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CFPB’s HMDA Data Changes Could Increase Litigation

Seeking to "gain greater insight into issues about access to credit," the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced the launch of a rulemaking process to change reporting requirements under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA). The new reporting requirements could have unintended consequences for both mortgage servicers, and legal teams who assess discriminatory lending practices.

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Florida’s Statute of Limitations: All is Not Lost After Five Years

Florida courts have been very aggressive in moving the foreclosure cases pending on their dockets, especially the aged cases. The Courts’ tool of choice to obtain file movement is the Case Management Conference (CMC). At the court-ordered CMC, the Court will hear and decide all pending motions and, if the case is at issue, set the case for a trial to be held within a 45 to 60 day timeframe.

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A Necessary Leadership Skill: Emotional Intelligence

Are Mortgage Underwriters Exempt?

A discussion of leadership has to include the question: What skills does a leader need to have in order to be effective? Leaders need to be able to manage change, and in order to manage change, leaders have to navigate a myriad of social relationships.

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Legal League Introductory Remarks from Caren Castle

Happy New Year, and what a beginning to the year we have had. The country has, as many of you have experienced, dealt with record cold weather, snow, and ice. However, perhaps in many respects, first on our industry’s mind has been the implementation of the new CFPB servicing guidelines.

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Another Bite at the Automatic Stay?

Are debtors getting another attempt to extend or impose the Automatic Stay in cases where there is no Automatic Stay in effect? Pursuant to 11 U.S.C. §362(c)(3), the automatic stay shall terminate on the 30th day after the filing of the later case of a single or joint case of the debtor that was pending within the preceding one-year period but was dismissed other than a Chapter 7 dismissal under Section 707(b).

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Lenders: Beware of the ‘Forced’ Short-Sale in Bankruptcy

Historically, Chapter 7 Trustees rarely seek authorization to sell over-encumbered real property of the estate free and clear of liens because such a sale is authorized only under very limited circumstances. Based upon the rarity of motions to sell over-encumbered property and the assumption that a Court would never grant such a motion, creditors have generally been complacent about monitoring bankruptcy cases for such motions.

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A More Efficient You: A Guide to Becoming a More Efficient Law Firm In 2014

As Webster's dictionary defines it, efficiency is the extent to which time, effort, or cost is well used for the intended task or purpose. Something we perhaps all strive for, but something of which we also can easily lose sight. We are deluged with the daily necessities of work: the email, phone calls, meetings, and other distractions that make our days fly by. So, when do we have a chance to pause and reflect on whether we are personally operating efficiently, or the time to review if our businesses are operating efficiently?

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The Fate of Fannie and Freddie and the Importance of GSE Reform

Almost everyone agrees that something needs to be done with the GSEs, and almost everyone recognizes that the “something” will be a complex undertaking, but we must be up to this task, we must be thoughtful about reform, avoid unintended consequences, and strike a middle ground between growing a private mortgage market and providing a government backstop.

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