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CFPB Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Revising General Qualified Mortgage Definition

On March 3, 2021, the CFPB issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to delay the mandatory compliance date for the revised General Qualified Mortgage Rule from applications received on or after July 1, 2021 to applications received on or after October 1, 2022

As we reported in January, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced two final rules at the end of 2020 to complete its planned revisions to the TILA ability-to-repay (ATR) rule. One adds an additional category to the General Qualified Mortgage (QM) Rule, while the other creates a new QM category for seasoned mortgages (the Seasoned Mortgage Rule).  Both Rules were to take effect on March 1, 2021, and compliance with the General Qualified Mortgage Rule would have been mandatory for applications received on and after July 1, 2021.

On March 3, 2021, the CFPB issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to delay the mandatory compliance date for the revised General Qualified Mortgage Rule from applications received on or after July 1, 2021 to applications received on or after October 1, 2022. During this interim period, assuming that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac do not leave FHFA conservatorship, both the current General QM definition (including the GSE Patch) and the new General QM definition would be available to lenders. The CFPB’s stated reason for the delay is to ensure the broadest possible access to credit for consumers, many of whom are struggling financially because of the effects of COVID-19.

Please note that, on April 8, 2021, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced that they have received guidance from FHFA, their conservator, that they may only purchase loans originated under the GSE Patch with application dates on or before June 30, 2021, and with either whole loan sale dates on or before August 31, 2021 or MBS pool
issue dates on or before August 1, 2021.

The NPRM does not address the Seasoned Mortgage Rule, although we expect an NPRM from the CFPB revising or even revoking it in the near future. The CFPB has set a deadline of April 5, 2021 to accept comments on the General QM Rule NPRM.

This and other news regarding current regulatory updates can be found on the CFPB's website, cfpb.gov.

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