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THE INFORMER Compliance and Regulatory News


October 2013





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Proposed Risk Retention Rule FHA’s Oversight of Fannie Mae’s 2013 Settlement with Bank of America CFPB issues Final Ruling HUD Proposed Rule FNMA Servicing Notice FHFA Launches National Education Campaign NJ Flood Insurance Premiums Rising Banks Abandon Mortgage Preapprovals

10 Meet Bunk Wurth

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2014 CFPB Changes

The Mortgage Servicing Industry will experience major changes as a result of CFPB rulings beginning January 2014.

Are you Ready?

Effective January 10, 2014        

Qualified Mortgage/Ability to Repay Rule Loan Originator Compensation TILA HPML Appraisals ECOA Valuations Escrows 2013 HOEPA Rule Servicing TILA Servicing RESPA

Effective March 18, 2014 

Disparate Impact Rule

Do you need assistance with understanding and preparing for these changes? ELMS Services, LLC has knowledgeable staff available to help your company prepare for these industry changes. Contact Elm Services LLC for more information 1-877-303-3567 (ELMS)

INDUSTRY UPDATE Did you know that the Mortgage Bankers Association has a New Brand, New Logo and a New Street Address? Go to & update your records today! 4

INDUSTRY NEWS Agencies Request Comment on Proposed Risk Retention Rule (2013-287)


risk retention reproposal is being issued jointly by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the Securities and Exchange Commission, in coordination with the Secretary of the Treasury. The original Dodd-Frank proposal generally measured compliance with the risk retention requirements

FHFA Office of Inspector General Evaluation Report: FHA’s Oversight of Fannie Mae’s 2013 Settlement with Bank of America (2013-288)


Office of Inspector General (OIG) reviewed FHFA’s approved $11.6 billion settlement between Fannie Mae and Bank of America. Their findings include that the FHFA should develop a standardized review process for compensatory fee settlements and mortgage servic-

based on the par value of securities issued in a securitization transaction and included a socalled premium capture provision. The agencies are now proposing that risk retention generally be based on fair value measurements without a premium capture provision. The new proposal equates Qualified Residential Mortgage (QRM) to the definition of a Qualified Mortgage (QM), as defined under the rule that the CFPB recently finalized. Securitizations of QRMs are exempt from risk retention. The QM rule does not include underwriting based on credit history, LTV, or down payment. It does include an analysis of the boring rights transfers. In addition, the FHFA should engage policy and supervision staff earlier in the approval process and link checklists to documentation showing the applicable requirements were satisfied. The FHFA has

rower’s ability to repay, with a maximum DTI of 43 percent. In addition, the QM definition prohibits some types of loans and certain loan features, such as interest-only loans, balloon payments, or negatively amortizing loans. QM allows exceptions for rural lenders or small lenders, and allows loans that meet GSE underwriting standards to qualify for QM status, even with DTIs above 43 percent. The agencies are requesting comment on the revised proposed rule by October 30, 2013. Full News Release: PressRelease/Detail/ PressReagreed to enact OIG’s recommendations by January 31, 2013. Full News Release: http:// EVL-2013-009.pdf

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The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (CFPB) issued a final rule under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, and the Truth in Lending Act amending and clarifying its January 2013 mortgage rules.

Topics in the rule include: 

Clarifying the scope of activ-

HUD Proposed Rule: Housing Counseling Program: New Certification Requirements


Housing Counseling Program provides, through HUD -approved counseling agencies and state housing finance agencies, including their affiliates and branches, counseling to individuals seeking information about financing, maintaining,

ities prohibited during the 120-day ban on foreclosure referral. 

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Addressing the process for correcting mistakes that may occur when servicers perform initial completeness evaluations of loss mitigation applications, but later discover the application was incomplete. Facilitating the ability of servicers to offer short-term forbearance plans. Clarifying the definition of a

renting, or owning a home. The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act amended the housing counseling statute to improve the effectiveness of the program by, among other things, requiring that the entities and individual counselors be certified by HUD as competent to provide such services, and prohibiting distribution of grant funds to agencies found in violation of Federal election laws or who have employees found in viola-

loan originator. 

Facilitating lending by certain small creditors, including those predominantly operating in rural or underserved areas.

Clarifying application of the prohibition on creditors financing credit insurance premiums.

Slightly revising effective dates of several provisions of the Loan Originator rule.

