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Podcast: The DocMagic Moment – Episode #20 – The Compliance Edge™

Posted by DocMagic on 10/13/2014

There is no more pressing matter to DocMagic’s clients than compliance.

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Podcast: The DocMagic Moment – Episode #18 - CFPB eClosing Pilot Program

Posted by DocMagic on 09/22/2014

DocMagic is Proud To Be Participating In CFPB's eClosing Pilot Program.

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DocMagic Partners with Pavaso for eClosing Pilot

Posted by DocMagic on 08/22/2014

Press Release:
DocMagic participates in offering industry platform to support paperless lending

TORRANCE, Calif.-August 21, 2014-DocMagic, Inc., the leading provider of fully-compliant loan document preparation, compliance, eSign and eDelivery solutions for the mortgage industry, announced today that its strategic alliance with Pavaso will be expanded to allow the two firms to serve Franklin First Financial, Melville, New York, in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's eClosing pilot program.

"Lenders are now ready for a completely paperless loan closing process," said Dominic Iannitti, President and CEO of DocMagic. "Digital Close from Pavaso is designed to be a neutral technology platform that seamlessly integrates with other systems. That, along with DocMagic's eSign, eVault and eDelivery offerings, provides a fully supported, shrink-wrapped solution for anyone to do an eClosing. This partnership will show the industry and the CFPB that any lender can make the closing process better for consumers through the use of a completely electronic process without incurring the time and cost of creating or maintaining their own systems."

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CFPB Approves 2nd eMortgage Pilot for DocMagic

Posted by DocMagic on 08/22/2014

Press Release:
Leading Doc Prep and Compliance Firm Plays Key Role in Historic eClosing Pilot Program

TORRANCE, Calif.-August 21, 2014-DocMagic, Inc., the leading provider of fully-compliant loan document preparation, compliance, patented eSign and eDelivery solutions for the mortgage industry, announced today that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has granted DocMagic approval on another eClosing pilot. In this second pilot, The CFPB approved DocMagic's joint proposal with Mountain America Credit Union to participate in its eClosing pilot program. DocMagic will play a key role in the pilot for compliance and loan documentation. DocMagic was also approved in a joint proposal with Franklin First Financial and Pavaso.

"We're excited about being selected to participate in this pilot program as it will demonstrate proven solutions to problems faced by both borrowers and industry participants," said Dominic Iannitti, President and CEO of DocMagic. "Lenders must find more efficient ways to ensure compliance without increasing their loan origination costs or cutting corners. Implementing a secure electronic process with built in compliance audits is the best way to accomplish efficiencies, ensure compliance and keep costs down. Lenders who take advantage of these new technologies will have a competitive advantage over their peers and will see higher borrower pull thru and customer satisfaction levels as well."

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The TILA-RESPA Combined Disclosure connection

Posted by DocMagic on 08/20/2014

By Tim Anderson,
Director of eServices, DocMagic, Inc.

As we all know (and can’t get away from by now), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has issued a rule that they state will simplify and improve disclosure forms for mortgage transactions. For applications received on or after August 1, 2015, the Loan Estimate must be provided to the consumer three business days after the application, and the Closing Disclosure must be provided to the consumer three days before closing.

The new Combined Disclosure Regulation is going to force lenders to connect to title agents at the time of application and prior to closing to ensure compliance. As some of the recent posts on Closing Call have discussed, there are tolerances and limits on the increases to closing costs. Here’s the official word on closing-cost increases, extracted straight from the CFPB’s Final rule on simplified and improved mortgage disclosures:

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Are Third-Party-Paid Fees Included in High-Cost Determinations?

Posted by DocMagic on 07/17/2014

By Melanie Feliciano

More than a month after the January 2014 implementation date of the Dodd-Frank Act’s rules, many in the industry still have questions about how fees and charges paid by a third-party (a third-party is a party other than the lender and the borrower), including the seller, should be treated for the purposes of calculating Section 32 and Qualified Mortgage (QM) total points and fees.

