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CFPB WAFFLING ON QUALIFIED MORTGAGE RULES

On February 23, 2021, Dave Uejio, acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), issued a statement that announced, “We expect to propose a rule to delay the General QM Final Rule’s July 1, 2021 mandatory compliance date. An extension of the compliance deadline would allow lenders more time in which they could make QM loans based on a debt-to-income ratio or whether the loans are eligible for sale to Fannie Mae or Freddie […]

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CFPB ISSUES HPML ESCROW EXEMPTION

On January 19. 2021, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a final rule amending section 1026.35 of Regulation Z to implement a requirement of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (EGRRCPA). The final rule exempts certain insured depository institutions and insured credit unions from the requirement to establish escrow accounts for certain higher-priced mortgage loans (HPMLs). The rule will take effect on publication in the Federal Register. It exempts from the HPML escrow […]

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CFPB ADVISORY OPINIONS

On November 30, 2020, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued its Advisory Opinions Policy, which sets forth procedures to facilitate the submission by interested parties of requests that the CFPB issue advisory opinions, in the form of interpretive rules, to resolve regulatory uncertainty, and the manner in which the Bureau will evaluate and respond to such requests. The CFPB also released its first Advisory Opinions that clarify the following Regulation Z issues: Private Education […]

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CFPB PUBLISHES NPRM ON SEASONED QM LOAN

On August 18, 2020, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that creates a new category of Qualified Mortgage (QM), a seasoned QM (Seasoned QM), for first-lien, fixed-rate covered transactions that have met certain performance requirements over a 36-month seasoning period, are held in portfolio until the end of the seasoning period, comply with general restrictions on product features and points and fees, and meet certain underwriting requirements. The […]

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CFPB ADJUSTS REGULATION Z THRESHOLDS

On July 21, 2020 the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) began the annual process of updating regulatory thresholds by publishing a final rule revising certain dollar amounts in Regulation Z, based on the annual percentage change reflected in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) in effect on June 1, 2020. For open-end consumer credit plans under the CARD Act amendments to TILA ( 1026.52(b)(1)(ii)(A) and (B)), the adjusted dollar amount in 2021 for the safe harbor for […]

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