CFPB Releases Settlement Prototype Disclosure Form
November 21, 2011
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has released for public comment two alternative versions of a new mortgage disclosure form that would effectively combine the current disclosure requirements of the final federal Truth in Lending Act and HUD-1 Settlement Statement forms, the second phase of the CFPBs Know Before You Owe program. We are in the process of replacing these two different forms with one disclosure that is easier to use, consistent with our Congressional mandate in the Dodd‐Frank Act, the bureau said. We want to give consumers a clear understanding of the final loan terms and costs in one place. This will make it easier to ensure that you receive the loan product you applied for at the cost you agreed to. And we want to give lenders and settlement agents a well‐organized form to make compliance easier. An industry tool asks industry representatives what their preferred format would be for their customers to use at closing to describe final loan terms and closing costs, while a consumer tool asks consumers which form they would prefer to be given at closing to describe those items.