In lender letters issued this week, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced that any loans purchased by the GSEs after July 1, must conform to the requirements outlined in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s recently finalized QM final rule—effectively signaling the end of the so-called “GSE-patch.”
Delaying the mandatory compliance date of the new QM rules could “foster disruptive market confusion and complicate bank compliance efforts considerably,” ABA said in a comment letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau yesterday.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau today proposed to establish a temporary COVID-19 emergency pre-foreclosure review period under Regulation X that would prohibit servicers from making the first notice or filing required to initiate foreclosure until Dec. 31.
In a compliance bulletin issued today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau called on mortgage servicers to “take all necessary steps now”—including ensuring adequate staffing and resources—to be prepared to work with customers exiting COVID-19 forbearance programs this fall.
The share of current and performing first-lien mortgages in the fourth quarter of 2020 was 93.3%, down from 96.5% a year ago, according to the Mortgage Metrics Report released by the OCC today.
In two comment letters to the Federal Housing Finance Agency last week, the American Bankers Association weighed in on proposed changes to liquidity requirements for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, as well as proposed changes to resolution planning requirements for the two GSEs.
More than 10% of respondents in a recent Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia survey said they had entered mortgage forbearance at some point during the pandemic, with 6.4% currently in a forbearance plan and 4.1% reporting they had previously been in forbearance since March 1, 2020.
As expected, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau today proposed to delay the mandatory compliance date of the General Qualified Mortgage final rule from July 1, 2021, to Oct. 1, 2022.
At his confirmation hearing to serve as the next director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau today, Rohit Chopra told lawmakers he has “a completely open mind” about changes to the Qualified Mortgage rules, adding that he will “look to what the statute says and what Congress’ goals are” as the bureau reviews the rules.
The number of homeowners that are behind on their mortgage has doubled since the beginning of the pandemic, with 6% of mortgages in delinquency as of December 2020, according to a new report issued by the CFPB today.