In September of 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a final rule amending, among other things, the Official Staff Interpretation (the “Commentary”) for Section 32. A comment was added for paragraph 1026.32(b)(1) that states, “Under §1026.32(b)(1), points and fees may include charges paid by third parties in addition to charges paid by the consumer. Specifically, charges paid by third parties that fall within the definition of points and fees set forth in §1026.32(b)(1)(i) through (vi) are included in points and fees (emphasis added). In calculating points and fees in connection with a transaction, creditors may rely on written statements from the consumer or third party paying for a charge, including the seller, to determine the sources and purpose of any third-party payment for a charge.” The Commentary then goes on to provide examples of charges that would, or would not, be included in points and fees.

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Podcast: The DocMagic Moment – Episode #16 – Take the pain out of QM

Posted by DocMagic on 05/07/2014

In this edition of the DocMagic moment, Ron looks back on how the CFPB’s January rules changes have impacted the industry.

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The Dotted Line: I Have Lived To See The Day

Posted by DocMagic on 05/05/2014

By Tim Anderson

On Wednesday, April 8 I received an official invitation to attend the CFPB hosted panel discussion on looking at better ways to improve the closing process at CFPB’s HQ office in DC. As I was sitting listening to all the government agencies sign-on in support of this initiative, I was having a sort of surreal out of body experience. It was June 28, 2002 when FannieMae published bulletin 02-08 announcing they would now begin purchasing this thing called SMART Doc eNotes. It was then that I became a bonifide convert and believer that this was going to revolutionize the way we do business and went in search of a doc company to develop and offer the solution.

What I didn’t know at that time was just how long this was going to take. During the meeting, Ann Epstein, Director of Change Management at Freddie Mac jokingly quipped, “eMortgage adoption has only been three to five years away for some time now” which was an insider joke since that line has been used and quoted so many times over the years. The real joke being we just didn’t know which three- to five-year period this actually was going to become a reality. Well, after twelve years of talking and promoting this, last Wednesday was the culmination of what I thought at times was a singular effort to evangelize and educate people on a better way to do business. I oftentimes felt like Don Quixote casting stones at windmills. As I expressed my joy to some of the other “old timers” who were in the room and drank the cool-aid early, “I’m just happy to be around to see it finally happen!”

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Why Are We Paying Extra?

Posted by DocMagic on 10/02/2013

By Tim Anderson

New CFPB rules have been a boon to the many compliance providers to the mortgage lending industry. Every time a new rule comes out, lenders need some way of ensuring that their systems are compliant. Of course, no one wants to shut everything down and re-tool their shop every time something changes. And so compliance shops benefit. Is this good for our industry? Here’s my take:

I don’t have a particular problem with this. As many of you know, I’ve worked for technology and compliance service providers to this industry for a long time. As long as they’re adding real value to the lender or servicer, they’re entitled to benefit. But there seems to be a perception in the industry that data compliance can be separated from mortgage documents. Even in an all-electronic world that’s not true.

Should the industry pay more whenever a compliance firm decides to charge extra for running another rule or audit?

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The Electronic Evidence Versus Paper Trail

Posted by DocMagic on 09/23/2013

By Tim Anderson

I don’t spend a lot of time watching prime time television, especially on the traditional (non-cable) television networks, but I know a lot of folks who do. While “reality television” has been the rage for the past decade or so, the historical triumvirate of 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. (7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Central) TV has long been made up of situation comedies, medical dramas and police shows. In the later category, the forensic scientist (CSI) has come to dominate the genre.

People love to follow the evidence trail back to the scene of the crime. It makes us feel smart to know that crime scenes leave clues and the bad guys will always get caught. Of course, those of us working in the real world know that only about 30% of all crimes get solved. The clues are never as easy to find as they appear on television. In our industry, at least, the government wants to change that.

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