For the first time, the federal Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently opined on what constitutes a “qualified written request” under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), 12 U.S.C. Section 2605(e), in Medrano et al. v. Flagstar Bank, FSB et al., 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 25274 (9th Cir. Dec. 11, 2012). While the Court held that there are no “magic” words in order for a written request to be deemed a Qualified Written Request (QWR) under RESPA, which would trigger a mortgage servicer’s obligation to respond, in Medrano, the Court sided with the mortgage servicer nonetheless because the borrower’s letters did not raise the appropriate issues necessary for the letters to become QWRs.