As a result of the CFPB’s enforcement action against Wells Fargo Bank, customers of its auto loan, mortgage, and banking businesses could expect to receive payments that help make up for the bank’s illegal practices.
The past two years of high inflation have been difficult for renters. A substantial percentage of renters missed rent payments, and relatively few renters who missed payments found assistance. Additionally, we show that the transition to homeownership has slowed markedly in the past year. Notably, Black and Hispanic families were less likely than non-Hispanic white families to get a mortgage when interest rates were low.
Cuando las tasas de interés son las más altas de los últimos 20 años, los propietarios de viviendas muy probablemente recibirán ofertas, o buscarán alternativas de hipotecas con tasa fija, que les ayuden a reducir sus pagos hipotecarios mensuales.
With mortgage interest rates elevated to levels not seen in many years, homebuyers are more likely to be offered, or seek out, alternatives to fixed-rate mortgages to help lower their monthly mortgage payments. Mortgage applicants should be aware of how these programs work to select the best option for their financial situation.
Office of Research blog: Higher interest rates leading to higher debt burdens for mortgage borrowers
Mortgage interest rates have been rising sharply in recent months, impacting mortgage borrowers and applicants. Using quarterly HMDA data on closed-end home-purchase loans, we find that monthly payments and debt burdens (as measured by DTI) have increased, with a higher percentage of mortgage application denials reporting DTI as a reason for not qualifying.
This week, we filed a friend-of-the-court brief to protect consumers’ funds from unauthorized withdrawals by credit card companies.
Lenders must ensure all borrowers have equal access to available reconsideration of valuation processes.
The CFPB seeks insights on ways to improve mortgage refinances for homeowners who would benefit from refinancing, especially for borrowers with smaller loan balances. We also want public input on ways to support assistance for mortgage borrowers who experience financial disruptions.
Housing costs rose rapidly last year but some people feel this inflation more than others. New research shows that low-income renters’ credit card debt increased by nearly 40 percent over the last year, far faster than owners.
Far too many minority households and businesses continue to lack fair and equitable access to credit. Federal agencies encourage lenders to explore use of special purpose credit programs to better serve historically disadvantaged individuals and communities.
Markets work best when rules are simple, easy to understand, and easy to enforce. The CFPB is seeking to move away from highly complicated rules that have long been a staple of consumer financial regulation and towards simpler and clearer rules. In addition, the CFPB is dramatically increasing the amount of guidance it is providing to the marketplace, in accordance with the same principles.
We’ve published a Beginner’s Guide to Accessing and Using Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Data, a resource for those interested in using these comprehensive data on the U.S. mortgage market. The Guide covers the basics of what HMDA data are and how to access them, as well as a step-by-step guide for creating certain data summaries.
Flooding, fire, drought, and other climate risks have always been a danger to property and safety. However, with the changing climate, these risks are increasing, impacting the probability of damage, cost of utilities, price of insurance, and potential resale value of homes.
This week, we filed a friend-of-the-court brief to protect borrowers' rights under federal law to obtain vital information about their mortgage loans from servicers.
As the economy recovers from the global pandemic, American families and businesses are experiencing higher prices.
If you’re a homeowner struggling to make housing-related payments due to the pandemic, help is available or coming soon
There is help for homeowners financially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Homeowner Assistance Fund (HAF) is a federal program that provides aid to states, Tribes, and territories to assist homeowners with housing-related costs. Learn how to sign up for more information or apply for assistance.
New analysis in our Making Ends Meet survey series shows that consumers’ finances improved during the pandemic as pandemic policies kept consumers who lost their jobs from suffering financial hardship. But some pandemic-related flexibilities and forbearance programs failed to reach many consumers facing hardship.
Seven examples of unfair practices and other violations by mortgage servicers: CFPB supervision activities uncover red flags
A review of our 2021 supervision activities revealed unfair acts and practices, and other violations, by mortgage servicers. Here’s what to be aware of and how to find the resources you need if you’re struggling to make your mortgage payments.
If you have an adjustable-rate mortgage, reverse mortgage, HELOC, student loan, or credit card, your interest rate may be based on the LIBOR index, which is being discontinued. Here’s how to stay vigilant of changes to your index.
Deadline to request initial forbearance for HUD/FHA, USDA, or VA backed loans is extended until National Emergency ends
If you have a mortgage backed by HUD/FHA, USDA, or VA and are struggling to make payments due to the pandemic, you can request initial forbearance anytime during the COVID-19 National Emergency.
New rule ensures mortgage servicers provide options to potentially vulnerable borrowers exiting forbearance
Effective August 31, a new rule amending Regulation X aims to ensure eligible borrowers have a meaningful opportunity for loss mitigation after exiting mortgage forbearance programs.
Mientras las protecciones expiran, la nueva normativa para la administración hipotecaria busca reducir las ejecuciones que sean evitables
En efecto desde el 31 de agosto del 2021, la nueva normativa les exige a los administradores hipotecarios ofrecerles a los propietarios, oportunidades reales para evitar el “foreclosure” y mantenerse en sus viviendas, mientras algunos programas federales de aplazamiento comienzan a expirar.
Effective August 31, 2021, a new rule requires mortgage servicers to provide meaningful opportunities for homeowners to avoid foreclosure and keep their homes as certain federal forbearance programs begin to expire.
As part of CFPB’s continued effort to combat housing insecurity and promote racial equity, the Bureau is partnering with the Department of Housing and Urban Development to lead a tech sprint on post-pandemic housing challenges. We are asking participants to develop innovative digital tools to raise visibility of housing assistance resources focused on alleviating challenges faced by those with housing insecurity and aiding the connection of housing insecure households and the small landlords that serve them to those providing aid.
The federal foreclosure moratoria are set to expire July 31st, and lenders and mortgage servicers can start foreclosing on homes as soon as August 1st. Homeowners who are behind on their mortgages must act now to save their homes.