Consumers Stand to Win Big With Proposed ‘Know Before You Owe’ Rule Coming Their Way
WASHINGTON (July 29, 2016) — Since the October 2015 implementation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s ‘Know Before You Owe’ mortgage initiative, Realtors® have raised red flags (link is external) over challenges in gaining access to what’s known as the mortgage “closing disclosure” form, or CD. The CD is delivered to homebuyers in advance of their closing and contains important financial information related to their purchase.
Unfortunately, many lenders have chosen to withhold this document from real estate agents since Know Before You Owe went into effect, despite a longstanding tradition of sharing similar information.
Earlier this year, the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau announced that it was considering changes to Know Before You Owe – also known as the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure, or TRID – including a clarification of the rules regarding sharing the CD.
Today, the CFPB made good on that promise when it announced a proposed rule on TRID, and stated in their announcement (link is external) that “the Bureau understands that it is usual, accepted and appropriate for creditors and settlement agents to provide a closing disclosure to consumers, sellers and their real estate brokers or other agents.”