House Passes Mortgage Choice Act (Again); Proponents Cite “One-Stop Shopping” Myth as Reason

The House voted 280-131 to pass H.R. 1153, the Mortgage Choice Act of 2017, a regulatory bill that was created in an effort to provide relief to mortgage lenders by excluding certain charges from the points and fees calculation. In support of his bill, Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-Michigan), argues it would preserve consumer choice and potentially…

New York State – Title Agents Seek Clarification on Affiliated Business

The New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) and the Superintendent of Financial Services Benjamin M. Lawsky should be commended for addressing a long neglected consumer issue that deals with the licensing of title agents and agencies. The DFS’s concern with the lack of regulation and control over a profession that is responsible for the transference…

H.R. 1077 is Dead; Replaced with H.R. 3211

Never underestimate a determined opponent. On September 28, 2013, shortly before Congress shut down, a bipartisan group of representatives from the House Financial Services Committee introduced a RESPRO-sponsored piece of legislation known as H.R. 3211, the Mortgage Choice Act. Instead of proceeding on H.R. 1077, known as the Consumer Mortgage Choice Act, the new bill strips…

ALTA Sides with CBAs

ALTA and each of the national title underwriters joined RESPRO, NAR and MBA in filing amicus briefs in the Edwards case opposing independent title agents and supporting a narrow view of RESPA Section 8. January 19, 2011- Prior to the filing of an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court concerning the Edwards v. First American Title action, ALTA and…