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Feature: Dealing with the Fine Print

Now, as mortgage servicers prepare for the January 2014 effective date for complying with the CFPB's new rules for servicers, rest assured that the devil remains in the details.

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Uncertainty to Permeate New Year Despite Some Regulatory Clarity

The new year will bring some clarity to the housing market and likely some loosening of credit, though an air of mystery does still surround some aspects of the industry, according to FBR's outlook for 2014. With Mel Watt, a former Democratic senator from North Carolina, taking the helm at the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) and three openings at the Federal Reserve, some uncertainty persists despite some clarity surrounding Qualified Mortgages (QM) and other regulations in the housing industry.

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2013 in Review: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

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Mortgage industry commentators may argue (and they certainly have) about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) performance over the last year, but one thing is certain: The bureau knows how to command headlines. Early this year, CFPB finally issued its long awaited Qualified Mortgage (QM) guidelines along with a slew of other finance regulations. With the future of housing finance on the line, it's no wonder readers of theMReport.com couldn't tear themselves away from the news.

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CFPB Finalizes Rule on New Mortgage Disclosures

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued on Wednesday a rule requiring lenders to use its new mortgage disclosure templates designed to streamline and simplify information for consumers. The forms will replace the standard disclosures given at the opening and closing stages of a loan. Testing the new templates against the old, the CFPB found borrowers using the updated forms showed a better understanding of their loan, demonstrating a 29 percent improvement in comprehension.

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CFPB Targets Private Insurer Over Alleged Kickbacks

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Republic Mortgage Insurance Corporation faces a $100,000 fine and enhanced supervision by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for allegedly offering illegal kickbacks to lenders in return for business referrals, according to an announcement from CFPB. "The CFPB believes that RMIC provided kickbacks to mortgage lenders by purchasing captive reinsurance that was essentially worthless but was designed to make a profit for the lenders," the bureau said in its announcement.

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CFPB Issues $13M Consent Order for Utah Lender

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced it has issued a proposed consent order in its enforcement action against Castle & Cooke Mortgage, LLC. Under the terms of the order, Castle & Cooke has agreed to pay more than $9.2 million in restitution to consumers and $4 million in civil penalties to settle allegations that two of its officers--president Matthew Pineda and SVP of capital markets Buck Hawkins--paid illegal bonuses to loan officers based on the interest rates of loans offered to borrowers.

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CFPB Makes Plans to Act on Debt Collection Practices

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued Wednesday an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on guidelines related to the debt collection industry. "For decades, many consumers have reported various unacceptable practices in the debt collection industry. Today's action will allow us to hear from the public as we consider what rules are needed," said Richard Cordray, director of the CFPB. The bureau also announced it will begin adding consumer complaints about debt collections to its public database.

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Report: Ability-to-Repay, QM Requirements are ‘Good Business’

Today's resilient capital market has the capacity to adapt readily to the pending ability-to-repay and qualified mortgage (QM) rules set to take effect January 10, 2014, according to a white paper CoreLogic released Friday. In its analysis, CoreLogic offers general support for the rules and suggests the industry will continue to prosper--albeit with more caution than in the years leading up to the housing crisis. "Making sure a borrower has the ability to repay is good business," the company said.

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Feds: New Rules Not Expected to Interfere with Fair Lending

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Five federal agencies issued Tuesday a statement assuring creditors that they do not run the risk of being found in violation of fair lending laws should they choose to only originate qualified mortgages (QM) as defined earlier in the year. With creditors having to consider a balance of secondary market opportunities, capital requirements, and credit and liability risk, regulators say they expect there will be a need for most businesses to fine-tune their products in response--something they should be used to.

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