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On July 7, the Kansas Office of the State Bank Commissioner again extended its remote work guidance for mortgage companies, mortgage loan originators, supervised loan licenses, credit service organizations, money transmitters, and credit notification registrations, previously covered here. With the update, working from home is permitted through September 15.
On June 23, the CFPB issued an interpretive rule to provide guidance for creditors and others involved in mortgage origination on the CFPB’s process for determining which counties and areas are considered “underserved” for a given calendar year. This interpretive rule supersedes certain parts of the official commentary to Regulation Z that became obsolete when HMDA data points were replaced or otherwise modified by the 2015 HMDA Final Rule. Lenders use the CFPB’s annual list of rural counties and rural or underserved counties when determining qualified exemptions to certain TILA regulatory requirements, such as “the exemption from the requirement to establish an escrow account for a higher-priced mortgage loan and the ability to originate balloon-payment qualified mortgages,” and use the CFPB’s Rural or Underserved Areas Tool to assess whether a rural or underserved area qualifies for a safe harbor under TILA’s Regulation Z. Under the interpretive rule, the CFPB will determine whether an area is considered “underserved” by counting first-lien originations from HMDA data from the preceding calendar year. The interpretive rule also discusses certain “covered transaction” exclusions that will not be counted related to (i) construction methods and total units; (ii) open-end lines of credit and reverse mortgages; (iii) business or commercial purposes; and (iv) demographic information where both the applicant’s and co-applicant’s ethnicity, race, sex, and age are all reported as “not applicable.” The interpretive rule is effective upon publication in the Federal Register.
Washington Department of Financial Institutions extends guidance on remote work for mortgage loan originators
On June 22, the Washington Department of Financial Institutions issued interim regulatory guidance to licensed mortgage loan originators and companies that sponsor them relating to temporary remote work. The guidance extends earlier interim guidance permitting mortgage loan originators to work from home, previously covered here, until December 31, 2020.
On June 11, the Kansas Office of the State Bank Commissioner extended its remote work guidance, previously covered here, for mortgage companies, mortgage loan originators, supervised loan licensees, credit services organizations, money transmitters, and credit notification registrants. Licensed or registered individuals and entities are permitted to work from their residences or a company designated location, provided certain requirements are met, through July 15, 2020.
On June 9, the CFPB released a factsheet on TRID Title Insurance Disclosures and FAQs regarding lender credits on the total payments disclosure, the optional signature line, and separating consumer and seller information. Highlights of each document include:
- TRID Title Insurance Disclosures. The factsheet discusses the two forms of title insurance commonly purchased in residential transactions—lender’s title insurance and owner’s title insurance. The factsheet breaks down the disclosure rules for each, including, among other things, (i) when and how the costs are required to be disclosed; (ii) specifics regarding simultaneous title insurance; and (iii) differences between state disclosures and TRID disclosures for simultaneous rates. The Bureau also provides detailed disclosure examples for various title insurance scenarios.
- FAQs. The updated FAQs note, among other things, that when providing separate closing disclosures to sellers and consumers, the TRID Rule requires seller-paid loan costs and other costs to be disclosed on page 2 of the consumer’s Closing Disclosure. Additionally, the FAQs provide a breakdown of the Total of Payments disclosure on the Closing Disclosure and discuss when a creditor may require a consumer to sign a Loan Estimate or Closing Disclosure.
On June 11, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced the extension of several temporary origination flexibilities put in place to assist borrowers during the Covid-19 pandemic. Specifically, FHFA has extended until at least July 31, the following flexibilities: “(i) alternative appraisals on purchase and rate term refinance loans; (ii) alternative methods for verifying employment before loan closing; (iii) expanding the use of power of attorney and remote online notarizations to assist with loan closings; and (iv) authority to purchase mortgages in forbearance.” The extensions are reflected in updates to the following Fannie Mae Lender Letters LL-2020-03, LL 2020-04, LL-2020-06, and Covid-19 selling FAQs. Similar updates include Freddie Mac’s Guide Bulletin 2020-23 and Covid-19 selling-related FAQs.
On June 5, the Louisiana Office of Financial Institutions updated its non-depository 2020 Covid-19 emergency declarations to extend earlier guidance regarding closure of licensed locations and temporary location changes for residential mortgage lenders, brokers and originators, check cashers, lenders or brokers licensed pursuant to the Louisiana Consumer Credit Law and the Louisiana Deferred Presentment and Small Loan Act, pawnbrokers, and repossession agents and bond for deed escrow agents. The original emergency declarations were previously covered here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. The declarations extend the guidance until June 26, 2020, unless terminated sooner.
On June 3, Fannie Mae updated its Covid-19 FAQs for sellers to reflect updates to the temporary purchase and refinance eligibility outlined in Lender Letter LL-2020-03. As previously covered by InfoBytes, Fannie Mae announced that borrowers are eligible to purchase a new home or refinance their mortgage if they are current on their mortgage—defined as having “made all mortgage payments due in the month prior to the note date of the new loan transaction by no later than the last business day of that month”—or if the mortgage is currently in a loss mitigation solution (the borrower must have made at least three timely payments as of the note date of the new transaction). The newly updated selling FAQs outline additional details of this policy, including (i) what is meant by “full payments” with regard to loss mitigation programs; (ii) whether the forbearance must be completed before a borrower can be eligible for a purchase or refinance transaction; and (iii) what sources of funds are eligible to be used to reinstate mortgages with missed payments.
Oklahoma Department of Consumer Credit issues an extension to interim guidance regarding temporary operations from home or alternate locations
On June 1, the Oklahoma Department of Consumer Credit issued a Second Amended Interim Guidance that extends previous guidance permitting mortgage loan originators and employees of regulated entities to work from home or an alternate site, as long as certain data security precautions are taken (previously discussed here and here). The guidance was extended through July 5, 2020.
On June 1, South Dakota’s Division of Banking updated Memorandum 11-003 (previously covered here) to extend the time period in which licensed mortgage loan originators can work from home until December 31, 2020, so long as certain conditions relating to data and records security are met.