New RESPA Rules for Consumer Protection in Real Estate Settlements and LoansJeffrey Margolis and Barry D. Lapides
June 11, 2010 — 322 views
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently issued new rules that modify the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA). RESPA is a consumer-protection statute that was enacted to (1) help consumers become better shoppers for settlement services and (2) eliminate kickbacks and referral fees that unnecessarily increase the costs of certain settlement services. Loans secured with a mortgage placed on a one-to-four-family residential property are governed by RESPA. These loans include most purchase loans, assumptions, refinances, property improvement loans, and equity lines of credit. HUD's Office of RESPA and Interstate Land Sales is responsible for enforcing RESPA.