Comments due Aug. 10 on mortgage forms, Round 3

Comments are due Wednesday, August 10, for Round 3 of the CFPB’s “Know Before You Owe” project, the result of which will be a new, combined Truth in Lending/RESPA mortgage disclosure form.

Proposed Rule Makes Three Key Changes to AMTPA

The CFPB has published for public comment an interim final rule regarding the Alternative Mortgage Transaction Parity Act (AMTPA). Public comments on the rule are due Sept. 22, 2011.

Who is the President’s choice to lead the CFPB?

At last, a nominee – but still no director in sight.

On July 18, just days before the CFPB officially opened for business, President Obama nominated former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray to lead the Bureau.

Industry offers constructive feedback early in mortgage form process

Industry experts have not been shy about sharing input with the CFPB about their proposed new combined Truth in Lending/RESPA mortgage disclosure form.

Round 1 (which included the Ficus and Pecan forms) drew some 13,000 responses. The CFPB analyzed where the responses came from by ZIP code and generated a heat map to measure where users clicked on the forms the most.

Former Ohio AG nominated to head CFPB

President Obama is nominating Richard Cordray to be director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Cordray, currently the lead enforcement officer at the CFPB, is a former attorney general for the State of Ohio and he has a reputation as a fierce enforcer of the law against lenders. As A.G., he filed lawsuits against GMAC Mortgage, Merrill Lynch, and loan servicers.

CFPB ready to be ‘cop on the beat’

“Starting on July 21, we will be a cop on the beat — examining banks and protecting consumers,” said Elizabeth Warren, Harvard professor and special adviser to the Treasury Secretary, in a July 12 Treasury Department press release.

As acting head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Warren outlined the agency’s big bank supervision approach beginning July 21.

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