CFPB chief: Prepare for new mortgage regs

The head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Wednesday previewed the next set of mortgage-related regulations coming down the pike, putting the financial industry on notice that compliance is expected by next summer.

The forthcoming regulations center on disclosure forms mortgage lenders are required to give borrowers during the application process and again during the closing stage of the agreement. 

A final rule set to take effect next August is meant to streamline the process by replacing multiple overlapping forms with a single form to be given to consumers upon application and at closing, CFPB Director Richard CordrayRichard Adams CordrayDennis Kucinich jumps into race to be Cleveland mayor Biden administration reverses Trump-era policy that hampered probes of student loan companies On The Money: IRS to start monthly payments of child tax credit July 15 | One-fourth of Americans took financial hits in 2020: Fed MORE said.

At the same time, the rule will simplify the forms, presenting the basic terms of the loan in plain language, he said. 

“Consumers will not be bamboozled by tricky tactics,” Cordray said at a conference hosted by the National Association of Federal Credit Unions. “They will be able to see and understand loan offers for what they really are.” 

Industry groups have long been aware of the impending rule, a requirement of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law of 2010.  

Cordray said some lenders are already preparing for compliance, which he said would require “significant changes to business operations and technology platforms and could require lenders to enlist help from third-party service providers." 

“While many mortgage institutions are already deep into the process of implementing these changes, we want to make sure that everyone understands the need to be focusing on August 2015 right now,” he said. 

The initiative follows a slate of new mortgage regulations that took effect in January. Together, the rules are meant to prohibit risky lending practices seen as leading to the foreclosure crisis of the late 2000s, and subsequent global recession.

This story was updated at 8:11 p.m.