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Prepared Remarks of CFPB Director Richard Cordray on the Ocwen Enforcement Action Press Call

Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is filing a lawsuit against Ocwen, one of the nation’s largest nonbank mortgage servicers. We are seeking relief to compensate consumers for years of systemic and significant errors throughout the mortgage servicing process, which cost some of them their homes. 

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Prepared Remarks of CFPB Director Richard Cordray at the Mortgage Bankers Association

Thank you for having me today. Over the past five years, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Mortgage Bankers Association have each been working in our own ways to revive a mortgage industry that was devastated by the financial crisis. During the run-up to the crisis, we saw established traditions of responsible lending pushed aside by predatory actors whose misconduct hurt millions of Americans. It led to disruptions in the mortgage markets, transmitted through securitization channels to the broader financial system, which triggered its collapse.

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Expands Foreclosure Protections

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) today finalized new measures to ensure that homeowners and struggling borrowers are treated fairly by mortgage servicers. The updated rule requires servicers to provide certain borrowers with foreclosure protections more than once over the life of the loan, clarifies borrower protections when the servicing of a loan is transferred, and provides important loan information to borrowers in bankruptcy. 

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CFPB Recovers $107 Million in Relief for More Than 238,000 Consumers Through Supervisory Actions

Examiners Uncover Illegal Practices in Student Loan Servicing, Mortgage Origination and Servicing, Consumer Reporting, and Debt Collection Markets WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its latest supervision report outlining the illegal practices uncovered by the Bureau’s examiners from May 2015 to August 2015. The Bureau found violations in the student […]

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CFPB Provides Guidance About Marketing Services Agreements

Bulletin Highlights Risks of Agreements Violating Federal Prohibition on Mortgage Kickbacks WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) today issued a bulletin providing guidance to the mortgage industry regarding marketing services agreements. The bulletin offers an overview of the federal prohibition on mortgage kickbacks and referral fees, and describes examples from the Bureau’s […]

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CFPB Monthly Complaint Snapshot Spotlights Mortgage Complaints

Report Also Includes In-Depth Look at Consumer Complaints in Denver, Colo. WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its latest monthly consumer complaints snapshot, which highlights mortgage complaints. According to the report, consumers continue to face problems with mortgage servicing, particularly during certain circumstances, such as when they apply for a […]

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CFPB Takes Action Against Mortgage Company for Blocking Consumers’ Attempts to Save Their Homes

Residential Credit Solutions to Pay $1.5 Million for Servicing Wrongs WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) took action against Residential Credit Solutions, Inc. for blocking consumers’ attempts to save their homes from foreclosure. The mortgage servicer failed to honor modifications for loans transferred from other servicers, treated consumers as if they […]

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CFPB and Federal Trade Commission Take Action Against Green Tree Servicing for Mistreating Borrowers Trying to Save Their Homes

Green Tree to Pay $48 Million in Borrower Restitution and $15 Million Fine for Servicing Failures WASHINGTON, D.C.– Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) took action against Green Tree Servicing, LLC, for mistreating mortgage borrowers who were trying to save their homes from foreclosure. The mortgage servicer failed […]

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CFPB Proposes Expanded Foreclosure Protections

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed additional measures to ensure that homeowners and struggling borrowers are treated fairly by mortgage servicers. The proposal would require servicers to provide certain borrowers with foreclosure protections more than once over the life of the loan, to put in place additional servicing transfer protections, and to take steps to protect borrowers from a wrongful foreclosure sale. The proposal would also help ensure that surviving family members and others who inherit or receive property have the same protections under the CFPB’s mortgage servicing rules as the original borrower.

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CFPB Supervision Report Highlights Risky Practices in Student Loan Servicing

Examiners Also Uncover Violations of Mortgage Servicing Laws WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) today issued a report highlighting illegal actions uncovered by the Bureau’s supervision of the student loan servicing market. Bureau examiners found that companies engaged in illegal practices like charging unfair late fees and harassing debt collection calls. Bureau […]

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Prepared Remarks of CFPB Director Richard Cordray on the Flagstar Enforcement Action Press Call

Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is taking its first enforcement action under the Bureau’s new mortgage servicing rules. We are entering an order against Michigan-based Flagstar Bank for violating those rules by failing borrowers and illegally blocking them from trying to save their homes. Flagstar took excessive time to process borrowers’ applications, did not tell them when their applications were incomplete, denied loan modifications to qualified borrowers, and illegally delayed finalizing permanent loan modifications. These unlawful practices caused many consumers to lose the homes they had been trying to save. That is wrong and it is unacceptable.

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CFPB Takes Action Against Flagstar Bank for Violating New Mortgage Servicing Rules

Washington, D.C. – Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) took action against Michigan-based Flagstar Bank for violating the CFPB’s new mortgage servicing rules by illegally blocking borrowers’ attempts to save their homes. At every step in the foreclosure relief process, Flagstar failed borrowers. The bank took excessive time to process borrowers’ applications for foreclosure relief, failed to tell borrowers when their applications were incomplete, denied loan modifications to qualified borrowers, and illegally delayed finalizing permanent loan modifications. The CFPB is ordering Flagstar to halt its illegal activities, pay $27.5 million to victims, and pay a $10 million fine.

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CFPB Issues Bulletin to Prevent Runarounds in Mortgage Servicing Transfers

Bureau Highlights Risks in Transferring Loans Under Loss Mitigation Review Washington, D.C. – Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is releasing a bulletin outlining expectations for mortgage servicers that transfer loans. The bulletin includes information on how mortgage servicers should pay special attention to new rules protecting consumers applying for loss mitigation help or […]

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CFPB, Federal Partners, and State Attorneys General File Order Requiring SunTrust to Provide $540 Million in Relief to Homeowners for Servicing Wrongs

Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and attorneys general in 49 states and the District of Columbia filed a proposed federal court order requiring SunTrust Mortgage, Inc. to provide $500 million in loss-mitigation relief to underwater borrowers. The order also requires SunTrust to pay $40 million to approximately 48,000 consumers who lost their homes to foreclosure and $10 million to the federal government. The order addresses systemic mortgage servicing misconduct, including robo-signing and illegal foreclosure practices. SunTrust must also pay a $418 million penalty, in a parallel mortgage lending filing announced by DOJ today.