First and foremost, have a great Thanksgiving with your family and friends! We all have a great deal to be thankful for, and please take a moment to reflect on those who won’t be home to celebrate as they serve us around the globe. I for one am very grateful for our men and women who serve our great nation.
The CFPB has published a workbook called “Your home loan toolkit” and everyone needs to take the time to review this and understand the issues and challenges presented when a government agency with no practical experience in the lending arena decides to tell people how to go about preparing to buy a home. The words “I am from the government and I am here to help” should scare the hell out of everyone!
This publication is 26 pages of just enough information to get the average consumer in real trouble. In fact, if you follow this plan, it is likely you will have a long, drawn out home buying process, full of setbacks, delays, and certainly you will never close on your home in less than thirty days. Clearly the CFPB didn’t bother to ask anyone how real life people go about buying a home, and how the very people who are there to serve them are now further handcuffed by silly regulations that clearly won’t improve the buyer experience!
If you go to my website, www.imtcoaching.com you will find a link to this publication, as well as my 45 minute webinar where I explain my issues with this publication. To be fair, there are some good things included in this publication, but the process given for people to follow is not only absurd, but when was the last time anyone had a loan rejected on a front ration above 28%? On what pricing sheets anywhere can you buy down a 30 year fixed rate loan for .375 points in cash for a .125% change in interest rate? It also contains one of the worst rate lock explanations I have ever seen.
The process given on how to go about getting a loan will certainly result in “The guess before the mess” and NOT “know before you owe”. Leaving the client to figure out how much they qualify for, finding the correct loan program to fit their needs, comparing product scenarios, determining pre-payment benefits, and certainly warning the public about pre-payment penalties and balloon payments are clearly best left to a licensed mortgage professional and not for a customer to go figure out for themselves.
I also don’t appreciate the “TIP” found on page 10 that warns the public “A loan officer is not necessarily shopping on your behalf or providing you with the best fit or lowest cost loan.” This is outrageous and the CFPB should be ashamed of itself for publishing such crap! The fundamental job of a loan officer is to work with the customer to find the balance between cost and comfort. In fact, if there are loan officers out there not doing this, why hasn’t the CFPB and the NMLS gotten together to suspend, fine, and/or revoke the license of the offending loan officer?
The CFPB has really missed the mark here. In fact, TRID will not accomplish its intended goal of “know before you owe” because people aren’t going to do this work themselves, read all the disclosures, and yes, they will either lie about themselves or not really know the truth about their income, assets, employment, and credit history to make any of this possible. The fact is, had the CFPB sat down with real professionals and asked a few questions, they would have realized that it is the consumer that is its own worst enemy, and if they made a few simple changes to the process, everyone would have benefitted. Adding more paperwork and time doesn’t solve anything. People who want to borrow money will do or sign anything if they want the money bad enough!
If the CFPB is reading this, please feel free to contact me and I will be happy to come to Washington and spend as much time as needed at my own expense to explain to you the realities of the mortgage industry and how to take a few steps that would change the market in a real fashion while providing the consumer with real information so they could make an informed choice.
Have a great Thanksgiving!
Questions or comments: Mike@IMTcoaching.com