Mortgage and Home Equity

Mortgage and home equity products have received increased regulatory and legislative scrutiny over the past few years. Historically, CBA has focused on home equity as a major retail product of our members. However, the Dodd-Frank Act’s elimination of federal preemption standards previously afforded to operational subsidiaries has forced many depository institutions to internalize their primary mortgage products, making them a more traditional retail issue. CBA is focused primarily on the efforts of the CFPB to regulate in this space, including TILA-RESPA reform, Qualified Mortgage (QM) rulemaking, and Dodd-Frank Title 14 rulemaking.
  • April 19, 2016
    On April 19, 2016, Reps. Randy Hultgren (R-IL), Andy Barr (R-KY), and Mia Love (R-UT) introduced H.R. 4993, the Homeowner Information Privacy Protection Act (HIPPA). The bill would require the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct a study regarding the impact on consumer privacy resulting from new information collected under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA). The information...
  • April 7, 2016
    April 7, 2016 The Honorable Richard Shelby Chairman, Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs United States Senate Washington, D.C. 20510 The Honorable Sherrod Brown Ranking Member, Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs United States Senate Washington, D.C. 20510 Dear Chairman Shelby and Ranking Member Brown: The Consumer Bankers Association (CBA) [1] appreciates the Banking...
  • April 7, 2016
    CFPB Webinar on TRID Issues The CFPB announced (on Thursday, April 7, 2016) a webinar will take place next Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at 2 p.m. EST to answer some common questions about the Know Before You Owe mortgage disclosure rule. The webinar will be hosted by the Federal Reserve and will address specific questions that various stakeholders have raised to the CFPB related to the interpretation...
  • April 1, 2016
    Fifth Third Bank in Cincinnati is offering a teaser rate to new home equity line of credit borrowers through July 31. The $141 billion-asset company said the special offer comes with a fixed introductory annual percentage rate of 1.99% for six months for customers with a credit score of 750 or more. After the introductory period, the HELOC adjusts to a variable rate which could have an APR as low...
  • March 31, 2016
    As home values rise and the housing market improves, home equity lines of credit are becoming more popular again. Demand for these loans substantially decreased during the housing crisis. However, now they are making a major comeback as the preferred type of loan for consumers who have more equity in their homes and have stayed in them longer than anticipated. Home equity lines of credit are...
  • March 21, 2016
    March 21, 2016 Dear Speaker Ryan and Minority Leader Pelosi: Our organizations are writing to express our strong support for S.2393, the Foreclosure Relief and Extension for Servicemembers Act of 2015. We appreciate the House taking up this positive legislation which restores and extends the one-year protection from foreclosure for military personnel leaving active duty under the Servicemembers...
  • March 21, 2016
    On Monday, March 21, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved S. 2393 , the Foreclosure Relief and Extension for Servicemembers Act of 2015. CBA joined other trade associations in sending a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) expressing support for the legislation which would extend through 2017 an expired provision providing one...
  • March 17, 2016
    On Thursday, March 17, 2016, Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Patty Murray (D-WA), and Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced legislation to expand Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) protections. Specifically, the bill would lower the cap on all loan interest rates to three percent for those on active duty. If servicemembers are eligible for hostile fire or imminent danger pay, no interest will be...
  • March 16, 2016
    On Wednesday, March 16, 2016, Federal Reserve (Fed) Chair Janet Yellen announced the Federal Open Market Committee did not increase the federal funds rate, keeping it at 0.25-0.5 percent. The decision means the rate remains the same as it was in December 2015. The Fed previously predicted the rate to rise by one percentage point in 2016, however, with this announcement, only expect the rate to...
  • March 16, 2016
    Dear Chairman Hensarling and Ranking Member Waters: The Consumer Bankers Association (CBA) appreciates the Financial Services Committee’s continued oversight of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and its activities. We would like to take this opportunity to submit the following comments on the hearing entitled, “The Semi-Annual Report of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection.” CBA is...

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