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U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

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  • Banks embracing a housing-bubble favorite: interest-only loans

    Most of the risky mortgages that triggered the financial crisis have disappeared from the marketplace, and lenders will have even more reason to avoid them because of a new federal crackdown on loose lending. But one housing-bubble favorite —...
  • Hold online lenders to account

    Hold online lenders to account
    The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau recently brought its first lawsuit against an online lender, accusing CashCall of collecting payments that borrowers didn't owe. The suit sets up a fight over the new bureau's jurisdiction, but it's one the bureau...
  • Freddie Mac: Home loan rates level off; 30-year fixed at 4.51%

    Freddie Mac: Home loan rates level off; 30-year fixed at 4.51%
    Mortgage rates leveled off in familiar territory this week, home finance giant Freddie Mac said, with lenders offering 30-year fixed loans to solid buyers at an average of 4.51%, down from 4.53% last week. Fifteen-year fixed mortgages, popular with...
  • U.S. regulator asks consumers about home deal closing issues

    WASHINGTON — The federal government has a real estate question for consumers who have bought or refinanced homes that's certain to generate more than an earful: Were there any problems when you went to close the deal? Any last-minute glitches or...
  • The switch to self-employment has mortgage implications

    I am an unintended consequence. I have loads of money. I own four properties free and clear. I have no debt. My credit file is impeccable. I have a credit score of 760. And I was just turned down for a mortgage. Not just any mortgage, but a cash-out...
  • The rich are different -- they still get interest-only mortgages

    The rich are different -- they still get interest-only mortgages
    Few of the nontraditional home loans that triggered the financial crisis are still available, and lenders will have even more reason to avoid them now that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s definition of presumably safe and sound...
  • Baltimore-area home sales up 14 percent in 2013

    Baltimore-area home sales up 14 percent in 2013
    The Baltimore region had its best year for home sales since the start of the recession, as the local housing market continued its slow recovery in 2013. About 27,750 units closed in 2013, up roughly 14 percent from 2012, according to data provided by...
  • Leveling the legal playing field: Limit forced arbitration

     Leveling the legal playing field: Limit forced arbitration
    Imagine the Dodgers have just won the pennant and are going to play the Yankees in the World Series. But the rules have changed: All games will be played in Yankee Stadium. And there are new umpires, hired and paid by the Yankees. With rules like that,...
  • Spending deal reduces budget requests for Wall Street watchdogs

    Spending deal reduces budget requests for Wall Street watchdogs
    WASHINGTON -- The $1-trillion federal spending bill unveiled by congressional negotiators significantly reduces White House requests for funding of two key Wall Street watchdogs. The Securities and Exchange Commission would get $1.35 billion for the...
  • The foolproof way to achieve deregulation: Cut the budget

    The foolproof way to achieve deregulation: Cut the budget
    When all else fails, defund. This technique is spectacularly on display in the $1.1-trillion federal spending bill unveiled by House and Senate negotiators Monday and scheduled for debate this week. The measure provides $215 million in funding for the...
  • CFPB's new 'qualified mortgage' rule now in effect

    By Ilyce Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin This week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) new qualified mortgage (also known as the ability-to-repay) rule went into effect. The new rule is about helping borrowers understand the true costs of...