BY SVIATLANA LIASHCHYNA
as seen in Issue-30 of a360inc's Compliance Newsletter
A reverse mortgage is a loan for older homeowners which allows them to borrow against the home equity and requires no monthly payments. Firms often receive referrals for completing reverse mortgage foreclosure actions, but what are the unique issues that firms should consider when proceeding with these actions and what laws and regulations apply?
The majority of reverse mortgages are insured by FHA under the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) program, which provides maximum loan amounts, borrower eligibility requirements, and servicing standards. Some lenders offer proprietary mortgage products typically designed to offer borrowers the protections similar to those allowed by the FHA HECM program. In light of this, Fannie Mae implemented Reverse Mortgage Servicing Manuals to provide servicing guidelines with regards to this mortgage type.
State Law Updates
New Hampshire bill HB-1687 amends provisions related to the retail installment sales of motor vehicles, small, title, and payday loan provisions.
Another state's bill SB-314 provides a rebuttable presumption that an individual is not engaged in the business of a mortgage banker, broker, servicer, or originator if the individual is not involved in more than three (3) loans in any consecutive twelve (12) month period.
FDCPA: "Mini-Miranda" Notifications
BY SVIATLANA LIASHCHYNA
All foreclosure law firms provide “mini-Miranda” disclosures in all their written and oral communications with a customer. The firms provide these disclosures to comply with the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) requirements and contractual requirements; however, the FDCPA is not clear whether it applies to the foreclosure law firms. Considering the judicial interpretation differences, firms are left with the question of whether their “mini-Miranda” disclosure should state “the firm MAY be deemed to be a debt collector” or “the firm IS deemed to be a debt collector.”
Although certain jurisdictions have not yet addressed whether the actions completed by law firms during the foreclosure proceedings fall under the FDCPA requirements, the courts that have rendered their opinion on this matter mostly considered the following:
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