What is the TILA-RESPA rule about?

The TILA-RESPA rule consolidates four existing disclosures required under TILA and RESPA for closed-end credit transactions secured by real property into two forms: a Loan Estimate that must be delivered or placed in the mail no later than the third business day after receiving the consumer’s application, and a Closing Disclosure that must be provided to the consumer at least three business days prior to consummation.

What transactions does the rule cover? (§ 1026.19(e) and (f))

The TILA-RESPA rule applies to most closed-end consumer credit transactions secured by real property. Credit extended to certain trusts for tax or estate planning purposes is not exempt from the TILA-RESPA rule. (Comment 3(a)-10). However, some specific categories of loans are excluded from the rule. Specifically, the TILA-RESPA rule does not apply to HELOCs, reverse mortgages or mortgages secured by a mobile home or by a dwelling that is not attached to real property (i.e., land).

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