On June 25th, the CFPB issued an interim final rule with a request for public comment extending the compliance dates for the Small Business Lending Rule in light of the Supreme Court’s decision finding the funding structure of the CFPB to be constitutional in CFPB v. Community Financial Services Association of America (CFSA).… Continue Reading

On August 6, 2024, we will be holding a 90 minute webinar roundtable featuring 3 administrative law professors who are among the country’s leading experts on the Chevron Deference Doctrine. To register, click here.

We already have published a short blog about the Supreme Court’s opinion issued on Friday, July 28 in Loper Bright Enterprises et al v.Continue Reading

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently proposed rules under its home loan guaranty program regarding adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) loans, hybrid ARM (h-ARM) loans and temporary buydown agreements. Comments are due August 20, 2024.

ARM Loans and H-ARM Loans

The VA’s rules currently provide that “Interest rate adjustments must occur on an annual basis, except that the first adjustment may occur no sooner than 36 months from the date of the borrower’s first mortgage payment.”… Continue Reading

On June 17, 2024, FHA announced in draft Mortgage Letter 2024-12 a proposed revision to its Defect Taxonomy to clarify that fraud or material misrepresentation involving a sponsored Third-Party Originator (TPO) is a Tier 1 severity defect in connection with loans insured under the Title II program. Comments on the proposed revision are due June 24, 2024.… Continue Reading

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