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Britney Crawford is an associate in the firm’s Banking and Financial Services Practice Group. Her practice is focused on regulatory and compliance matters related to financial and mortgage institutions and lenders. Britney also has experience assisting clients in responding to and resolving government investigations by federal regulators.

On May 1, 2024, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) issued Mortgagee Letter (ML) 2024-07 titled “Appraisal Review and Reconsideration of Value Updates,” which enhances the agency’s current policy on home valuations. ML 2024-07 underscores FHA’s ongoing commitment to addressing appraisal bias, which directly aligns with the Interagency Task Force on Property Appraisal and Valuation Equity’s

Whether a solar system is a “fixture” sounds like a mundane legal issue – but it has significant implications for the residential solar industry and for the financing of residential solar systems. If a system is regarded as a “fixture” of the house to which it is attached, then the enforceability and priority of the

This week, in line with the CFPB’s ever-increasing focus on fair lending, Fannie Mae issued a Fair Servicing Best Practices Guide to promote “servicer awareness of fair servicing best practices.” Taking a big picture approach, the guide states that servicers should ensure that “all borrowers are treated consistently and fairly throughout the loan servicing

Amidst record-level interest rates, on February 21, 2024, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced a new loss mitigation option, the Payment Supplement, to aid struggling borrowers. The Payment Supplement will bring a borrower’s mortgage current, as well as provide a temporary reduction in the borrower’s monthly principal mortgage payment for a term of three years.

In October 2023, the CFPB issued an advisory opinion titled, “Consumer Information Requests to Large Banks and Credit Unions.” The upshot of the advisory opinion is that covered financial institutions responding to consumer information requests under Section 1034(c) of the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA) face significant limitations on the fees they can charge to

Consistent with its mission to safeguard against fraud, waste, and abuse, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced concerns regarding Ginnie Mae’s management of its Home Equity Conversion Mortgage-Backed Securities (HMBS) Program.

On November 15, 2023, the HUD OIG issued the Top Management Challenges

On November 16, 2023, in response to comments received on a prior draft Mortgagee Letter (ML) related to a Proposed Payment Supplement Partial Claim, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) published another draft ML titled “Payment Supplement.” The prior draft ML proposed a payment supplement partial claim that would cure mortgage arrearages and

On September 19, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued Circular 2023-03, which provides guidance as to how lenders must explain denials of applications of credit when the underwriting is based on artificial intelligence (AI) or complex credit models. The upshot of the guidance is that a lender that denies an application for credit

On May 31, 2023, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) published a draft Mortgagee Letter (ML) titled “Proposed Payment Supplement Partial Claim.” The draft ML proposes use of available partial claims funds to create a new loss mitigation option to assist struggling borrowers.

Generally, a partial claim is an interest-free subordinate loan issued by

Consistent with concerns surrounding bias in property valuations, on June 8, 2023, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the “board”), the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) issued proposed guidance on