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The New Closing Rules

September 21st, 2015 9:49 AM by Steve Iltis

This month’s blog will be on the new TRID laws that are coming into effect on October 3, 2015. One major change is that the GFE and TIL (also known as the Good Faith Estimate and the Truth in Lending) disclosures will be combined into one disclosure called The Loan Estimate. The goal of this document is to make the terms, estimates and closing costs of the loan transaction crystal clear to the borrower. The aim is to create a transparent mortgage industry in which everything is made apparent to the borrower. This is advantageous to the borrower since it gives a clear picture and facilitates an easier way to compare brokers when shopping for a mortgage.  The Loan Estimate must be provided to the borrower no later than three business days after the loan application is submitted.

Another new document from the new TRID updates is the Closing Disclosure Document. This will combine the HUD-1 (the itemized settlement statement on all fees incurred and services charged during the mortgage process) and the Truth in Lending disclosure (TIL). This form also aims to provide a clear picture of all the transaction, charges, and features of the loan to the consumer. Once again, this is to add more transparency to the mortgage industry. The closing disclosure document needs to be provided three business days before the loan disburses to the borrower or consummation of the loan.

The timing of these new disclosures must be on point. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has made the three business days rules non-negotiable. These disclosures and documents are applicable to most all close ended consumer mortgages. However the rules do not apply to home equity lines of credit, reverse mortgages, mortgages for mobile homes. They also do not apply to creditor that makes less than five mortgages in one year.   There has been much speculation on how these new TRID regulations will affect timelines for closings.

The National Mortgage News website published an article by Brian Collins reviewing how rate lock periods and contract will be affected by the new TRID regulations; “TRID May Force Lenders to Mothball 30-Day Rate Locks”. In the article Collins quotes mortgage and real estate professionals on how they see the mortgage industry adapting to these new changes. Ken Trepeta, President and Director of the Real Estate Providers Council warns realtors that last minute changes to Closing Disclosures will not be accepted by lender and will no doubt cause delays.  Pete Mills, a Senior Vice President for the Mortgage Bankers Association is quoted recommends agent to write 45 day contracts for their clients, "until things are worked out and people get used to the new processes." However the new reliance on 45 days locks may sway Lenders to change more for 45 days locks- we will have to wait and see how lenders react to rate lock periods.   If you are interested in more information on the new TRID disclosures and rules that go into effect on October 3, 2015 we highly recommend checking out the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau website at    

Posted by Steve Iltis on September 21st, 2015 9:49 AM


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