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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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CFPB: Consumers ‘Fraught with Anxiety’ Closing Mortgages

As part of its “Know Before You Owe” initiative to streamline mortgage lending, CFPB released Wednesday the results of a year of research on the closing process, including comments collected from both consumers and market participants. The findings indicate frustration all around. “Mortgage closings are often fraught with anxiety,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray.

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Default Title Coalition Addresses Communication Issues, Training

The Five Star Institute hosted the 2014 Spring Summit for the Default Title Coalition. The event brought together industry professionals to network and discuss salient topics related to the title industry. The Default Title Coalition is a consortium of top title and closing companies with expertise in default and REO operations.

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Dodd-Frank Regulations Pose a ‘Serious Challenge’

The American Bankers Association (ABA) released the results of its latest annual Real Estate Lending Survey, which clearly show signs of caution among loan officers. According to the ABA, more than 80 percent of bankers surveyed believe that tightened Dodd-Frank rules will restrict credit, thereby narrowing the pool of candidates able to secure mortgages.

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