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  • Dealerships, Lenders Bolster Compliance Staffs in Face of CFPB Crackdown 
    Automotive News 02 Apr 2014
    With the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau cracking down on auto lending practices, auto lenders and dealerships are expanding their compliance staffs.
  • Realtors to FHA: Your Mortgage Insurance Rates Drive Buyers Away 
    Housing Wire 02 Apr 2014
    National Association of Realtors President Steve Brown has reached out to the FHA, hoping to persuade the agency to lower its annual mortgage insurance premiums.
  • Senate Moving to Extend Mortgage Debt Forgiveness Act 
    American Banker 02 Apr 2014
    Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) on April 1 introduced a tax bill that would renew the Mortgage Debt Forgiveness Relief Act for two years. The provision, which expired Jan.
  • Major Agreement Reached to Stop Marketing of Title Loans in NYS 
    EmpireStateNews.net 02 Apr 2014
    As part of a crackdown on title loans, which use a borrower's personal vehicle as collateral, New York's attorney general has brokered deals with 10 companies that agree to stop repossessing cars in ...
  • Overdraft Fees at Banks Hit High, Despite Curbs 
    Wall Street Journal 02 Apr 2014
    The estimated median overdraft fee reached a record $30 last year -- up from $29 in 2012 and $26 in 2009, according to a Moebs Services poll of 2,890 banks and credit unions.
  • Va. Corporations Settle Title Loans Suit for $1.2 Million 
    Herald-Mail Online 02 Apr 2014
    In a $1.2 million settlement, Virginia title loan companies Fast Auto Loans Inc. and Virginia Auto Loans have agreed to pay West Virginia $450,000 over allegations that they abused and harassed ...
  • GSEs Execute Three Million-Plus Foreclosure Prevention Actions Since 2008 
    National Mortgage Professional Magazine 02 Apr 2014
    The Federal Housing Finance Agency reports that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac carried out almost 448,000 foreclosure prevention actions in 2013, including 99,700 in the last three months of the year.
  • Payday Loan Bill Moves to Senate 
    New Orleans Advocate 02 Apr 2014
    A Louisiana Senate committee has dramatically altered Senate Bill 84, a proposal by Sen. Ben Nevers (D-Bogalusa) to make payday loans more affordable and limit the amount of interest that can be ...
  • Some Americans Paid Off Credit Cards While Waiting for Foreclosure 
    Wall Street Journal 02 Apr 2014
    As the foreclosure crisis reached epidemic proportions around 2009, borrowers were able to remain in their homes for a longer period of time -- up to three years, for some -- while lenders plodded ...
  • Consumer Complaints Jump 80 Percent in 2013: CFPB 
    American Banker 01 Apr 2014
    Americans inundated the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau with 160,000 grievances in 2013, almost 80 percent more than in the previous year, the regulator revealed in a report issued on March 31.
  • Cook County Sues Bank of America on Predatory Lending Charges 
    Chicago Real Estate Daily 01 Apr 2014
    After filing suit against HSBC units on March 24 for alleged predatory lending practices, Cook County, Ill., has now taken similar action against Bank of America.
  • Reloadable Prepaid Cards Highly Favored 
    ABA Banking Journal 01 Apr 2014
    A new survey conducted on behalf of the American Bankers Association finds that many American adults believe the features of reloadable prepaid cards are especially beneficial to consumers.
  • Predators Target Homes of Older Americans 
    AARP 01 Apr 2014
    A growing number of home foreclosures are tied to delinquent taxes instead of delinquent mortgage payments, reports the National Consumer Law Center.
  • Louisiana Tax Refund: Bill Addresses Check or Prepaid Debit Card Debate 
    Times-Picayune (New Orleans) 31 Mar 2014
    The Louisiana House Ways and Means Committee has passed a bill by Rep. Jim Fannin (R-Jonesboro) that would change the default method by which people receive their tax refunds.
  • Architect of Postal Banking Proposal Speaks Out 
    American Banker 31 Mar 2014
    While the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) already offers domestic money orders and global money transfers, a paper released in January proposes to greatly expand its menu of financial services to reach ...
  • Credit Card Solicitors Have Nearly Disappeared at Colleges 
    Utica Observer-Dispatch (NY) 31 Mar 2014
    A report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that today's college campuses are largely devoid of credit card vendors vying for their business.
  • Payday Loan Reform Still a Possibility 
    Albuquerque Journal 31 Mar 2014
    New Mexico legislators have proposed a constitutional amendment that would limit total charges on all short-term loans to an annual percentage rate (APR) of 36 percent.
  • CFPB Issues TILA-RESPA Compliance Guide 
    Housing Wire 31 Mar 2014
    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has put together a manual to help lenders comply with the Integrated Disclosure Rule, which consolidates the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) and the Real Estate ...
  • Fannie Mae to Fine Mortgage Servicers 
    Housing Wire 30 Mar 2014
    Beginning on May 1, mortgage servicers that submit loan reports that are behind deadline or inaccurate could incur a penalty from Fannie Mae.
  • Controversial FHA Payoff Rule to End 
    Los Angeles Times 30 Mar 2014
    For years, if an FHA mortgage was paid off before maturity, at closing the borrower would be expected to pay up a full month's interest.
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