The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has released new online tools on their “Owning a Home” landing page. These tools are aimed at helping consumers better understand the mortgage process, in preparation for the TILA-RESPA Integrated Closing Disclosures (TRID), or the Know Before You Owe Rule, which goes into effect October 3, 2015.
The new tools are divided into four phases:
Prepare to shop
Explore loan choices
Compare loan offers
Get ready to close
Within each phase, consumers can use various online forms and worksheets to learn more about the loan process and their options. Consumers can, for example, explore potential interest rates, based on their credit score, location, home price, loan type, and more. There are also tools that walk consumers step-by-step through the new disclosure forms: the Loan Estimate and the Closing Disclosure.