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RESPA (Regulation X)
Revisions to Good Faith Estimate and HUD-1 Settlement Statement
FIL-75-2009
December 23, 2009


Summary: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has amended Regulation X, which implements the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA). The amendments relate primarily to the Good Faith Estimate (GFE) and HUD-1 Uniform Settlement Statement (HUD-1) and, with some exceptions, require mandatory compliance on January 1, 2010. FDIC examiners will begin examining for compliance with the amended provisions of Regulation X immediately. Attached is supplemental information regarding the amendments.

Highlights:
  • As of January 1, 2010, compliance with the following provisions of Regulation X (RESPA) is mandatory:
    • The new version of the Good Faith Estimate (GFE), which is subject to tolerances for accuracy.
    • The expanded Uniform Settlement Statement (HUD-1), which promotes comparison of loan terms and settlement charges between the HUD-1 and GFE.
    • Reimbursement to borrowers within 30 days of settlement of any overcharges outside permitted tolerances.
  • The amended rule also provides that inadvertent or technical errors on the HUD-1/1A will not be deemed a violation of RESPA if a revised HUD-1/1A is provided to the borrower within 30 days of settlement.
  • The revised regulation is available at http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/pdf/E8-27070.pdf.

Distribution:
FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)

Suggested Routing:
Chief Executive Officers
Chief Lending Officers
Compliance Officers

Related Topics:
Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act
Truth in Lending

Attachment:
Supplemental Information - PDF (PDF Help)

Contact:
Glenn Gimble, Senior Policy Analyst, Compliance Policy Section, at GGimble@FDIC.gov or (202) 898-6865; or Lorraine Rushing, Review Examiner, Compliance Examination Section, at LRushing@FDIC.gov or (202) 898-3716

Printable Format:
FIL-75-2009 - PDF (PDF Help)

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Last Updated 12/23/2009 communications@fdic.gov