditional Pre-Qualification Letter The Texas Finance Commission has amended the loan status forms to be provided as written confirmation of conditional qualification (“Conditional Pre-Qualification Letter”) and of loan application approval on the basis of credit...

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CFPB Issues Final Rule Raising Data Reporting Thresholds Under HMDA

On Thursday, April 16, the CFPB announced an amendment to Regulation C raising the loan-volume coverage thresholds for financial institutions reporting data under the Home Mortgage Reporting Act (HMDA).

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CFPB Issues Statement on Credit Reporting in Light of the CARES Act

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) issued a policy statement outlining the responsibility of credit reporting companies and furnishers in light of the recently enacted Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”). The CFPB indicated it will take...

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GSE COVID-19 Update

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the “GSE’s”) have issued additional guidance related to COVID-19 in an attempt to address lender’s concerns. The newest guidance from Fannie Mae in an update to Lender Letter 2020-3 provides additional information in the following...

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Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Address Transition from LIBOR to SOFR

The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced the process by which Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (GSEs) plan to transition from the use of LIBOR (London Interbank Offered Rate) to SOFR (Secured Overnight Financing Rate) as the standard index rate for...

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