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New RESPA Settlement Cost Booklet

Posted by jholzknecht on  July 23, 2010
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Rumor: HUD has published a new Settlement Cost Booklet This rumor is true. The new booklet appeared on HUD’s website on July 15th. Rumor: We have to throw out our existing supply of booklets and start using the new booklet immediately. This rumor is false. You may use the versions of the booklet published in December 2009 or January 2010, or you may use the new booklet. When you exhaust your existing supply of booklets
Congress has completed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act). Next, the 2,300 page bill moves to the White House for the President’s signature, which is expected by July 21st. Then the real action begins: • An entire bureaucracy must be built for the new Bureau of Financial Protection and the new Financial Stability Oversight Counsel; and • Thousands of pages of regulations will be written. An area of particular concern

July 12, 2010 Lending Compliance Update

Posted by jholzknecht on  July 12, 2010
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In a recent blog I reported my belief that work on the financial reform bill would be completed by the July 4 holiday. But obviously I was wrong. Congress did get some work done before the holiday. They renamed the bill the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. They also fought a battle over funding. The bill would have resulted in $18 billion in new fees on large banks. Some in the Senate

Fair Lending – Is it still “hot”?

Posted by jholzknecht on  June 29, 2010
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Regrettably, the most overt forms of discrimination persist; those incidents that we should read about in history books still manage to find their way onto the front pages of our newspapers. We still see cross-burnings across the nation’s heartland. We still see hate-fueled violence carried out in our biggest cities and in our smallest towns. We just recently read of a justice of the peace in Louisiana who saw it as his prerogative to refuse

New Uniform Residential Mortgage Loan Application

Posted by jholzknecht on  June 28, 2010
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Fannie Mae has developed a new Uniform Residential Loan Application form (Fannie Mae Form 1003 – revised 6/09). Use of the new form is required for applications taken on or after July 1, 2010. Among other changes the new form now includes the Loan Originator Identifier and the Loan Origination Company Identifier. Banks should use the new form, but these two new fields of information are not required by banks at the present time. (See

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