Tag Archives: mortgage

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 […]

7 Common “Qualified Mortgage” Myths

The CFPB’s Qualified Mortgage and Ability to Repay rules have been effective for just over a week, and there still seems to be confusion from both consumers and industry professionals.  While truthfully we will not know the full effects of these rules for some time, there has been a lot of speculation regarding how these […]

CFPB to Drop Enforcement Attorneys in Mortgage Lender Examinations

(OnlineEd – Portland, OR) Good news from the CFPB – they’re still not quite speaking softly, but starting in November at least, they’re leaving the big stick at home. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau confirmed earlier this month that enforcement attorneys would no longer be accompanying examiners in on-site exams of mortgage lenders. The CFPB […]

CFPB Releases Second Update Of Exam Procedures For Mortgage Rules

(CFPB – WASHINGTON, D.C.) On August 15, 2013 the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a second update to its exam procedures in connection with the new mortgage regulations issued in January 2013. The interim exam procedures offer valuable guidance to financial institutions and mortgage companies on what the CFPB will be looking for as […]

CFPB Finalizes April Clarifications to Mortgage Rules

Rule Will Improve Consumer Protections in Qualified Mortgages and Mortgage Servicing (CFPB, WASHINGTON, D.C.) — Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) finalized corrections, clarifications, and amendments to its Ability-to-Repay and mortgage servicing rules. Today’s clarifications were first proposed in April 2013 and reflect the Bureau’s commitment to facilitating implementation in order to better protect consumers. […]

Ten More States to Use Uniform Mortgage Test; 30 States Now Using the Test

(OnlineEd® – Portland, OR) The Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS)  today announced that an additional 10 state mortgage loan originator licensing agencies will begin using the National SAFE MLO test. This brings the total number of state agencies to 30 who are using the test.  The test was first made available on April 1, 2013, […]

The CFPB Issues Procedural Rule on Supervising Nonbanks That Pose Risks to Consumers

(CFPB -WASHINGTON, D.C.) —The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a rule that establishes procedures to bring under its supervisory authority certain nonbanks whose activities it has reasonable cause to determine pose risks to consumers. Nonbanks subject to the rule are companies that offer or provide consumer financial products or services but do not have […]

CFPB Issues Proposed Modifications to Mortgage Rules

The CFPB finalized several mortgage rules in January 2013 that are addressed by today’s proposal. The Ability-to-Repay rule protects consumers from irresponsible mortgage lending by requiring that lenders make a reasonable, good-faith determination that prospective borrowers have the ability to repay their loans. The mortgage servicing rules established strong protections for homeowners facing foreclosure, and the loan originator compensation rules address certain practices that incentivized steering borrowers into risky and/or high-cost loans. The CFPB also finalized rules that strengthened consumer protections for high-cost mortgages, and instituted a requirement that escrow accounts be established for a minimum of five years for certain higher-priced mortgage loans.

Use of a Uniform State Test For NMLS Licensing gets CFPB green light

The CFPB has validated the use of a Uniform State Test (UST) developed by the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and Registry (NMLSR) to satisfy SAFE Act testing requirements. The SAFE Act requires state-licensed MLOs to pass a written test developed by the NMLSR. The test must include questions that examine an applicant on ethics and […]

CFPB starts in on small businesses

If your small business has been operating under the “it won’t happen to me” assumption in regards to a CFPB audit, think again. The CFPB has repeatedly made it clear that they intend to audit everyone in the mortgage industry, regardless of size. They started with the bigger banks and mortgage lending institutions, but they’re […]