Don't fret.The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has recently set out to improve consumer financial laws, which will ultimately change the way homebuying disclosures are presented. These new processes and docs have been put in place to simplify the homebuying process. See below for the Virginia Housing and Development Authority's 5-point synopsis on the the changes to the homebuying process.
- The GoodFaith Estimate is no more. This has been replaced by the Loan Estimate, a disclosure that helps consumers understand the key features, cost and risks of a mortgage loan.
- Also gone is the Truth in Lending Disclosure. Now homebuyers receive an updatedLoan Estimate and a Closing Disclosure, which helps them understand all of the cost of the purchase transaction.
- There are significant new laws in place to help protect consumers from predatory lenders. They include the Homeowners Equity Protection Act (HOEPA) and the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID), which integrates previous consumer disclosures.
- There are new time limits in place, as well. Pay close attention to the distinctions in these limits. The Loan Estimate must be provided to consumers no later than three business days after the loan application is submitted. In this case, a business day is any day that the lender’s offices are open to the public. The Closing Disclosure must be provided to the consumer three business days before they close on the loan. In this case, a business day is any calendar day except Sunday and legal public holidays.
- One more document to know about is the Written List of Providers. This is a list of providers for a variety of services that homebuyers may shop for. It provides the type of service, estimated cost and contact information for the provider. Homebuyers are not required to use a provider from the list.
Source: VHDA Blog