Tag Archives: compliance management

Realty Firm to Pay $500,000 for Disclosure Violations Suggesting Buyers Use a Specific Title/Closing Company

(Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd)  The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently ordered RealtySouth, the largest real estate firm in Alabama, to pay $500,000 for inadequate disclosures that could leave consumers unaware of their rights to choose service providers during the home-buying process. The practices identified by the CFPB’s investigation illegally benefited TitleSouth LLC, an affiliated company owned […]

CFPB Report Shows Complaints Rose 80 Percent in 2013

The number one most complained about consumer product was mortgages, accounting for 37 percent of overall complaints. For these approximately 60,000 complaints, consumers were most concerned with problems when they were unable to pay, such as issues relating to loan modifications, collections, or foreclosures. Credit reporting: The number three most complained about category was credit reporting, accounting for about 15 percent of overall complaints. For the approximately 24,000 complaints about credit reporting, nearly three out of four consumers were concerned with incorrect information on their credit report.

CFPB Orders Connecticut Lender to Pay $83,000 Civil Penalty

(Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – Washington, D.C.) Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ordered a Connecticut mortgage lender, 1st Alliance Lending, LLC (First Alliance), to pay an $83,000 civil money penalty for violating federal law by illegally splitting real estate settlement fees. First Alliance self-reported these violations to the Bureau, admitted liability, and provided information related […]

Oregon Amends Provisions of Foreclosure Avoidance Notice

(Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd – Portland, OR) Oregon has amended the provisions of its Foreclosure Avoidance Notice by providing for the form and content of the notice when a lender determines that a homeowner is not eligible for foreclosure avoidance measures or has not complied with an already agreed upon avoidance measure. The form [Form 20] requires […]

CFPB Seeks Constent Order Against Castle & Cooke for $13 Million

(CFPB – WASHINGTON, D.C.)  The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) today announced a proposed consent order in its enforcement action against Castle & Cooke Mortgage, LLC, for allegedly steering consumers into costlier mortgages. The Bureau has asked a federal district court to approve a consent order that would provide more than $9 million in restitution for […]

In Wake of Audits CFPB Issues HMDA Bulletin to Put Banking Industry on Notice

(OnlineEd – Portland, OR) – To date, the CFPB has conducted HMDA (Home Mortgage Disclosure Act) reviews at dozens of mortgage lenders, both bank and nonbank. In the wake of these audits, the Bureau has issued an industry wide bulletin to help banks and nonbanks realize the importance of accurate reporting, effective HMDA compliance management […]

CFPB Takes Action Against Banks and NonBanks for Inaccurate Mortgage Loan Reporting

(CFBP – Washington, D.C.) –  Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) ordered Mortgage Master, Inc. and Washington Federal to pay civil penalties for violating the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA), which requires certain mortgage lenders to accurately collect and report data about home mortgage loans. Mortgage Master will pay $425,000 and Washington Federal will […]

Off-the-Shelf Mortgage Industry Policies and Procedures Templates Provide Affordable Solution

(OnlineEd – Portland, OR) – Mortgage education provider OnlineEd has developed industry standard policies and procedures templates to help mortgage companies comply with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) requirement for mortgage companies to have written policies and procedures in place and reviewed by all of their employees. Their easy-to-use system allows for subscribers to upload […]

CFPB Report Finds Many Nonbanks Lack Robust Compliance Systems

(CFPB – WASHINGTON, D.C.) — Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a report detailing mortgage servicing problems at banks and nonbanks. The report also found that many nonbanks lack robust systems for ensuring they are following federal laws. “Our examinations of banks and nonbanks allow us to correct problems before more consumers are affected,” […]

CFPB Releases Informative Videos on YouTube

Confused about the CFPB’s January 2013 new mortgage rules? Don’t have an afternoon to read a series of .pdf files? Check out the new videos that the CFPB just posted on YouTube. “We’re trying to make our rules more understandable and more user-friendly, setting out as clearly as we can what you need to know, […]