Mortgage

OCC Issues Mortgage Lending Bulletin Concerning High-LTV Loans

On August 21, 2017, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) issued Bulletin 2017-28, providing risk management guidance to lenders offering residential mortgage loans with loan-to-value (LTV) ratios that exceed 100 percent at origination (“high-LTV loans”) in connection with community redevelopment programs. Since the onset of the financial crisis,…

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CFPB Supervisory Highlights Focus on Mortgage Origination, Mortgage Servicing, and Student Loan Servicing

On April 26, 2017, the CFPB issued a press release and its latest Supervisory Highlights, which spotlight the CFPB’s recent enforcement efforts in the areas of mortgage loan origination, mortgage loan servicing, and student loan servicing.  The Supervisory Highlights reflect what the CFPB sees as common problems in each area,…

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CFPB Proposes Clarification to Home Mortgage Disclosure Act

On April 13, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued proposed amendments to clarify certain requirements of the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA).  HMDA requires that financial institutions collect and report certain information regarding their mortgage lending activities.  The information that financial institutions are required to collect and report includes…

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SCOTUS Holding Could Exacerbate Already-Backlogged Federal Dockets

On November 8, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Lightfoot v. Cendant Mortg. Corp., a case that will decide an important jurisdictional issue for Federal National Mortgage Association (FNMA).  See 769 F.3d 681 (9th Cir. 2014), cert. granted, 136 S. Ct. 2536 (2016).  The question before the Court…

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Flynn, Whalen and Swank Published in September 2016 issue of Mortgage Banking for Article: “Servicing Remains an Enforcement Target”

*Editor’s Note:  This post originally appeared on our sister blog, Consumer Finance Enforcement Watch.  Visit CFEW for more real-time reporting on the full range of public federal and state consumer finance enforcement activity.* Goodwin’s Michael Flynn, a partner in the Financial Industry, Banking, Consumer Financial Services, and FinTech practices; Mike Whalen, a…

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Goodwin Files Amicus Brief on Behalf of the Mortgage Industry

On August 3, 2016, Goodwin filed an amicus brief in the Washington Supreme Court on behalf of the Mortgage Bankers Association and the Consumer Mortgage Coalition. The case—Jordan v. Nationstar Mortgage LLC—involved a challenge to a servicer’s default-servicing practice of rekeying the lock on the front door of seemingly abandoned…

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CFPB Issues Special Mortgage Servicing Report, States Intention to Use Fair Lending Laws to Target Discriminatory Loan Modification Practices

On June 22, 2016, the CFPB issued a Mortgage Servicing Supervisory Highlights Special Edition Report, and concluded that mortgage servicers may be violating the servicing rules that the CFPB enacted in January 2014, as a result of servicers’ continued reliance on ineffective technology.  In addition, the press release accompanying the…

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Policy Analysts Propose Merger of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae

In a March 23, 2016 proposal titled “A More Promising Road to GSE Reform“, several prominent policy commentators recently outlined their suggested plan for reforming the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac) and the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae), which—according to these analysts—are “two enormously important yet flawed institutions”…

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FHA Announces Final Revisions to Loan-Level Certification Form

On March 15, 2016, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced final changes to its loan-level certification form, 92900-A HUD/VA Addendum to the Uniform Residential Loan Application.  The announcement represents important and highly-anticipated changes to the FHA’s required certification. The FHA’s loan-level certification form, which the lender completes for every loan…

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California Supreme Court Rules in Yvanova That Borrowers May Have Standing To Allege Certain Defects In Assignments

EDITOR’S NOTE:  This blog post was written by Steven Ellis, a partner in Goodwin’s Consumer Financial Services Litigation Practice Group.  Steve was one of the authors of an amicus brief filed in the Yvanova case on behalf of the California Bankers Association. Do borrowers have standing to challenge a non-judicial…

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Connecticut Supreme Court Upholds Constitutionality of Statute Targeting MERS Documents For Increased Recording Fees

States have long imposed fees for recording land records documents, and until recently they have generally done so uniformly, without regard to who the parties to the document might be.  The Connecticut Supreme Court has, however, just upheld a statute imposing dramatically higher filing fees for MERS-related documents. In 2013,…

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CFPB Issues Monthly Consumer Complaint Report Highlighting Consistent Concerns with Mortgages, Credit Reporting, and Debt Collection Practices

On January 28, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) published its monthly consumer complaint snapshot, identifying the most recent trends in consumer complaints about various financial products and services.  CFPB Monthly Complaint Rep., Jan. 2016, at 1.  The report analyzes trends by complaint volume by product, state, and company.  Id. at 3-10….

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