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CFPB Issues Ruling to keep Heirs from Falling into Foreclosure

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued guidance Tuesday aimed at making it easier for surviving family members who have inherited a property due the death of a loved one to be added to the mortgage, allowing them to seek modification or refinance and avoid foreclosure.

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CFPB Director Fields Questions from House Committee

A week after appearing before the Senate Banking Committee, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray traveled back up the hill again to review the bureau's semi-annual report and take questions from the House Financial Services Committee. At the hearing, committee members asked Cordray to address a number of issues surrounding the embattled agency, including accountability concerns and allegations of discrimination.

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SunTrust Bank Settles with Feds for Nearly $1 Billion

SunTrust Banks, Inc., announced it has struck a nearly $1 billion deal with the government to settle allegations of misconduct in both its lending and servicing practices. In an agreement reached with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Justice Department, HUD, and attorneys general in 49 states and the District of Columbia, SunTrust agreed to provide relief to consumers and payments to the government totaling a combined value of $968 million

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CFPB Charges Stonebridge with RESPA Violations

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced it is charging Parsippany, New Jersey-based Stonebridge Title Services Inc., with violating the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) by offering kickbacks for business referrals. In a consent order released Thursday, the CFPB ordered Stonebridge to pay a civil penalty of $30,000.

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CFPB Director Gives Report to Senate Banking Committee

CFPB Director Richard Cordray appeared before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Tuesday morning to give the Semi-Annual Report of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. At the hearing, a myriad of topics were discussed, including mortgages, student loans, as well as proposed data collection efforts for the National Mortgage Database.

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CFPB Fines Alabama Firm for Mortgage Disclosure Violations

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) ordered RealtySouth to pay a civil penalty of $500,000 for inadequate disclosures. The largest real estate firm in Alabama was charged with leaving consumers unaware of their rights to choose service providers during the home-buying process.

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Student Loan Debt Preventing Homeownership, Hampering Economy

Speaking before an audience at the Boulder Summer Conference on Consumer Financial Decision Making, CFPB director Richard Cordray spoke on the effects of student loan debt on the future of the housing market. The oft-criticized director commented on the growing $1.2 trillion of student loan debt, and how student debt will have negative ramifications on the housing market in the future.

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CFPB Rules Cited as Top Concern in Survey of Lenders

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) mandates and deadlines are still the top concern for lenders, according to QuestSoft's eighth annual compliance survey. More than 500 lenders responded to this year’s survey—62.2 percent ranked the Qualified Mortgage (QM) rule as a high concern.

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Older Americans Carrying More Mortgage Debt

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While the homeownership rate among Americans age 65 and older has remained at a constant 80 percent for the past decade, the percent of older Americans with outstanding mortgage debt has increased since the start of the housing crisis, according to a report released Wednesday by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

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CFPB to Launch eClosing Pilot Program

In an effort to create a more consumer-friendly environment, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has announced a new pilot program, centered specifically on gathering data from partners using electronic closings (eClosings) to complete mortgages.

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