Category: Real Estate Law

Title Fee Change Beginning January 1, 2018

The Texas Department of Insurance recently issued an order regarding a change to the Title Guaranty Fee.  Beginning January 1, 2018, the name of fee will be the Guaranty Assessment Recoupment Charge (GARC).  The fee will increase from $3.00 per policy to

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Home Equity Lending Hiatus

We wanted to alert you to an issue relating to Home Equity loans scheduled to be closed after January 1, 2018.  As you know, there will be a new 12-day Home Equity Disclosure beginning January 1, 2018.  The new disclosure

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Texas Voters Approve Home Equity Changes

The Texas voters approved the Texas Constitutional amendment affecting home equity loans, which will impact all credit unions making home equity loans in Texas.  These changes will become effective January 1, 2018. The full text of the changes can be

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TRID Review Featured in CFPB Supervisory Highlights

The CFPB published their Summer 2017 Supervisory Highlights in September, which included a list of common TRID mistakes made by lenders.  The full publication can be found here.   The CFPB examiners found the following common TRID mistakes: Fees increased between Loan Estimate

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Review of Selected Bills Passed by the 85th Texas Legislature

Special Note Regarding Hurricane Harvey: Many of our Credit Union clients have witnessed the devastation of Hurricane Harvey and are now helping their members restore some semblance of normalcy.   It is a daunting task but Credit Unions have historically been

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Proposed Changes to Texas’ Home Equity Law

A joint resolution has passed both houses of the Texas Legislature to amend Texas’ Home Equity law. Because Texas’ Home Equity law is contained in the Texas Constitution, any proposed changes must be implemented through Constitutional amendments approved by Texas’

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Using a Power of Attorney in Mortgage Lending

A well-prepared Power of Attorney can be a convenient way to close a mortgage loan when a borrower/buyer cannot attend the closing.  It can also create additional risks for the Lender, so it is vitally important that Lenders carefully examine

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Department of Defense Regulations Will Require Written and Oral Disclosure for Land Loans

The DOD has issued regulations under the Military Lending Act to be effective for consumer loans to active military personnel and their dependents closed on or after October 3, 2016.  The Regulations require a certain disclosure be provided both orally

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TRID Clarifications Proposed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

On July 29th, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a proposal to clarify some of the issues/ambiguities regarding the TRID rule that have emerged in the past year.   The CFPB has requested that public comments to the proposed

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Texas Supreme Court Rules on Home Equity Cases

On May 20, 2016, the Texas Supreme Court ruled on two cases that impact all lenders who make Texas Home Equity Loans.  The cases are powerful reminders of the importance of compliance with Texas’ Home Equity law and the potential

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