Tuesday, November 18, 2008

HUD Issues New Mortgage Rules To Help Consumers Shop For Lower Cost Home Loans

HUD will require, for the first time ever, that lenders and mortgage brokers provide consumers with a standard Good Faith Estimate (GFE) that clearly discloses key loan terms and closing costs. HUD estimates its new regulation will save consumers nearly $700 at the closing table.

Last March, HUD proposed reforms to the longstanding regulatory requirements of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) by improving disclosure of the loan terms and closing costs consumers pay when they buy or refinance their home.

HUD will require the new standardized GFE and HUD-1 beginning January 1, 2010. To view these documents, click on the following links:
HUD's standard Good Faith Estimate

HUD-1 Settlement Statement

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