Residential Closings

Closing Discloure

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau created two new forms that went into effect for all loans underwritten as of October 3, 2015. They combined the Good Faith Estimate and estimated TILA into a new Loan Estimate (abbreviated LEand the HUD-1 Settlement Statement and final TILA into the Closing Disclosure Form (abbreviated now as CD or CDF). The creditor is responsible for delivering the Closing Disclosure form to the consumer, but the final rule allows the lender to either prepare the Closing Disclosure form or to share responsibility with the settlement agent. Some creditors may even use the settlement agents to prepare the Closing Disclosure, provided the settlement agent complies with the final rule’s requirements. We provide this service to our lender clients upon request.

The line numbering on the HUD-1 familiar to most of us is gone. Instead, the fees
and charges are placed on the Closing Disclosure in one of seven areas:

  • origination charges
  • services borrower did not shop for
  • services borrower did shop for
  • taxes and other government fees
  • pre-paids
  • initial escrow payment at closing
  • other

Individual charges within each of these major groupings are listed alphabetically. Columns are provided to separate charges of buyer, seller and others, as well as columns for payments both before and at closing.

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What is the Closing Disclosure?

The Closing Disclosure, as it’s called, lays out all of the critical terms of your loan and replaces the old, more confusing HUD-1 Settlement Statement.

And while consumers usually didn’t get a chance to review the HUD-1 until they arrived at the loan closing, the new document must be presented at least three days prior to signing on the dotted line.

That should give borrowers plenty of time to compare the final terms they’re accepting — including such key elements as the interest rate and closing costs — to what they were promised when they applied for the mortgage.

By matching information on the Closing Disclosure to that on the Loan Estimate they received at the start of the process, consumers can quickly tell if anything has changed.