Full News Release: http:// tion of Federal election laws, and requiring the reimbursement of grant funds for misuse of funds. This proposed rule would revise HUD's Housing Counseling Program regulations to adopt the new requirements applicable to counseling agencies and individual counselors, and the use of grant funds. Full News Release: https:// articles/2013/09/13/2013-

FNMA Servicing Notice: Updates to Allowable Foreclosure Time Frames

Fannie Mae is adjusting the maximum number of allowable days for routine foreclosure proceedings for three states (Nevada, Washington, and New Mexico), effective for foreclosure sales on or after September 1, 2013. Full Foreclosure Timetable: 7

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FHFA Launches National Education Campaign

their current lender or any other mortgage lender offering HARP refinances to review their refinancing Options.

Federal Housing Finance Agen-

Borrowers affected are those that have been making their mortgage payments but owe more on their home than it’s worth.

cy (FHFA) launched a nationwide campaign to inform homeowners about the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP). The campaign is designed to encourage homeowners to contact

As part of this campaign, FHFA has launched a new website,, and is working

NJ Flood Insurance Premiums Rising

with mortgage companies across the U.S. and HGTV personality and star of "Power Broker" Mike Aubrey to help reach homeowners who may qualify.

Full News Release: http:// article/2013-09-23/ av0TUA9Jxw4E.html

reform-act-2012 Watch the video below from the Flood Insurance Forum that explains the history of NFIP and also provides details on the premium changes that will be phased in beginning 2013:

If you are a resident of New Jersey, and you own

a property that is located in a mandatory flood zone, you could soon see an increase of 25% in flood insurance premium's.

In July 2012, Congress passed the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012. This act called on FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Act), to make changes to the way NFIP is run. The following are key provisions of the legislation:  Raise rates to reflect “true flood risk”,  Make the program more financially stable,  Change how Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) updates impact policyholder For Full Details, along with Q &A about this reform act visit:

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Meet Bunk Wurth!




lec (Bunk) Wurth grew up in Orange, California. At 36, Bunk was an excellent and dedicated special education teacher, a strong athlete, a committed friend, and a devoted son and brother.


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Bunk sustained a serious spinal cord injury while playing in a rugby match on February 25, 2006 in Southern California. The C4 and C5 vertebrae were dislocated into his spine, and he immediately lost all movement and sensation from the shoulders down. Initially, Bunk was able to move his shoulders and breathe on his own; however, since the surgical repair to the vertebrae and in the weeks following the injury, bruising elevated up the spine to the C2 level, which is currently rendering him unable to breathe on his own and dependent on a ventilator. Family, friends, and especially Bunk are confident that through his hard work and determination, the unconditional support of his family and friends, a strong faith, sincere prayers and modern medicine, Bunk will recover. Bunk has never faltered in maintaining the clear vision of his full recovery and healing. Visit his website at: Through this ordeal Bunk has proven to be an inspiration to everyone around him. Around the age of 15 or 16, Bunk took an interest in painting the American Flag. The accident and his inability to walk did not discourage him from continuing with this gift that he shares with students at the Speech and Language Development Center in Buena Park, a school for young adults with language and behavioral disorders. Wurth did not let his injury stop him from painting. He currently cannot use his hands to paint, so he paints with a tool designed for him to guide a paintbrush with his mouth.



Banks Abandon Mortgage Preapprovals. What the decline of preapprovals means for homebuyers


preapprovals reassure prospective home owners that the American dream is r e a c h a b l e . According to research provided by Anamaria Aandriotis of Dow Jones to Mortgage Watch , “ Preapprovals accounted for 4% of purchase mortgages

that were originated by these lenders last year, down from 9% in 2007”. Housing experts, however, say the decline in preapprovals is largely due to dwindling competition among mortgage lenders for new clients. “Prior to the recession, lenders used preapprovals as way to attract would-be borrowers. Buyers who had this commitment from a lender were more likely to turn to this company when they were ready to get the actual mortgage, “ says Keith Gumbinger, Vice Presi-

dent at mortgage-info

Based on information provided in this report a more detailed pre-qualification provides a “conditional approval” in the home buying process. This process is more common, although there is no written commitment, it allows the borrower to know where they stand in homeownership. Full News Release: http:// banks-abandon-mortgagepreapprovals-2013-10-02

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