Tag: mortgage lending

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Financial Institutions & Services Litigation Group Highlights Key Legal Issues at MBA Conference
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CFPB Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Clarify “Know Before You Owe”; Some Welcome Guidance on TRID but Cure and Liability Issues Not Addressed
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Webinar: The Mortgage Lifecycle: Litigation Hotspots From Origination Through Foreclosure
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Navigating HUD’s New Single Family Housing Policy Handbook
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HUD Issues QM Proposal for Comment: There is a “There” There
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Supreme Court’s No Decision is a Decision in First American v. Edwards
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Are Valuation Review Standards on the Federal Banking Agencies’ Radar?
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CFPB Puts Inherited Consumer Financial Protection Regulations on the Table

Financial Institutions & Services Litigation Group Highlights Key Legal Issues at MBA Conference

Members of the K&L Gates Financial Institutions & Services Litigation Group will speak on key topics at the upcoming the MBA’s Legal Issues and Regulatory Compliance Conference in Miami, FL (May 7-10).

Olivia Kelman will review the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) as well as other lending-related requirements of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) on Sunday afternoon (May 7).

Andrew C. Glass will address major litigation and enforcement trends, including cases heard or pending before the Supreme Court and other federal courts on Monday afternoon (May 8).

Paul F. Hancock will discuss fair lending issues affecting business models and practices, a topic of particular interest with the entrance of a new administration, on Monday afternoon (May 8). Paul also will facilitate a fair lending roundtable discussion later that same afternoon.

In addition, many of our group’s attorneys are attending the conference. We look forward to seeing you all in Miami!

CFPB Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Clarify “Know Before You Owe”; Some Welcome Guidance on TRID but Cure and Liability Issues Not Addressed

By Jennifer J. Nagle and Hollee M. Watson

On July 29, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) issued a much anticipated Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) on the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule (“TRID” or “Know Before You Owe”), which went into effect on October 3, 2015, and has posed significant implementation challenges. The CFPB previously announced that it would issue proposed rulemaking in an April 28, 2016 letter to mortgage industry trade groups, in which it acknowledged the “many operational challenges” presented by TRID and noted that “there are places in the regulation text and commentary where adjustments would be useful for greater certainty and clarity.”

CFPB Director Richard Cordray expects that the “proposed updates will clarify parts of our mortgage disclosure rule to make for a smoother implementation process.” See Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Proposes Updates to “Know Before You Owe” Mortgage Disclosure Rule. While the NPRM does contain some helpful guidance, there are also some notable omissions that may disappoint industry participants.

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Webinar: The Mortgage Lifecycle: Litigation Hotspots From Origination Through Foreclosure

Please join a group of our seasoned Financial Institutions and Services Litigation attorneys for a webinar addressing hot litigation topics concerning residential mortgages. We will begin with loan origination, navigate through loan servicing, and end with foreclosure and loan termination. Along the way, we will touch upon litigation arising from various consumer protection statutes, as well as notable common law claims. The webinar will wrap up with our thoughts on anticipated litigation trends and time for Q&A.

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Navigating HUD’s New Single Family Housing Policy Handbook

By: Phillip L. SchulmanHolly Spencer BuntingKrista CooleyEmily J. Booth-Dornfeld, Christa Bieker

Last fall the Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) issued the first section of its new Single Family Housing Policy Handbook (“Single Family Handbook” or “Handbook”). The Single Family Handbook is designed to achieve a consolidated, authoritative source of single-family housing policy. In addition to consolidating all policy into a single document, the Handbook makes numerous substantive changes to Federal Housing Administration (“FHA”) requirements. The Handbook will be effective for FHA-insured loans with case numbers assigned on and after June 15, 2015. This client alert analyzes key changes introduced by the Handbook.

To read the full alert, click here.

HUD Issues QM Proposal for Comment: There is a “There” There

By: Phillip L. Schulman, Jonathan D. Jaffe, Krista Cooley, Andrew L. Caplan

This week, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) weighed in on its proposed version of a Federal Housing Administration (“FHA”) Qualified Mortgage (“QM”). Although the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) rules gave FHA-insured loans QM status on a temporary basis until 2021 (subject to certain conditions, discussed below), it looks like HUD wanted to get its version finalized by January 2014, when the CFPB’s QM rules take effect. As discussed more fully in this alert, HUD’s proposed QM Rule (the “HUD Proposed Rule”) would give QM status to all single family, forward FHA-insured loans. Title II insured loans, however, would be required to meet the CFPB’s 3% limit for points and fees.

In an attempt to expedite synchronization of the HUD QM definition with implementation of the CFPB Final Rule, HUD shortened the usual 60-day comment period to 30 days. As such, comments on this proposal are due by Wednesday, October 30, 2013.

To read the full alert, click here.

Supreme Court’s No Decision is a Decision in First American v. Edwards

By: Phillip L. Schulman, Emily J. Booth

Must a consumer suffer actual harm to sue the settlement service providers involved in his or her real estate mortgage transaction for engaging in activities that violate the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), or is the mere allegation of a statutory violation sufficient to get the consumer into court? The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in First American v. Edwards not to consider the standing issue under RESPA leaves the settlement service industry at the mercy of the lower courts and effectively invites private plaintiffs to sue settlement service providers under RESPA whenever a statutory violation is suspected regardless of whether any harm has resulted. Read More

Are Valuation Review Standards on the Federal Banking Agencies’ Radar?

By: Nanci L. Weissgold and Kerri M. Smith

Mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act, lenders and appraisal management companies (known as AMCs) are awaiting a series of joint rules addressing appraisal issues. While rules addressing pre-funding reviews of appraisals or evaluations is not a topic specifically required by the January 21, 2013 deadline, the FDIC’s Winter 2011 issue of Supervisory Insights hints that it may be addressed in the joint rule establishing minimum requirements for AMCs’ state registration. This may be a welcome development for regulated banking institutions subject to the revised Interagency Appraisal and Evaluation Guidelines (“Guidelines”). Those Guidelines, issued jointly by the federal banking agencies on December 2, 2010 (and effective on that date), update and replace existing guidance in response to changes in the real estate valuation industry and those mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act.

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CFPB Puts Inherited Consumer Financial Protection Regulations on the Table

By: David A. Tallman

Adding to its already full plate, the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (the “CFPB” or the “Bureau”) recently requested public comment on its review of the various consumer financial protection regulations it has inherited from other agencies. The request signals that the Bureau does not intend for its higher-profile mortgage finance initiatives to overshadow its mandate to update, modify (or even eliminate) outdated, unduly burdensome, or unnecessary existing regulations. It also suggests that the CFPB is contemplating that its initial review of the inherited regulations may extend beyond mere technical corrections to more significant substantive changes.

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