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AS COVID RAGES ON, THE REGULATORS REENGAGE

On November 10, 2021, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the National Credit Union Administration, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the state financial regulators (collectively, agencies) issued a joint statement to communicate to mortgage servicers the agencies’ supervisory and enforcement approach as risks associated with the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic continue to change. On April 3, 2020, the agencies […]

FINAL RESPA PROTECTIONS FOR BORROWERS AFFECTED BY COVID PUBLISHED

On June 28, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a 208-page final rule that completes the rule making on amendments to the federal mortgage servicing regulations (Regulation X) that: Establish temporarily procedural safeguards to help ensure that borrowers have a meaningful opportunity to be reviewed for loss mitigation before the servicer can make the first notice or filing required for foreclosure on certain mortgages. Temporarily permit mortgage servicers to offer certain loan modifications made […]

CFPB Issues New RESPA FAQs

Recently the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) updated its Mortgage Servicing FAQs webpage to add 23 new FAQs that discuss selected topics relating to escrow accounts under Regulation X. The new FAQs provide a general overview of the escrow account provisions in Regulation X and address topics such as deficiencies, shortages, and surpluses.

CFPB PROPOSES FORECLOSURE SURGE CHANGES TO RESPA

On April 5, 2021, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed changes to Regulation X to assist borrowers affected by the COVID-19 emergency. The CFPB is taking this action to: Help ensure that borrowers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic have an opportunity to be evaluated for loss mitigation before the initiation of foreclosure. Establish a temporary COVID-19 emergency pre-foreclosure review period until December 31, 2021, for principal residences Temporarily permit mortgage servicers to offer certain […]

CFPB WARNS OF FORECLOSURE SURGE AND COMPLIANCE RISK

On April 1, 2021, the CFPB issued Compliance Bulletin 2021-02 warning mortgage services of a pending wave of foreclosures when the pandemic-related federal emergency mortgage protections expire this summer and fall. Since the CARES Act was enacted, 6.9 million borrowers have entered a forbearance program. As of January 2021, more than 2.1 million borrowers in forbearance programs were more than 90 days behind on their mortgage payments (including borrowers who have forborne three or more […]