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CFPB Targets Missouri Lender over Alleged Kickbacks

CFPB Targets Missouri Lender over Alleged Kickbacks

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) last week ordered a Missouri-based mortgage lender and its president to pay more than $80,000 for funneling illegal kickbacks in exchange for real estate referrals. According to CFPB's complaint filed in mid-January, Fidelity Financial Mortgage Corporation (FFMC) in 2010 entered into an agreement with a Missouri bank in which Fidelity would lease an office at the bank in exchange for business referrals.

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New Lending Rules Inspire Criticism

New Lending Rules Inspire Criticism

According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the new lending rules that went into effect on January 10 are meant to take a back-to-basics approach to mortgage lending and lower the risk of default and foreclosure among borrowers. However, many industry veterans feel the rules may hurt those they are designed to protect, primarily low income borrowers.

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Commentary: What’s in Store for Housing in 2014, Part 2

Commentary: What’s in Store for Housing in 2014, Part 2

Despite recent gains, which some of us believe are more of a mirage than an oasis, the economy still isn't creating enough good-paying full-time jobs to drive a full recovery in the housing market. At the same time, stricter lending requirements--and a lending environment likely to get more challenging before it gets easier--are the other major headwinds that could slow down housing.

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Feature: New World Order

Feature: New World Order

The veterans of this business can remember when REOs ran in the neighborhood of 150,000 a year, delinquency rates were just around 4 percent, and you only needed a credit score of 620 to qualify for a prime mortgage loan. But the housing finance industry, and default servicing especially, has changed. In the cover story of it's September issue, DS News looks at the many factors--from a slew of new regulatory mandates to an altered public perception of debt obligations--that have altered the business into something far from customary.

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2013 in Review: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

2013 in Review: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Mortgage industry commentators may argue (and they certainly have) about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) performance over the last year, but one thing is certain: The bureau knows how to command headlines. Early this year, CFPB finally issued its long awaited Qualified Mortgage (QM) guidelines along with a slew of other finance regulations. With the future of housing finance on the line, it's no wonder readers of DSNews.com couldn't tear themselves away from the news.

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With New Regulations, Demonstrating Compliance and Controls Is Key

With New Regulations, Demonstrating Compliance and Controls Is Key

The mortgage servicing industry is fielding a spate of new rules and regulations--49 mortgage reforms and 63 required rules related to consumer protection. With the regulatory intervention the industry is experiencing today, there is an increased and immediate need for system controls, certification of compliance, and information management controls--for both servicers and their outsourcing partners.

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HUD Defines Two Types of Qualified Mortgages

HUD Defines Two Types of Qualified Mortgages

HUD has issued a newly revised definition for Qualified Mortgage (QM) which will affect all Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loans moving forward. The new rule goes into effect January 10, 2014, and will apply to mortgages that are insured, guaranteed, or administered through HUD. The agency's version of QM builds on the existing QM rule finalized by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau earlier this year.

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GSEs Update Short Sale Policies

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced changes to their Servicing Guides Monday aimed at helping more borrowers avoid foreclosure through short sales and deeds-in-lieu of foreclosure (DILs). Some of the changes are to align with certain Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) rules and regulations that implement the mortgage servicing provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act, and some are simply to ease eligibility requirements for liquidation workout options.

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CFPB Finalizes ‘Know Before You Owe’ Mortgage Disclosures

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is issuing a rule Wednesday requiring lenders to use its disclosure templates to lay out mortgage terms for borrowers. The new ""Know Before You Owe"" mortgage forms will replace existing federal disclosures, and the CFPB says they'll help consumers better understand their options, comparison shop for the best mortgage deals, and avoid costly surprises at closing.

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CFPB Hits Private Insurer with $100K Fine

Republic Mortgage Insurance Corporation (RMIC) faces a $100,000 fine and enhanced supervision by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) for allegedly offering illegal kickbacks to lenders in the form of captive reinsurance policies in exchange for business referrals, according to an announcement from the CFPB. Such activities violate federal consumer laws and have become a target area for the bureau.

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