The bureau will also issue a rule requiring servicers to provide consumers with better information in their billing statements, Cordray said in a speech to the
"We now have the ability to examine participants in all segments of the mortgage market, and our authority over nonbanks will be especially helpful," he said. "Before the crisis hit, only part of this market was subject to federal oversight. How could that ever be expected to work? It most certainly did not."
"I firmly believe that had the consumer bureau been in place 10 years ago, the crisis would have been headed off before it metastasized," Cordray added.
Under the Dodd-Frank Act,
The bureau has also been working with regulators to develop new national mortgage servicing standards, the foundation for which was laid by a
Cordray, who was the attorney general of
To that end, he said, CPFB will propose a regulation that would prevent servicers from charging for forced-place insurance products unless there is "a reasonable basis to believe that borrowers have failed to maintain their own insurance."
He also said the agency will issue new rules around adjustable-rate mortgages, including one that would require consumers to be notified months ahead of their first interest rate adjustment. Servicers would have to disclose the borrower's new monthly payment amount, as well as any available options to head off the higher rate, such as refinancing and renegotiation of the loan terms, Cordray said.
He did not say when the bureau planned to release the proposed rules.
A coalition of state AGs had targeted force-placed insurance as part of the multistate foreclosure settlement, and officials said the
Industry observers have expected the bureau to launch investigations into force-placed insurance, in which banks buy insurance on behalf of uninsured borrowers and then tack the cost onto their mortgage debts.
The bureau inherited the authority to enforce the Real Estate Settlement and Procedures Act last year from the HUD, along with much of that agency's enforcement staff, including one lawyer who had already begun looking into alleged kickbacks paid to banks by insurers.
Banks have also been hit with a slew of class action lawsuits. At least 10 force-placed cases are now in progress against
Cordray also said
The bureau signed a joint statement of principles with the association last April, outlining their plans to coordinate investigations and identify mutual enforcement priorities. But the banking industry has raised concerns about the kinds of information
Cordray told the AGs they would be receiving a memorandum of understanding establishing a general framework to share information on consumer financial protection issues "shortly."
"A quick turnaround on this will help accelerate our partnership with each of you," he said. "We want to expand on what you already do so well — and we want you to take advantage of new resources we bring to the arena, including new analytical tools and insight into market trends."
"This is one of the areas I think where you'll see a lot of cooperation going forward between the new bureau and the
Cordray also said the bureau, which has the authority to supervise the private student lending market, continues to monitor the lending practices of for-profit colleges. The bureau has been coordinating with a working group of state AGs, as well as with the
"It may well lead to Congressional legislation to modify some of those pressures," he said. "And in the meantime is leading to enforcement actions by many of you and investigations where you're getting much more information so we can get to the bottom of what is and is not a problem in this area."
This article originally appeared on American Banker.
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