The CFPB, Federal Reserve Board, FDIC, FHFA, NCUA, and OCC published in the Federal Register on August 8, 2013 proposed rules creating several exemptions to the appraisal requirements for higher-priced mortgage loans. Most notably, the proposed rule creates an exemption for certain refinances with characteristics common to “streamlined” refinances. To be exempt from the appraisal rules, the owner or guarantor of the refinance loan must be the current owner or guarantor of the existing obligation, and the regular periodic payments under the new loan cannot cause a principal balance increase, permit the consumer to defer repayment, or result in a balloon payment.… Continue Reading

The regulatory barrage continued last week with the CFPB issuing the last batch of mortgage-related rules it was required to finalize by the Dodd-Frank Act’s January 21 deadline.   

On January 17, the final rules implementing provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act that relate to mortgage servicing were issued. The servicing rules will take effect on January 10, 2014.    … Continue Reading

The CFPB has issued two new proposals dealing with mortgage appraisals that implement provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act.  One of the proposals would amend Regulation B (Equal Credit Opportunity Act) to require lenders to provide to a first lien mortgage applicant a copy of all written appraisals and valuations developed in connection the application. … Continue Reading