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July 17, 2012


Disclosure Integration, High Cost, and Counseling

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On July 9, 2012, the CFPB issued its proposed integration of RESPA and TILA disclosures into the "integrated" forms, entitled "Loan Estimate" and "Closing Disclosure". These new forms are derived from the Good Faith Estimate (GFE), the Truth-in-Lending (TIL) Disclosure, and the HUD-1/1A Settlement Statement. This assemblage has been duly dubbed with the euphemism "integration".

Excluded from the forthcoming integration are reverse mortgages, home equity lines of credit (HELOCs), chattel dwelling loans, and de minimis originations consisting of loans made by creditors who make five or fewer otherwise covered loans per year.

I have covered the process of constructing these forms in several newsletters and articles, including HERE, and HERE.*

The CFPB is not expecting to finalize the integration before the end of this year. Comments are due November 6, 2012.

However, there is a comment deadline of September 7, 2012 - which will lead to rulemaking before January 2013 - regarding the extent to which the rule applies to loans previously exempted from RESPA or TILA and the further redefining of the term "finance charge" to include most costs associated with residential mortgage loans.

By its own admission, the CFPB has stated that the proposal to "broaden" the definition of a "finance charge" by adopting certain adjustments or accommodations in its HOEPA implementing regulations under Regulation Z, would "cause more loans to exceed the APR and points and fees triggers and be classified as high-cost mortgages under HOEPA."

The CFPB has also set forth proposed rules to implement Dodd-Frank amendments regarding high-cost mortgages and also to provide homeownership counseling provisions that would affect mortgage lending generally (with no exclusion for HELOCs).

The implications of these rules, taken together, are far reaching. I would suggest that you visit our Library for further information.

Jonathan Foxx
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  Loan Estimate and Closing Disclosure

        • Integration
        • High-Cost Mortgages
        • Homeownership Counseling
  • The Loan Estimate replaces the GFE and early TIL, while the Closing Disclosure replaces the HUD-1/1A and final TIL.
  • HUD's Special Information Booklet will still be required.
  • The CFPB's proposal would combine five pages (seven if typical appraisal and servicing disclosures were to be counted) of TILA/RESPA data into a three-page Loan Estimate, not counting the written list of available providers that must be separately provided if the creditor allows a consumer to shop for a settlement service.
  • The Closing Disclosure is five pages.
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Integrated Mortgage Disclosures
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Amendments to the Truth in Lending Act and
Homeownership Counseling Amendments to
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Factsheet about the CFPB's Mortgage Rules

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