This originally appeared on Mortgage News Daily-by BY: ROB CHRISMAN here: Here’s something to think about. If the CFPB “dials things back,” wouldn’t the states step in and increase their consumer-focused regulatory levels? Multi-state lenders certainly wouldn’t like that. Since the state regulators have been in regular communication with the CFPB and knowledgeable as to the Bureau’s regulations and impact upon consumers (the protection of whom the states have always viewed as their primary function) it can be expected that we will see more state regulation as the CFPB’s role is reduced. In Pennsylvania, for example, a recent bill supported by the Department of Banking and Securities to license mortgage servicers, incorporated the CFPB servicing regulations. This is a trend that may become viable for other states regarding those CFPB regulations that might be eliminated or reduced in effect. This is, of course, speculative at this point but it should be considered as we move ahead representing the industry in the states.
According to media sources, President Trump is expected to select Mick Mulvaney, the current Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), to serve as the interim Director of the CFPB upon Richard Cordray’s resignation at the end of this month. The CFPB is not going away, and neither is Dodd-Frank, although policies and procedures may change. And do we really want it to, given that lenders and vendors in the industry spent billions of dollars implementing the Dodd-Frank framework in our businesses.
Mulvaney is a former South Carolina congressman and served on the Financial Services Committee. Mulvaney had previously been quoted during interviews as being dissatisfied with the CFPB’s performance and even said its lack of accountability showed it to be a “joke”. He was one of those in Congress who reportedly wanted the CFPB to be eliminated. Certainly, the administration intends to reduce federal regulations and the CFPB would make a prime target.
Julian Hebron of The Basis Point issued his thoughts on the future structure of the CFPB.
Ever heard of Think Finance? It doesn’t matter – the CFPB has. On November 15, the CFPB announced it had filed a complaint against Think, a Texas-based service provider, alleging that it had assisted in the collection of loans that were, in whole or in part, void under state law. The complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana alleges that the service provider, which provided services to three tribal lending entities engaged in the business of extending online installment loans and lines of credit, along with two companies responsible for the collection process (collectively defendants), assisted in the collection of loans that consumers were not legally obligated to pay based on identified states’ usury laws or licensing requirements.