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There’s welcome news on the residential mortgage lending front. After assessing nearly a year’s worth of real-world experience, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) came to the conclusion that it had to do something about the reluctance of many mortgage lenders to offer qualified mortgages with points and fees close to the limit imposed by the federal Truth in Lending regulations. Under Regulation Z, in order for a loan of $100,000 or more to meet the qualified mortgage standard, the total points and fees cannot exceed three percent (3.0%) of the total loan amount. For loans less than $100,000, the points and fees cannot exceed the applicable limit described on a graduated dollar/percentage scale.