Servicing

Attention lenders: The CFPB is now focusing more on fair lending in mortgages

A look at where the CFPB will increase its fair lending oversight this year
After looking back at its fair lending priorities for 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau highlighted which areas will be top priorities for 2017. So what’s at the top of the list? Mortgages. The bureau explains where it is ramping up its efforts in its latest annual Fair Lending report.
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Florida also alleges widespread servicing failures at Ocwen

Attorney General Pam Bondi files lawsuit against nonbank
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the members of the Multi-State Mortgage Committee were not the only ones to take action against Ocwen Financial on Thursday for the nonbank’s mortgage servicing practices. The state of Florida also sued Ocwen, along with the company’s subsidiaries Ocwen Loan Servicing and Ocwen Mortgage Servicing, for “mortgage servicing misconduct.”
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Ocwen accuses CFPB of playing politics with lawsuit, vows to defend itself

Claims suit is "politically motivated attempt by the CFPB to grab headlines"
Ocwen Financial took the gloves off in responding to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s allegations that the nonbank “failed borrowers at every stage of the mortgage servicing process,” arguing that the CFPB’s lawsuit is politically motivated and vowing to defend itself against claims that are “inaccurate” and “unfounded.”
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CFPB sues Ocwen, alleges total failure of mortgage servicing process

Claims "widespread errors, shortcuts, runarounds cost borrowers money, homes"
April 20, 2017 is turning into D-Day for Ocwen Financial. Earlier, a group of state banking regulators issued a series of cease-and-desist orders prohibiting the acquisition of new mortgage servicing rights. Now, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is suing the nonbank for "failing borrowers at every stage of the mortgage servicing process."
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State banking regulators crush Ocwen's business with sweeping new restrictions

Mortgage business obliterated by state banking regulators
Citing numerous issues with consumer escrow accounts and a “deficient financial condition,” a consortium of state banking regulators just put Ocwen Financial’s mortgage business on life support. A bombshell announcement from the North Carolina Commissioner of Banks claims that more than 20 state mortgage regulators issued cease-and-desist orders to Ocwen, which prohibits the acquisition of new mortgage servicing rights and the origination of mortgages.
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Get ready: Congress fires up Dodd-Frank, CFPB overhaul

Committee hearing date set for Financial CHOICE Act 2.0
The Dodd-Frank doomsday clock just ticked a little closer to midnight. The Republican-crafted plan to overhaul the country’s financial regulatory system and overturn many provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act is now one step closer to becoming a reality, as the House of Representatives is set to consider the Financial CHOICE Act.
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CFPB sues Ohio law firm over "illegal" debt collection practices

Weltman, Weinberg & Reis vows to defend itself
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau claims that an Ohio law firm is using illegal methods to collect debt and is suing the firm to put a halt to the alleged illegal activity. The firm, however, contends that the CFPB is trying to “strong-arm” it into signing a consent order and says it will fight the lawsuit.
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HousingWire's 2017 Women of Influence nominations are now open!

It's our honor to recognize the most influential women in housing
HousingWire is proud to announce that we are now accepting nominations for the 2017 Women of Influence, our opportunity to honor the housing industry’s most influential women leaders. Here is much more information on one of our favorite award programs.
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Bank of America net income soars 40% in first quarter

But drop in mortgage income pulls down noninterest income
Bank of America saw tremendous growth in its net income in the first quarter with an increase of 40%. The company’s earnings per share also increased 46% from last year. However, a decrease in mortgage income created a drag on noninterest income for consumer banking.
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