Loan Estimate Replaces Good Faith Estimate For Mortgage Borrowers

This BLOG On Loan Estimate Replaces Good Faith Estimate For Mortgage Borrowers Was PUBLISHED On June 23rd, 2020

Loan Estimate
Gustan Cho Associates

The Loan Estimate, also known by mortgage industry professionals borrowers as the GFE, was created by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development in 2010.

  • The Good Faith Estimate is being replaced by the newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, CFPB, Loan Estimate
  • The CFPB’s New LE will also be replacing the Truth In Lending form ( Regulation Z )
  • The Good Faith Estimate was extremely confusing and difficult to understand and was flawed from the first day it was launched
  • The CFPB’s New Loan Estimate, when first previewed, seemed like it was a major improvement over the 2010 GFE
  • Mortgage loan originators need to get used to the new Loan Estimate form
  • The CFPB New Loan Estimate also seems to have its flaws and loan officers needs to learn the procedures to the document

In this article, we will discuss and cover how the Loan Estimate Replaced the Good Faith Estimate.

CFPB’s Loan Estimate

The mortgage industry seems like it is overloaded with rules and regulations and there seems to be no end.

  • Why change a system that is already working with new forms and new regulations?
  • Mortgage regulators are creating new laws and changes to mortgage regulations to protect consumers but many in the industry think otherwise
  • Many mortgage industry experts believe that with new changes such as the new Loan Estimate creates more confusion to consumers
  • They also believe it creates more work to mortgage companies and lenders which translates to higher fees to consumers

The CFPB is now making it mandatory and requiring that title insurance fees do not reflect any discounts.

Title Insurance Fee Disclosures

What does disclosure of the insurance title mean?

The amount of the title premium for the mortgage lender’s title insurance coverage needs to be disclosed without any price adjustment to the premium that may be made for the simultaneous purchase of an owner’s title insurance policy.

  • What this means is that instead of disclosing the simultaneous issue policy rate borrowers get when purchasing a house, borrowers will be viewing the general scheduled rate
  • This rate is much higher
  • For example, a loan amount of $400,000,  a simultaneous fee issue of $700 will be disclosed with the old system
  • With the new CFPB’s LE, lenders will be required to give the general schedule quote of a rate of $1,400, although borrowers will not be paying the higher rate
  • A simultaneous issue rate is normally provided systematically to home buyers when there is an owners policy and the lender’s policy
  • If buying a house getting a home loan, borrowers will be receiving the simultaneous issue rate every time

Most owners title policy is paid for by the home seller. The owner’s title policy needs to be disclosed on the New CFPB’s Loan Estimate. With the old HUD’s Good Faith Estimate, it also required this fee to be disclosed.

This new law is labeled as ridiculous by many mortgage professionals. This because mortgage loan originators need to explain to their borrowers that they are quoting a bogus fee of $1,400 when they are actually paying $700. The reason the higher fee is listed is due to government regulations by the CFPB.

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