Editor: David Reiss
Brooklyn Law School

June 12, 2015

Friday’s Government Reports

By Serenna McCloud

  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently released a report entitled A Closer Look a Reverse Mortgage Advertisements and Consumer Risks which discusses its findings regarding the failure of reverse mortgage ads to mention the considerable risks involved in reverse mortgage loans (while extolling their virtues).  The CFPB also released a consumer advisory to warn seniors about the potential pitfalls of reverse mortgages.
  • A new rule requiring a Three Day Review Period for Mortgage applications submitted after August 1st, 2015 will only apply if certain (3) changes are made before closing: 1. Changes in Annual Percentage Rate (APR); 2) Prepayment terms; 3) Basic loan product changes (i.e. from fixed at adjustable rate). The CFPB has released a factsheet detailing how the new rule functions.
  • The Federal Housing Finance Agency unveiled an interactive online map to help “in the money borrowers” identify the opportunity (those eligible for The Home Affordable Refinance Program aka HARP).
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