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High-priced credit agreement provision prevents temporary FHA credit crunch

The CFPB under Dodd-Frank adopted on 10 January 2013 a definitive high-cost lending scheme containing a revised text of a proposed temporary measure to prevent a FTA lending crises. Dodd-Frank also implemented the Dodd-Frank home advisory service requirement. Definitive rules will apply from 10 January 2014. Under the Definitive Regulation, various amendments to the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) Home Ownership and Capital Protection Act (HOEPA) regulations relating to expensive home building credits are implemented, together with changes in the size and the trigger.

HOEPA rules are extended to cover credits for purchases and home ownership guaranteed by a consumer's main home. Granting a credit is a high-priced credit if the amount of the credit is more than 6.5 percent above the applied mean interest rates (8.5 percent for subordinated mortgage loans).

Points and charges triggers will be reduced from 8 per cent to 5 per cent of the overall credit amount for most credits. In the case of credits below $20,000, the triggers are the lower of 8 per cent of the entire credit amount or $1,000 (the dollars being adjusted annually due to changes in the consumer price index).

In addition, the points and charges will be extended to cover, inter alia, the vendor commission directly or indirectly payable by the customer or guarantor of credit, the advance payment charge for the new credit and the advance payment charge for the current credit where the credit is funded by the customer or guarantor, by a service provider working on the customer's account or by an associated company.

Some bona fide rebate points may be disqualified from points and charges. An advance payment charge will be levied. HOEPA shall apply if the advance payment charge can be levied more than 36 month after the date on which the credit is granted or if the aggregate charge can be more than 2 per cent of the amount paid in advance.

Advance payment of charges is completely prohibited for credits covered by the HOEPA regulations (under applicable laws, advance payment is allowed in certain circumstances). The CFPB suggested in the suggested regulation to make an amendment not imposed by Dodd-Frank which would reintroduce an earlier Fed post whereby any obligation to make an advance payment and repay interest in full on an FTA-insured credit would be regarded as an advance payment charge.

When a full advance of an FHA Term Loan is paid at a time other than the regular due date, the user must still earn interest until the end of the monthly period. Indeed, the suggestion, if put together with the suggested triggers of the advance charge and the suggested ban on advance charges for high-cost credits, would actually ban FTAs.

The reason for this is that all FTA credits are regarded as a down -payment charge that could be levied more than 36 month after incorporation and thus all FTA credits would be high-priced credits and down -payment charges would be forbidden for high-priced credits. CFPB resolved to re-implement the former Fed policy in the context of the ultimate repayment capability or qualifying mortgages arrangement (the ATR end rule).

CFPB provides the following additional information on FHA lending in the definitive HOEPA rule: Regarding the FTA practice related to the accrued interest amortisation on a month -to-month basis, the Office has fully advised the HUD on the publication of this definitive regulation and the definitive ATR regulation 2013. Therefore, given the important part that the FHA-insured credit is playing in the present mortgages markets and in order to enhance the capacity of FHA holders to meet this element of the 2013 HOEPA and ATR End Rules, the Office makes use of its power under TILA Section 105(a) to ensure voluntary adherence by 21 January 2015.

FTA borrowings taken out before 21 January 2015 are not required to pay interest after a full advance has been paid as an advance fine. This averts the possible FTA loan crises for the moment and requires the FTA to revise its present interest rate requirements after full advance payments by 21 January 2015.

However, the definitive rules also change certain high-priced credit standards, although the changes are likely to have little operational significance. Currently only very few cost-intensive credits are granted. Since the ATR end rule and HOEPA end rules are converted at the same times, the HOEPA loan markets will be even smaller, if not non-existent.

Also two Dodd Frank regulations on home ownership advice will be transposed by the definitive regulations. RESPA Order X is modified so that a creditor or borrower must make available to the claimant a clear and prominent printed record of residential property advisory institutions providing advice at the claimant's premises no later than three working days after receipt of a request for mortgages or information reasonably required to fill in an offer.

If not otherwise stated, the above lists may be used in combination with other mortgages according to Regulation Z of TILA. Once a real estate agent provides the listing, the creditor does not have to make a listing available, but is instead accountable for the real estate agent providing the listing. Decree Z is modified to the effect that a creditor must certify that a first-time mortgagor has received home ownership advice from a consultancy organisation or consultant that has been accredited or authorised by HUD if the credit may lead to a loss of amortisation.

A creditor may not lead or otherwise instruct the customer to select a particular adviser or advisory organisation. The new advisory related requirement does not apply to reversal mortgages.

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