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This page is designed to be your one-stop resource for educational needs for the Mortgage Lending Industry!  Why search multiple websites when you can find all newsworthy events here in one place!  Check this page often for latest industry news regarding changes that will affect the way you take and process mortgages.   We will post notices from the various agencies, noteworthy articles, and helpful tools as provided by our members. 

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ISSUES FINAL RULE EXTENDING THE GSE PATCH

WASHINGTON, D.C. 10/20/2020 – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Bureau) today issued a final rule to extend the Government-Sponsored Enterprise (GSE) Patch until the mandatory compliance date of a final rule amending the General Qualified Mortgage (QM) loan definition in Regulation Z.  The GSE Patch was scheduled to expire on January 10, 2021.  The Bureau is not amending the provision in Regulation Z stating that the GSE Patch will expire if the GSEs (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) exit conservatorship.

In releasing the final rule, the Bureau is taking steps to ensure a smooth and orderly transition away from the GSE Patch and to maintain access to responsible, affordable mortgage credit upon its expiration.  Further, the Bureau is taking this action to ensure that responsible, affordable credit remains available to consumers who may be affected if the GSE Patch expires before the mandatory compliance date of a final rule amending the General QM loan definition.  The Bureau issued a proposal to amend the General QM loan definition on June 22, 2020, the same day it issued a proposal to extend the GSE Patch.  The Bureau is currently developing a final rule amending the General QM loan definition and is planning to issue it at a later date.

The Dodd-Frank Act amended the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) to establish ability-to-repay requirements for most residential mortgage loans.  TILA identifies factors a creditor must consider in making a reasonable and good faith assessment of a consumer's ability to repay.  TILA also defines a category of loans called QMs, which are presumed to comply with the ability-to-repay requirements.  In 2013, the Bureau issued the Ability-to-Repay/Qualified Mortgage (ATR/QM) rule, which established a general QM standard for loans where the consumer's debt-to-income (DTI) ratio is 43 percent or less and that meet various other requirements. 

The ATR/QM Rule also created the GSE Patch as a temporary QM definition.  The GSE Patch provides QM status to certain mortgage loans eligible for purchase or guarantee by either of the GSEs.  GSE Patch loans are eligible for QM status even if the DTI ratio exceeds 43 percent.  Last year, the Bureau released an assessment of the ATR/QM Rule and found that GSE Patch loans represent a large and persistent share of mortgage originations.  As noted above, the GSE Patch is scheduled to expire soon, and absent regulatory action the Bureau estimates that approximately 957,000 mortgage loans would be affected by the expiration of the GSE Patch.  The Bureau estimates that, after the GSE Patch expires, some of these loans would either not be made or would be made but at a higher price.    

On August 18, 2020 the Bureau also issued a proposed rule related to the ATR/QM Rule to create a new category of QMs (Seasoned QMs).  The Bureau is planning to issue a final rule in connection with this proposal at a later date.

To read the final rule click here: files.consumerfinance.gov/f/documents/....

IRS is changing the forms for ordering tax transcripts and the old forms will not be available for use effective 3/1/2021.

The IRS has released the new version of the 4506-T form which will now be the 4506-C form (version September 2020). We strongly recommend implementing these changes as soon as possible to mitigate potential issues, as the IRS will only accept the form 4506-C starting March 1st, 2021.

 

Supreme Court declares CFPB unconstitutional!  The Supreme Court has held that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) single-director, for-cause removal structure is unconstitutional because it violates the separation of powers.  However, the court found that the structure can be saved by striking out the for-cause termination provision.   View the complete announcement here. 

MBA Statement on the Supreme Court Ruling in Seila v. CFPB

To review the full ruling, click here.

CFPB Takes steps to address GSE Patch
MBA Statement on CFPB’s Proposed Changes to the QM Rule and Extension of the GSE Patch   
  To read the NPRM on the General QM loan definition, click here: files.consumerfinance.gov/f/documents/....
  To read the NPRM on the proposed extension of the QM Patch, click here: files.consumerfinance.gov/f/documents/....
CFPB ISSUES INTERPRETIVE RULE ON METHOD FOR DETERMINING UNDERSERVED AREAS

  The list of rural and underserved counties, using the HMDA data described in the interpretive rule, can be found on the Bureau's website at https://www.consumerfinance.gov/policy-compliance/guidance/mortgage-resources/rural-and-underserved-counties-list/
   The interpretive rule can be found here: files.consumerfinance.gov/f/documents/....

CFPB Issues Interim Final Rule on Loss Mitigation Options for Homeowners Recovering from Pandemic-Related Financial Hardships

   Click here to learn about mortgage and housing assistance during the pandemic: https://www.cfpb.gov/housing
   Click here to read the IFR: files.consumerfinance.gov/f/documents/...


CFPB AND STATE regulators PROVIDE ADDITIONAL GUIDANCE TO ASSIST BORROWERS IMPACTED BY THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

 

The President signs the PPP Flexibility Act into law

 

 

CFPB, FHFA, & HUD LAUNCH JOINT MORTGAGE AND HOUSING ASSISTANCE WEBSITE FOR AMERICANS IMPACTED BY COVID-19

The Federal Housing Administration, Veterans Administration and the USDA Rural Housing Service jointly released this Fact Sheet on CARES Act forbearances for servicers.

Bloomberg article: Dirt-Cheap U.S. Mortgages Thwarted by $5 Billion in Margin Calls

Compliance InsidersWhat you should know about the LIBOR to SOFR transition - with Melissa Kozicki

UPDATE - URLA postponed - AGAIN


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