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Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ordered a Connecticut mortgage lender, 1st Alliance Lending, LLC (First Alliance), to pay an $83,000 civil money penalty for violating federal law by illegally splitting real estate settlement fees. First Alliance self-reported these violations to the Bureau, admitted liability, and provided information related to the conduct of other actors that has facilitated other enforcement investigations.
Prepared Remarks of Steven Antonakes Deputy Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Mortgage Bankers Association Orlando, Florida February 19, 2014 Good afternoon. Thank you for the invitation to be here with you today. By way of background, I am a career bank regulator. I cut my teeth during the end of the S&L Crisis […]
Thank you all for being here. Our topic of discussion today has deep resonance for me. Having worked on financial education issues at the local, state, and now the federal level of government, I have come to know firsthand how important it is for our school districts, as well as state and local officials, to be directly involved in the financial education of our children.
Thank you for joining us. Today we are taking important steps to improve information about the residential mortgage market. As Congress required in the Dodd-Frank Act, we are considering proposing rules that would make changes in how financial institutions report their mortgage activity. One of the main purposes of this effort is to gain greater insight into issues about access to credit. We are also releasing an important new tool today so the public can better use the mortgage loan data that is already available. Taken together, we believe these efforts can improve the quality of and access to mortgage loan data, even as we relieve many of the pain points for creditors in the current data collection process. In short, these efforts are about better information, better collection, and better access to mortgage loan data.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is taking steps to improve information reported about the residential mortgage market to help better understand borrowers’ access to credit. As a first step in the rulemaking process, the CFPB is convening a panel of small businesses to provide feedback on potential changes to mortgage information reported under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA). Today the Bureau is also unveiling a new online tool that makes it easier to navigate the publicly available HMDA data.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that they will be accepting electronic signatures on documents associated with Federal Housing Administration (FHA) mortgage loans. In November 2013, the CFPB finalized its “Know Before You Owe” rule that improves the information consumers get when they’re shopping for a mortgage and […]
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) today issued a report highlighting problems like unfair and deceptive practices in the mortgage servicing market uncovered through the Bureau’s supervision program in 2013. The report also notes that, between July and October 2013, consumers received $2.6 million as result of overall non-public supervisory activities at the banks and nonbanks the CFPB oversees.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) initiated an administrative proceeding against PHH Corporation and its affiliates (PHH), alleging PHH harmed consumers through a mortgage insurance kickback scheme that started as early as 1995. The CFPB is seeking a civil fine, a permanent injunction to prevent future violations, and victim restitution.
Advisory Offers Tips to Protect Accounts in Wake of Recent Payment Card Data Breaches WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) published a consumer advisory to help consumers protect themselves in the wake of the recent breaches of payment card and other data. The advisory also contains information on where to get […]
Chairman Hensarling, Ranking Member Waters, and Members of the Committee, thank you for inviting me to testify today about the fourth Semi-Annual Report of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Since we opened our doors just over two years ago, the Bureau has been focused on making consumer financial markets work better for the American people, […]
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed a rule that would allow it to supervise certain nonbank international money transfer providers for the first time. The proposed rule would bring new oversight to larger nonbank international money transfer providers, to make sure they are adhering to the CFPB’s new protections for consumers sending money abroad.
Thank you for inviting me to come speak with you once again. When I was here in 2012, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau had just opened its doors. Today, I come to you after more than two years of concrete accomplishments. We have helped solve tens of thousands of individual consumer problems. We are returning over three billion dollars to consumers so far, and we have gone after those who try to take advantage of them. And we have put in place new rules that bring historic changes to make the multi-trillion dollar mortgage market work better for consumers and help see to it that the terrible collapse we went through just five years ago will never happen again.
Bureau Orders Missouri Lender to Pay $81,000 for Illegal Kickback Scheme WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ordered a Missouri mortgage lender, Fidelity Mortgage Corporation, and its former owner and current president, Mark Figert, to pay $81,076 for funneling illegal kickbacks to a bank in exchange for real estate referrals. “Kickbacks harm consumers […]
When people are making decisions about buying a home, they deserve the best possible guidance. Housing counselors and legal aid lawyers provide that sort of impartial advice, and you also offer much-needed help with rental and credit issues. But you also have been invaluable advisors to many homeowners in trouble. In fact, you are, to my mind, the unsung heroes of the foreclosure crisis, which would have done much greater damage to American consumers and American communities if not for your persistent service to those in need. We all know that particular work is not finished. You still stand in the breach to support millions of homeowners who are struggling with their mortgages and may be in imminent danger of losing their homes. All of us at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau salute you for this important work that you do every day.