Posts Tagged ‘Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’

Coming Soon: Loan Estimate

September 8, 2015


As discussed back in March, the new Loan Estimate disclosure is on its way! Originally, the new disclosure was scheduled to start August 1, but the CFPB move the implementation date to October 1. Use this link for a preview of the new Loan Estimate.

The Loan Estimate is a major step in the right direction compared to the current Good Faith Estimate (GFE). Why? While both documents are three pages, the current GFE is lacking key information. When I go through the GFE with clients, in addition to those three pages, I also must reference:

  • Page 2 of the loan application that shows the total monthly payment. The GFE only shows the loan and monthly PMI payment (if the loan requires PMI).
  • Page 4 of the loan application that shows the summary of the transaction. The GFE only shows the closing costs and prepaid totals. It doesn’t show the cash to close, any seller credits to closing costs, or any lender credits to the cash to close.
  • I also must have clients sign an intent to proceed with the loan disclosure because the GFE does not have a signature line on it

Some other great points about the Loan Estimate is that it will replace:

  • The Truth in Lending disclosure is now included in the Loan Estimate.
  • The Itemization of the Truth in Lending disclosures is also included in the Loan Estimate.
  • The Loan Estimate also has a section showing whether or not your lender plans to service the loan. Hopefully, this will eliminate the servicing disclosure as well.

When going through the numbers with a client, the Loan Estimate will reduce the number of pages I must reference from 10 to 3 pages. That should mean my loan packet will be reduced by those 7 pages. Anything to make the stack smaller!

Got questions about the new Loan Estimate? Contact me today to discuss. If you are financing a home in Georgia, we can also discuss how I can help you with the loan!


TRID implementation delayed

June 18, 2015


UPDATE – turns out the “administrative error” was due to the fact the CFPB failed to file a two-page form to Congress in a timely manner. The form must be filed at least 60 days prior to new laws going into effect. With all of the emphasis on implementing the new disclosures, kind of funny that the CFPB forgot the “dot the I’s” on their own bill.

ORIGINAL POST – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau delayed the start of the new TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosures (also called TRID). The reason for the delay is due to an “administrative error” recently discovered that would prevent the TRID documents from meeting the requirements laid out under federal law.

The delay would only have been for two weeks, but the new implementation date is now October 1st instead of August 1st. The reasoning is to basically ensure that the industry is ready, and that consumers aren’t presented something brand new during a hectic time of year (back to school).

Regardless of when, these new TRID documents are coming. If you missed the previous posts about them, you can catch up on the changes reading the posts below:

If you are looking to buy a home in the late summer or fall, make sure the lender you use is aware of the coming changes so that they’ll be sure your loan isn’t impacted. If you are buying in Georgia, rest assured we are ready. Contact me today, and I’ll work with you toward owning your new home!


2015 Loan Estimate

March 26, 2015


As mentioned in my previous post, there are changes coming this August to the way loan terms and details are disclosed to borrowers. This time, we’ll focus on the new Good Faith Estimate (also called GFE).

I am a fan of the new GFE approved by the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (which is technically called the “Loan Estimate”). There are some great changes appearing in the new GFE. These include, but aren’t limited to:

  • the loan terms are listed out in a easy to read summary on the first page
  • there is a place to show any seller contribution to closing costs and/or lender credits
  • an estimated cash to close is listed on both pages 1 and 2
  • there is an itemization of both closing costs and prepaid items on page 2
  • the Truth in Lending disclosure is being combined into the new GFE on page 3
  • there is a signature line on the good faith estimate (imagine that!)


It is great that clients can now actually sign the good faith estimate, which will eliminate a fourth page that lenders had to add on for borrowers to sign stating they receiving a copy of the GFE. Combining the details of the GFE, Truth in Lending, and providing a signature line, the new GFE actually reduced the number of pages from six to three. Less paper!

Click the link to view the 2015 GFE.

One aspect that is new is the replacing of the terms “closing costs” and “prepaids.” Historically, closing costs were the costs associated with the home purchase. These include lender fees, attorney fees, appraisal fee, title insurance, etc. These fees can differ from lender to lender.

Prepaids typically referred to setting up an escrow account, paying a full year of home insurance, and paying interest on the loan from the date of closing until the end of the month. These fees were the same regardless of the lender used for the transaction. Now the sum of all fees is referred to as closing costs, and there are two new categories:

  1. Loan Costs: this is the total of lender fees, third party fees (appraisal, credit report, etc.), and attorney fees.
  2. Other Costs: this includes insurance, escrow set up, taxes paid to city/state/county for purchasing a home, recording fees, HOA fees (if applicable), prepaid interest, etc.

That said, the 2015 GFE seems easier to read, understand, and contains all the needed information in one document. This is much better than referring to the GFE for terms of the loan, the Truth in Lending for the APR, the Fee Itemization worksheet (2 pages) for an itemized breakdown of closing costs along with the cash to close. Here is one part of the change that most are excited about coming to fruition. Next time we’ll focus on a change no one wants to see implemented.


Qualified Mortgages

January 21, 2014


There has been a lot of news coverage lately on Qualified Mortgages now that the rule has taken hold in the mortgage industry. What is a Qualified Mortgage and how does it impact the mortgage industry?

It is a great question and one that has been hotly debated as of late. Instead of getting into all of the minutia, let’s peer through the matrix and simplify the term Qualified Mortgage.


In short, a Qualified Mortgage is a mortgage that does not have excessive upfront points and fees, no “toxic” loan features (such as interest only, negative amortization, prepayment penalties, and balloon payments), and a capped debt to income ratio of 43%.

What does that mean? Let’s look at each part:

1. There is now a cap on all lender fees to keep customers from being charged with excessive fees.

2. Over the past several years, negative amortization loans, prepayment penalties, and balloon payments have essentially disappeared from the mortgage industry. Interest only loans did exist, but a buyer needs at least a 30% down payment in order to use an interest only product. In other words, these “toxic” loan features are, for now, already out of the mortgage industry.

3. While the debt to income ratio cannot exceed 43%, there is a temporary exception in place until January 2021 for all loans that are eligible to be sold to Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, FHA and VA. If the loan being used to buy a home is eligible to be sold to Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, FHA or the VA, then the debt to income ratio can exceed 43% just as it was allowed prior to Qualified Mortgage rule taking over the mortgage industry. Given the amount of changes in the mortgage industry over the past few years, a 7 year exception might as well be a 700 year exception. By the time 2021 rolls around, odds are there will be another set of rules that has replaced or modified the Qualified Mortgage rule.

How does this impact those looking to buy a home? In all honesty, it really doesn’t. The part most people are concerned about is the cap of 43% on the debt to income ratio, but doesn’t come in to play unless the loan isn’t eligible to be sold to Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, FHA or the VA. Considering there are VERY few loans  available that are not eligible to be sold to these institutions, the 43% cap on the debt to income ratio won’t impact many home buyers in the near future.

When you are out looking to buy a home this year, don’t worry about any of the “the end is near” stories you are hearing about Qualified Mortgages preventing you from buying a home. Work with a professional who is up to speed on the changes and can guide you through the loan process into your new home. If you are buying a home in the state of Georgia, contact me. I can help you get prequalified and start the home buying process today.