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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.
- October 17, 2017On Tuesday, October 17, 2017, the OCC, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, the FDIC, and the National Credit Union Administration issued a press release exempting real estate-related transactions from appraisal requirements in major disaster areas as declared by President Trump. The exemptions will be in effect for a three-year period from the date of declaration. Included are parts of...October 6, 2017On Wednesday, October 4, 2017, the CFPB released an interim final rule amending the Mortgage Servicing Rule, which allows for more flexibility around the timing of early intervention notices sent to borrowers who have invoked their cease communication rights under the FDCPA. Under the 2016 Mortgage Servicing Final Rule, a servicer subject to the FDCPA with respect to a borrower’s loan must...September 29, 2017On Friday, September 29, 2017, the OCC reported that their Performance of first-lien mortgages improved during the second quarter of 2017 compared with a year earlier. The OCC Mortgage Metrics Report , Second Quarter 2017, showed 95.4 percent of mortgages included in the report were current and performing at the end of the quarter, compared with 94.7 percent a year earlier. The report also showed...September 27, 2017On Wednesday, September 27, 2017, the CFPB took action against Meridian Title Corporation , a real estate settlement services provider for allegedly steering consumers to a title insurer owned in part by several of Meridian’s executives without making disclosures about each businesses’ affiliation with one another. The CFPB found Meridian failed to disclose its relationship with the title insurer...September 20, 2017On Wednesday, September 20, 2017, the CFPB took two actions regarding the pending HMDA reporting changes which: Finalized the amendments to Regulation B (ECOA) to permit the collection of ethnicity, race and gender information under the new HMDA rules, without violating the Regulation B prohibition; and Proposed for comment guidelines to address the privacy issues under the new regulation (i.e...September 17, 2017If you’ve got a problem with your bank’s overdraft fees, you should say something. That’s what U.S. Sen. Cory Booker recently did. In letters to 13 bank CEOs , the New Jersey Democrat asked for details about their overdraft practices, efforts to convince customers to join overdraft protection programs and reliance on overdraft fees as a source of income. One of his key concerns: Only a small...August 24, 2017On Thursday, August 24, 2017, the CFPB issued a rule amending the 2015 updates to the HMDA rule. The Bureau has temporarily changed reporting requirements for banks and credit unions that issue home-equity lines of credit, and clarified the information that financial institutions are required to collect and report about their mortgage lending. Key points of the update are as follows: Reporting...August 24, 2017On Thursday, August 24, 2017, issued a report warning older consumers about taking out a reverse mortgage loan in order to bridge the gap in income while delaying Social Security benefits until a later age. The CFPB report found, in general, the costs and risks of taking out a reverse mortgage exceed the cumulative increase in Social Security lifetime benefits that homeowners would receive by...July 31, 2017July 31, 2017 The Honorable Melvin L. Watt Director Federal Housing Finance Agency 400 7th Street, SW Washington, DC 20219 cc: Office of Housing and Regulatory Policy RE: Improving Language Access in Mortgage Lending and Servicing Dear Director Watt: The American Bankers Association (ABA), the Consumer Bankers Association (CBA), the Housing Policy Council of the Financial Services Roundtable (HPC...July 31, 2017July 31, 2017 Ms. Monica Jackson Office of the Executive Secretary Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection 1700 G Street, NW Washington, DC 20552 Via electronic submission Re: Response of the Consumer Bankers Association to the Request for Information Regarding Ability-to-Repay/Qualified Mortgage Rule Assessment (Docket No. CFPB-2017-0014) Dear Ms. Jackson, The Consumer Bankers Association (“CBA...