Big news for small creditors struggling with recent mortgage regulations. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau finalized several changes to its mortgage rules in order to expand access to credit, particularly in rural and underserved areas. One of the most notable changes is the definition of small creditor. Hint: It's bigger.
While it may seem like the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has been around forever, the CFPB actually opened its doors just four years ago: July 21, 2011. Here's everything you need to know about the agency synonymous with financial regulation.
The Senate joins the House in trying to exercise oversight
July 1, 2015
“The CFPB undoubtedly remains the single most powerful and least accountable Federal agency in all of Washington,” Jeb Hensarling said. “When it comes to the credit cards, auto loans and mortgages of hardworking taxpayers, the CFPB has unbridled, discretionary power not only to make those less available and more expensive, but to absolutely take them away.”
The CFPB left the grace period open-ended and most in the industry interpreted that to mean that it will last throughout the rest of 2015, at least. Unfortunately, as welcome as that grace period is, TRID remains a costly and complicated fix that has enormous implications for the whole industry.
In the latest action from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the bureau ordered defunct Guarantee Mortgage Corporation to pay a civil penalty of $228,000 for paying its branch managers on the interest rates of the loans they closed.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the State of Florida announced Friday that a federal judge granted final judgment against a Florida law firm and its associated companies, requiring the companies to pay $27.7 million for their part in a massive foreclosure relief scam that defrauded approximately 2,000 consumers.
The Aug. 1, 2015 implementation date for the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure still stands, as of now. In a speech Tuesday, the director of the CFPB cleared some of the air on TRID misunderstandings, but looking at the fine print, talk of delaying TRID is not off the table. Still, some in Congress disagree, and are trying to do something about it.
The darlings of 2014, the single-family housing investment and rental businesses, didn’t dominate like last year, but they still had a strong showing. After snagging four of the top five spots on the 2014 HW Fast50, two SFRs placed in the top five in 2015 and three made the top 50..
Bank loyalty is not a factor for borrowers in shopping for a mortgage loan. Borrowers tend to select a mortgage originator based on product, price and their expectation for a convenient transaction process. Read More