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"Mortgage regulation developments: Qualified mortgage updates and Covid-19 assistance" by Sasha Leonhardt (ABA)

American Bar Association

Sasha Leonhardt

Throughout the past year, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) continued to actively issue rules and other guidance applicable to the mortgage industry. This survey highlights recent developments related to qualified mortgages (“QM”), specifically the publication of four final rules that extended the applicability of the Temporary Government-Sponsored Enterprise (“GSE”) QM, updated the definition of General QM loans, added a new Sea- soned QM loan category, and delayed the General QM mandatory compliance date. Additionally, the CFPB provided Covid-19 assistance by way of an in- terim final rule amending Regulation X regarding loss mitigation, a final Covid-19 focused mortgage servicing rule under Regulation X, and the release of a housing insecurity bulletin to provide guidance as servicers resume foreclo- sure activities.

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Originally published in ABA; reprinted with permission.

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