CFPB Launches Inquiry Into Mortgage “Junk Fees”

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau launched a public inquiry into mortgage “junk fees,” which it says hide in closing costs. The Bureau said closing costs have “risen steeply” and cause undue financial stress on both borrowers, who bear the burden of higher prices, and lenders, who have to pass costs along to borrowers in order to offer competitive mortgages. “Junk fees and excessive closing costs can drain down payments and push up monthly mortgage costs,” said CFPB Director Rohit Chopra. “The CFPB is looking for ways to reduce anti-competitive fees that harm both homebuyers and lenders.” Median closing costs in 2022 were $6,000 and are still rising, according to a statement from the Bureau. “The CFPB wants to understand why…

CFPB Takes Aim At “Junk Fees” In Mortgage Servicing

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is taking aim at mortgage “junk fees” yet again, this time in the servicing sector. The bureau released supervisory highlights addressing what it classifies as illegal junk fees, such as prohibited fees, deceptive notices sent to homeowners, and violations of loss mitigation rules. “Homeowners cannot just simply switch providers if their mortgage servicer charges them illegal junk fees,” said CFPB Director Rohit Chopra. “Since mortgage borrowers are captive to a company they never chose to do business with, we are working hard to detect and deter violations of law.” Servicers were found to have charged property inspection fees banned by Fannie Mae and late fees greater than allowed by their mortgage agreements. They also failed…