Know Your Loan Ingredients! Part I of a Three Part Series

Know Your Loan Ingredients!   
Part I of a Three Part Serie

When the FDA required food manufacturers to reveal the ingredients, nutritional value, calorie count and net weight on their product labeling, the big winner was the consumer.  The consumer wins again now that Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has set a standard for loan transparency.  As of January 2010, all loan originators are required to give borrowers a loan"ingredient" list called a Good Faith Estimate (GFE).   This five page "label" structured as part of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) clearly discloses key loan terms and closing costs to the borrower.   Actually the Good Faith Estimate is more than a vague estimate because once presented to the borrower,  it is a binding estimate with few exceptions.  A loan originator must issue a GFE no later than 3 business days after the loan originator receives either an application or information sufficient to complete an application and failure to provide a GFE to a borrower is a violation of Section 5 of RESPA.     However, if the loan originator denies the loan before the end of the three business day period, or if the applicant withdraws the application, then the GFE does not need to be provided nor does the Special Information Booklet.   HUD's new settlement cost booklet (pdf version - updated 1/6/2010 with corrections of minor detail)

The only fee that a loan originator can charge before issuing a GFE is the cost of a credit report.    However, it is important to note that a GFE is not a loan commitment---it is simply an estimate of settlement charges a borrower is likely to incur to obtain a specific loan.  So just because you receive an acknowledgement of receipt of your GFE, the lender cannot automatically conclude that this is an expression of your intention to proceed with the loan or a promise by the lender that they are able to provide you with the loan.  Generally speaking if a borrower does not express an intent to continue with an application within ten business days after the GFE  is provided, the loan originator is no longer bound by the GFE.  Also worthy of note is if a GFE was provide but the interest rate has not been locked, if there are changes to the interest rate dependent charges or loan terms a revised GFE must be issued.   

So who exactly is a loan originator?  A loan originator is either a lender or a mortgage broker.   

And, what constitutes "sufficient" information?:

 (1)borrower‘s name
(2) borrower‘s monthly income
(3) borrower‘s social security number to obtain a credit report
(4) property address
(5) estimate of value of the property
(6) loan amount and 
(7) any other information deemed necessary by the loan originator.  

After  a loan applicant both receives a GFE and indicates an intention to proceed with the loan covered by the GFE, the loan originator may collect fees beyond the cost of a credit report for origination-related services.   Some of the fees included in the loan will typically be categorized under processing and administrative services which encompass functions involved in title and origination service. Processing and administrative services include, but are not limited to the following: document delivery, document preparation, copying, wiring, preparing endorsements, document handling and notarization. 

In a real estate sales transaction where there is a contract between borrower and seller, the GFE only impacts the borrower.  So let's say there are other charges in a loan transaction that are customarily charged to the seller, they do not need to be included on the GFE.   However, if the seller has agreed to pay charges that would be typically borrower responibility (i.e owner's title insurance), then those charges should be disclosed.

For residential loans consult Multistate Home Lending and for manufactured housing key word to click on loans The Manufactured Lending Source  Both companies have always prided themselves on transparent disclosures and an open dialogue with their borrowers even prior to the HUD regulations.   We welcome the regulatory changes and are proud to be at the forefront of the industry with all of our loan officers also being compliant and registered with the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and Registry although this is not required until July 2010.    

Janis Arendsen
Lender/Realtor Relations
760 415-1982 Direct Cell
800-909-1110 extension 1

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