Check out these recent posts to our Compliance Blog by our very own team of compliance specialists.
5 Tips for Avoiding Flood Insurance Civil Money Penalties
By: Gina Ellis
Posted July 30, 2015
When the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 was enacted on July 6, 2012, Civil money penalties for flood violations increased from $385 per violation to $2,000 with no aggregate limit. Penalties can be assessed for failure to:
Purchase adequate flood insurance
Properly force place flood insurance
Provide notification on the availability of flood insurance
Properly escrow for premiums. [Read More]
Happy 4th Birthday, CFPB!
By: Mikel Dunnagan
Posted July 21, 2015
Wow! It's hard to believe the CFPB is already 4 years old. This little bureaucracy has grown like a weed into a well-funded, mission-focused, result-getting consumer protector. Originally created by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act as a direct result of the 2008 financial crisis, the Bureau works tirelessly to make sure everyone is treated fairly while rooting out those poor actors and practices that cause harm or stand between consumers and their financial goals. [Read More]
The Top 5 Items that Made Compliance Officers' Jobs Easier
By: Cody Roberts
Posted July 17, 2015
As a former compliance officer in the mid-1990s, I remember an older banker telling me it used to be "fun" to be a banker. However, "fun" came to an end when a wave of new laws and regulations prompted the creation of my position.
Now, the pace of change is even greater. New guidance, interpretations and rulings come out every day. Senior management and board members are increasingly frustrated. Loan officers still don't follow basic compliance (some things never change). However, some things have actually made compliance officers' jobs easier. Below are the top five I've seen over the last 20 years. [Read More]
Upcoming Changes to Flood Insurance Escrow Requirements
By: Elva Coffey-Sears
Posted July 9, 2015
The amendments to the flood insurance rules published in June include significant changes to the escrow requirement for flood insurance premiums and fees. Currently, lenders are required to escrow flood insurance premiums and fees only if the lender is requiring an escrow of taxes, insurance, fees or other charges for a loan secured by residential improved real estate or a mobile home. Effective January 1, 2016, lenders will be required to establish an escrow account for all flood insurance premiums and fees for any designated loan secured by residential improved real estate or a mobile home that is made, increased, extended or renewed, unless the loan or lender qualifies for a statutory exception or the lender is exempt. [Read More]