A group of federal agencies have finalized reconsideration of value (ROV) guidance for residential real estate valuations. The agencies are the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Federal Reserve Board (Board) and National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). The guidance will be effective upon publication in the Federal Register.… Continue Reading

The Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) will release the first phase of major enhancements to the Nationwide Multistate Licensing System & Registry (NMLS) on July 20.

The updates are intended to address certain issues industry users have raised, including allowing users to create a username and password without having to contact the NMLS Call Center, and allowing users who have multiple NMLS accounts to access their accounts using one username and password.… Continue Reading

In a major win for the CFPB, in CFPB v Touchstone Financial, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (7th Circuit) recently held that the Regulation B provision prohibiting discrimination under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) against prospective applicants is consistent with the statute.… Continue Reading

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that it has entered into an historic Conciliation Agreement (Agreement) with The Appraisal Foundation (TAF), an organization responsible for setting standards and qualifications for real estate appraisers and providing voluntary guidance for appraisers. This Agreement resolves a Secretary-initiated complaint against TAF alleging discriminatory barriers preventing qualified Black people and other persons of color from entering the appraisal profession on the basis of race in violation of the Fair Housing Act.… Continue Reading

The complexity of loss mitigation programs designed to assist distressed mortgage borrowers during the COVID-19 pandemic may have been too daunting for many borrowers to seek help, the CFPB said, in a report released last week.

“Many respondents faced challenges accessing these programs even among those who reported communicating with their servicer,” the CFPB said.… Continue Reading

The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) recently announced the release of the Snapshot National Loan-Level Dataset based on Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data from 2023. The CFPB also addressed the release of the dataset. Previously, we reported on the release by the CFPB of the HMDA Modified Loan Application Data for 2023, which did not include any analysis of the data.… Continue Reading

On June 26, 2024, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB” or the “Bureau”) released its annual Fair Lending Report (the “Report”) for the calendar year 2023. The reporting period ran through December 31, 2023, so any subsequent fair lending developments are not included.

The first section of the Report covers the CFPB’s fair lending enforcement and supervision activities in 2023.… Continue Reading

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) recently finalized enhancements to its 203(k) rehabilitation mortgage loan program in Mortgagee Letter 2024-13. This action follows the FHA proposing enhancements to the program last Fall in a draft Mortgagee Letter. Lenders must implement the enhancements for FHA case numbers assigned on or after November 4, 2024.… Continue Reading

Federal banking regulators recently began adopting a final rule that requires, among other things, supervised mortgage originators and secondary market issuers to ensure that automated valuation models they use follow quality control standards, including a requirement that they comply with nondiscrimination laws. The final rule will be effective on the first day of the calendar quarter following the 12 months after publication in the Federal Register.… Continue Reading