Tag: Know Before You Owe

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CFPB Proposes Regulations to Combine RESPA and TILA Mortgage Disclosures: Buckle Up for the Long-Anticipated Ride
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CFPB Launches Online Portal for Regulation Streamlining Comments

CFPB Proposes Regulations to Combine RESPA and TILA Mortgage Disclosures: Buckle Up for the Long-Anticipated Ride

By: Holly Spencer Bunting

In one of the most anticipated actions of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s “Know Before You Owe” campaign, on July 9, 2012, the CFPB published 1,099 pages of a proposed regulation to combine mortgage disclosure forms required under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (“RESPA”) and the Truth in Lending Act (“TILA”). As the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act charged the CFPB with creating combined disclosure forms and proposing regulations implementing such forms by July 21, 2012, the Bureau met that deadline with a few weeks to spare. Now mortgage companies, title insurance and settlement agents, real estate brokers, and all other interested parties are digging in to the proposed regulations in an attempt to understand how the Bureau’s proposed changes could impact their businesses. Industry participants should have plenty of time to digest the proposed regulations; public comments on the proposed changes to the calculation of the finance charge are due on September 7, 2012, while all other comments on the proposed combined disclosures are due on November 6, 2012. Read More

CFPB Launches Online Portal for Regulation Streamlining Comments

By: Eric Mitzenmacher

On Friday, the CFPB launched a new online portal through which the public can submit comments on ongoing efforts to streamline inherited regulations. The move continues the Bureau’s trend of using its website to promote a more interactive and responsive regulatory feel. Over the past few months, the site has hosted dialogs between the Bureau, industry representatives, and consumers as part of Know Before You Owe Campaigns that have targeted disclosures related to mortgages, credit cards, and student loans. CFPB has also positioned its site as its preferred method for receiving and resolving complaints about consumers’ mortgages or credit cards. Indeed, the complaint portals remain the most prominent feature of the CFPB homepage. Read More

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