CFPB Issues Final Rule on HPML Escrow Exemption under The EGRRCPA
The CFPB has issued a final rule as a result of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (EGRRCPA) to potentially exempt additional institutions from the HPML escrow requirements.
The Rule will extend eligibility for the exemption to institutions with assets of no more than $10 billion, as long as the institution and any affiliates originated no more than 1,000 loans secured by a first lien on a principal dwelling in the prior year and other criteria are met.
The Rule will be in effect upon publication in the Federal Register.
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CFPB Moves Forward on Data Collection and Reporting Requirements for Women-owned, Minority-Owned and Small Business Credit Applications
On September 15th, the CFPB announced that it is in the process of writing regulations to implement Section 1071 of the Dodd-Frank Act. These are the long-awaited and much-discussed requirements to collect and report data for women-owned, minority-owned and small business credit applications.
As with most rules, there will be key terms that need defined, including the applications and institutions that will be covered. In addition, while the Act lays out mandatory data points, it also allows the CFPB to require collection and reporting of any additional data points that it feels would be helpful. What those data points may be and when that data collection is to occur are all items that the CFPB is looking to address. The CFPB also needs to address safeguarding that data (and accompanying disclosures); an applicant’s right to not provide certain information; and the collecting, maintaining, and reporting process.
The CFPB has provided some insight into some of the different options it is considering to implement these requirements. A High-Level Summary as well as a more detailed Outline have been made available, as well as a Discussion Guide for Small Entity Representatives.
We plan to look at this in more detail in our upcoming October edition of Banking on BCC.
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CFPB Proposes New QM Definition
The CFPB has released a proposed rule that would create a new Qualified Mortgage (QM) category for first-lien, fixed-rate loans meeting certain “performance requirements” over a 36-month timeframe while held “in-house”. These “seasoned QMs” would need to have fully amortizing payments; applicants’ debts and income considered and verified; and meet current restrictions on the loan term (cannot exceed 30 years) and points and fees. Seasoned QMs would also need to meet the following restrictions during a 36-month “seasoning period” that begins with the first payment due date:
- No more than two delinquencies of 30 days or more
- No delinquencies of 60 days or more
There would be a $50 “payment tolerance” that could be used up to three times during the seasoning period. In other words, creditors could decide not to treat a payment as late if it’s within $50 of the amount due. The proposal also allows any seasoning period to resume after a payment accommodation made in connection with a disaster or pandemic-related national emergency, if certain conditions are met.
There have been a few different proposals in the ATR/QM arena lately. If you remember, proposals were also released to revise the standard QM definition and to extend the temporary QM category for loans eligible for purchase or guarantee by Fannie or Freddie. That temporary category of QMs will otherwise expire no later than January 10, 2021. These proposals are all related to each other, as the CFPB does not want to see the temporary category of QMs for Fannie/Freddie loans expire without other QM options in place for those loans. Again, these are just proposals but it’s probably safe to say there will be changes affecting the Ability to Repay and QM requirements and restrictions.
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CFPB Updates HMDA FAQs
The CFPB recently updated its HMDA FAQs to emphasize that credit score(s), DTI (debt-to-income), CLTV (combined loan-to-value), income and property value MUST be reported whenever those items are relied on in making a credit decision. In other words, even if different or additional factors ultimately led to the credit decision, these fields are to be reported, when considered in your decision. Small Filers would have an exemption for these fields, except income.
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Remittance Transfer FAQs on COVID-19
The CFPB recently issued FAQs on remittance transfer errors in light of COVID-19 and government-mandated closings. This guidance states if a remittance transfer is not delivered to the recipient by the disclosed date of availability due to such closings, it’s not an error if it’s the result of extraordinary circumstances outside the remittance transfer provider’s control that could not have been reasonably anticipated…However, if the provider should have been able to anticipate the delay because, for example, the closings had already been announced at the time the remittance transfer was sent, it would be an error subject to the remittance transfer error resolution requirements.
In a May 12th blog, we alerted you to the fact that the threshold to determine whether you are subject to the remittance transfer rule will increase from 100 to 500, effective July 21, 2020. If you originated no more than 500 remittance transfers in the previous and current calendar year, you will not be subject to the rule come July 21st. However, if you had been covered under the rule (because you sent more than 100 remittance transfers in the previous or current calendar year), you still need to apply the applicable requirements to those transfers where payment was made prior to July 21st. This would include the requirements for error resolution.
Check out our June 2020 edition of Banking on BCC for more on the Remittance Transfer Rule Changes.
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