:: Updated Bankruptcy Desk Guide: Available NOW! Thanks to the diligent efforts of USFN's Bankruptcy Committee and numerous other USFN Member firms, the latest edition of the Bankruptcy Desk Guide has been released. As always, it covers the district-by-district distinctions (all 91 of them!). Additionally, there are new sections addressing the amended Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, as well as loss mitigation issues in bankruptcy. Get yours TODAY!
:: NMSRD™ - The National Mortgage Servicer's Reference Directory™: The fully digital NMSRD is updated continuously on its customized online platform. Special Mid-Year Offer: Subscribe to the 29th Ed. NMSRD now and save $150 off the full-year rate. Valid for orders placed on or after August 1, 2013 (subscriptions expire on 2/28/2014). Click here for more info or to place an order. Note that USFN's Foreclosure Timelines Matrix is presented online state-by-state in Ch. 1 of the NMSRD. Click here for information on ordering that USFN timelines matrix in a separate, printed format.
:: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: The Regulatory Implementation webpage can be accessed here. A 1/17/13 summary of the final mortgage servicing rules can be found here. Links to the full documents as issued for mortgage servicing under RESPA (Regulation X) and mortgage servicing under TILA (Regulation Z) can be found here. View additional CFPB information in USFN's Client Resource Center, including amendments to the 2013 Mortgage Rules (dated 9/12/13 and 10/15/13) and implementation guidance (dated 10/15/13), accessible here.
:: U.S. Dept. of Justice/Attorneys General Settlement: A link to the DOJ website with "Documents for the Mortgage Servicing Settlement" is provided here. The National Mortgage Settlement Website, includes Servicing Standards Highlights.
:: Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) -- Click here for more information on this topic, as well as on HAFA and HARP.
:: Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Servicing Alignment Initiative Resource Center (containing FHFA, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac releases). Note: This resource center is maintained by USFN Associate Member Safeguard Properties.
:: PTFA -- On May 20, 2009 the President signed S. 896, enacting the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act of 2009, described as an Act to prevent mortgage foreclosures and enhance mortgage credit availability. It includes the "Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act of 2009" (PTFA). Click here for more info. NOTE: PTFA WAS EXTENDED THROUGH 2014 AS PART OF THE DODD-FRANK ACT. In light of the impact of the Dodd-Frank Act's amendment of PTFA, the USFN REO/Eviction Desk Guide and the USFN Eviction Timelines Matrix have been revised. Click here for more information on these updated publications. On March 16, 2012, HUD released ML 2012-6 addressing changes to FHA's occupied conveyance procedures; the ML contains modified policies re PTFA.
:: Vacant Property
Registration Matrix (references enacted
ordinances, as well as proposed ones. If you know of more, please send
an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org). Also, the Mortgage Bankers
Association of America (MBA) has been coordinating industry efforts and
response in this area and has information posted regarding appropriate
contacts for property registration at mortgage servicing companies, as
well as information concerning the MERS® registration program,
which is an optional registration area for servicers. To learn more
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