Frosh and Van Hollen reassure consumers

  • Published in Local

BETHESDA — Consumers in Montgomery County can count on regulations being enforced at the local, state and federal levels to protect their rights, Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Attorney General Brian Frosh (D) said while speaking at a consumer protection forum Thursday evening at Bethesda Chevy-Chase HS.

“Consumer protection involves having rules in place at the federal level, the state level, and at the local level to try to make sure that businesses … play by the rules,” Van Hollen said. “Those rules are important to have in place to protect consumers and they’re also important to have in place to protect those businesses that are playing by the rules.”


Flying under the radar once again

for sale sign outside houseMonday’s Reuters “exclusive” report about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau dropping their investigation on the Equifax data breach caused quite a stir in DC (Exclusive: U.S. consumer protection official puts Equifax probe on ice – sources: February 5, 2018). The exclusive cited unnamed sources. However, a spokesperson for Transunion (a credit repository) suggested that cybercrime is not within the jurisdiction of the CFPB. 

Later that day, Reuters cited Democratic Senators’ concerns and outrage over the alleged investigation pullback. The next day, Reuters reported that Treasury Secretary Mnuchin desired to meet with CFPB’s Acting Director Mick Mulvaney, based on its initial reports of dropping the Equifax investigation. In the same report, Reuters cited the CFPB’s spokesperson saying that the CFPB was working with other government agencies on the Equifax data breach.


Change is in the air and all around real estate











Change is not always easy. Sometimes we choose to change and other times we are forced to change. The Great Recession forced massive change to many aspects of our lives – mostly financial. Many found themselves out of work because of the recession, and many home owners lost their homes to foreclosure; while the rest of us searched for ways to cope.

As a result, the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was quickly pieced together and signed into law in 2010. “Dodd-Frank,” contained over 2000 pages of regulations and rules, many of which were to be created at a later time by many agencies and unelected bureaucrats. Dodd-Frank also created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which took over RESPA, lending and consumer finance markets enforcement responsibilities. The CFPB created the “Qualified Residential Mortgage” and “Know Before You Owe” rules that significantly impacted the mortgage and housing industries.


New closing rules and communication

house real estateSigned into law July 21st, 2010, the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (aka Dodd – Frank) was intended to improve accountability and transparency in the financial system, to protect consumers from abusive financial services practices, and to end “too big to fail.” The Act created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which enforces regulations to protect consumers and implements rules such as the Qualified Residential Mortgage (also mandated by Dodd – Frank).

Subscribe to this RSS feed