H.R.4323 - Consumer Mortgage Choice Act
To amend the Truth in Lending Act to improve upon the definitions provided for points and fees in connection with a mortgage transaction. view all titles (2)
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- Official: To amend the Truth in Lending Act to improve upon the definitions provided for points and fees in connection with a mortgage transaction. as introduced.
- Short: Consumer Mortgage Choice Act as introduced.
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Official Summary3/29/2012--Introduced.Consumer Mortgage Choice Act - Amends the Truth in Lending Act with respect to requirements for disclosure to a consumer of points and fees information about a consumer credit transaction, secured by the consumer's principal dwelling, but which is not a residenti
Official Summary3/29/2012--Introduced.Consumer Mortgage Choice Act - Amends the Truth in Lending Act with respect to requirements for disclosure to a consumer of points and fees information about a consumer credit transaction, secured by the consumer's principal dwelling, but which is not a residential mortgage transaction, a reverse mortgage transaction, or a transaction under an open end credit plan, when the total points and fees the consumer must pay at or before closing will exceed 8% percent of the total loan amount or $400, whichever is greater. (Such consumer credit transactions might include an equity credit line to which consumer purchases or leases may be charged.) Excludes from the computation of such points and fees any compensation paid by a mortgage originator or a creditor to an individual person employed by the mortgage originator or creditor. Excludes also escrows for future payments of insurance. Modifies the criteria for exclusion from the computation of points and fees of certain reasonable charges elsewhere exempted from the computation of the finance charge in extensions of credit secured by an interest in real property. Excludes from points and fees any such reasonable charges even though a creditor receives compensation, but only in so far as the creditor or its affiliate retains the compensation as a result of their participation in an affiliated business arrangement. (An "affiliated business arrangement" is one in which:
(1) a person who is in a position to refer business incident to or a part of a real estate settlement service involving a federally related mortgage loan, or an associate of such person, has either an affiliate relationship with or a direct or beneficial ownership interest of more than 1% in a provider of settlement services; and
(2) either of such persons directly or indirectly refers such business to that provider or affirmatively influences the provider's selection.) Revises the additional requirement that such a reasonable charge be paid to a third party unaffiliated with the creditor. Requires the charge to be:
(1) a bona fide third party charge not retained by the mortgage originator, creditor, or an affiliate; or
(2) a fee or premium for title examination, title insurance, or similar purposes. Modifies the conditions under which federal departments and agencies may exempt refinancings under a streamlined refinancing from an income verification requirement that, at the time a refinancing is consummated, the consumer has a reasonable ability to repay the loan and all applicable taxes, insurance, and assessments. Repeals the exception for bona fide third party charges not retained by the mortgage originator, creditor, or an affiliate from the requirement that total points and fees not exceed 3% of the total new loan amount. (Thus subjects such charges to the same 3% ceiling.)
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H.R.4323 Consumer Mortgage Choice Act
April 18, 2012
I am writing as your constituent in the 6th Congressional district of Massachusetts. I support H.R.4323 - Consumer Mortgage Choice Act, and am tracking it using OpenCongress.org, the free public resource website for government transparency and accountability.
It is imperative that we have your support on this matter. I had the opportunity to speak to your aides this past March when I was in Washington D.C for our annual Legislative Conference. We gave your staff's a brief synoposis of the...