CFPB Mortgage Disclosure Rule Now Expected On November 20, 2013


On November 1, the CFPB announced a field hearing on “Know Before You Owe: Mortgages,” to be held on Wednesday, November 20 at 11 a.m. EST in Boston. In conjunction with the hearing, the Bureau is expected to release its long-awaited final rule combining the Good Faith Estimate and HUD-1 with the mortgage disclosures under the Truth in Lending Act.

The CFPB has stated that the event will feature remarks from CFPB Director Richard Cordray, as well as testimony from consumer groups, industry representatives, and members of the public. The final rule, which was originally expected in October, will not only replace the forms that consumers receive during the mortgage origination process but will also fundamentally alter the regulations governing the preparation and provision of – and liability for – those disclosures. As a result, lenders, settlement agents, and service providers will be required to make extensive changes to their systems, compliance programs, and contractual relationships.

In September, BuckleySandler hosted a webinar covering the key issues in this rulemaking and discussing what industry can do to start preparing now. The webinar featured a discussion between BuckleySandler’s Ben Olson, the former Deputy Assistant Director of the CFPB’s Office of Regulations who led the CFPB’s development of the proposed mortgage disclosure rule and forms, and Jeff Naimon, who has spent years assisting the industry with the existing forms. Please contact Jeff or Ben for a copy of the webinar materials or with any questions about the expected rule.

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