Buyer-Broker Commissions

In connection with its guaranteed home loan program, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently adopted a temporary local variance allowing veterans to pay the commission of the real estate broker or agent assisting them (a “buyer-broker”). VA also recently urged servicers to implement a targeted foreclosure moratorium through year end, which would extend, with modifications, a previously announced moratorium.… Continue Reading

As we recently reported, the CFPB issued its final rule, titled the Registry of Nonbank Covered Persons Subject to Certain Agency and Court Orders Final Rule on June 3, 2024. The CFPB touts the registry as something that will help detect and deter repeat offenders of consumer financial protection laws, even though the registration requirements apply to an entity subject to a single consent order and in full compliance with the order.… Continue Reading

The CFPB issued its final rule, titled the Registry of Nonbank Covered Persons Subject to Certain Agency and Court Orders Final Rule, on June 3, 2024. The rule will require certain nonbank entities to register certain covered enforcement or court orders, and comply with ongoing, attested reporting requirements on the entity’s compliance with such orders.… Continue Reading

As part of the CFPB’s crusade against junk fees, CFPB Director, Rohit Chopra addressed credit report fees in prepared remarks at the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Secondary & Capital Markets Conference & Expo 2024. While Director Chopra began his remarks by commenting on the increasing cost of mortgage loan transactions, stating that both consumers and lenders are negatively affected, he focused most of his remarks on the increasing costs of obtaining consumer credit reports.… Continue Reading

In Mortgagee Letter 2024-10, FHA announced a requirement for FHA approved lenders to notify the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) of Significant Cybersecurity Incidents. The Mortgagee Letter, which is dated May 23, 2024, provides that the requirement is effective immediately.

For purposes of the reporting requirement, a Significant Cybersecurity Incident (Cyber Incident) is “an event that actually or potentially jeopardizes, without lawful authority, the confidentiality, integrity, or availability of information or an information system; or constitutes a violation or imminent threat of violation of security policies, security procedures, or acceptable use policies and has the potential to directly or indirectly impact the FHA-approved mortgagee’s ability to meet its obligations under applicable FHA program requirements.”… Continue Reading

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), through the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), recently issued Mortgagee Letter 2024-07 addressing reconsideration of value (ROV) policies in connection with appraisals for FHA insured mortgage loans under the Title II forward mortgage loan and reverse mortgage loan programs. The amended Mortgagee Letter may be implemented immediately but must be implemented for FHA case numbers assigned on or after September 2, 2024.… Continue Reading

The CFPB (or “Bureau”) filed a cross-motion for summary judgment in the lawsuit regarding the small business lending data collection and reporting rule, also known as the 1071 rule based on the Dodd-Frank section that requires the CFPB to adopt the rule (the “Rule”). Last month, the plaintiffs and intervenors in the lawsuit challenging the Rule filed a consolidated motion for summary judgment.… Continue Reading

On March 28, 2024, four former Walden University students (“Plaintiffs”) filed a proposed settlement both individually and on behalf of a putative class of current and former Walden University (“Walden”) students with the Federal District Court for the District of Maryland to resolve allegations first raised against Walden in a complaint more than two years ago.… Continue Reading

The CFPB published a blog discussing a few key takeaways from a series of public hearings addressing appraisal bias.

For background, the Federal Financial Institution Examination Council’s (FFIEC’s) Appraisal Subcommittee (ASC) has held four public hearings throughout 2023-2024 to facilitate discussions regarding bias and lack of diversity within the appraisal business.… Continue Reading