On October 1, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau created two new forms designed to protect the home buyer by streamlining two federal acts regulating the mortgage process. The TILA RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID, for short) is now required as part of the closing process to:
  • simplify mortgage documentation
  • use language that is easy to understand
  • limit fees charged to home buyers
  • prevent unexpected issues at closings

The first form (Loan Estimate) replaces the Good Faith Estimate and the Truth in Lending disclosure. It details the mortgage terms, including key features, costs and risks of the mortgage, in clear language that makes it understandable for the buyer.

The second form (Closing Disclosure) replaces the HUD-1 Settlement Statement. It is provided three business days prior to the closing and may not be modified once it is submitted. The new form is designed to provide any and all disclosures that will help clarify all of the costs involved in the purchase of the home. If there are changes after the the Closing Disclosure form is sent, a new three-business-day waiting period applies.
Orchestrating a closing involves a number of variables, including coordinating the closing with the real estate agent and the closing attorney. While TRID protects the buyer, it can cause scheduling delays if the mortgage lender is not managing both the financial obligations and the timeline.
TRID can be a beneficial addition to the mortgage and closing process, but it takes a dedicated mortgage professional to manage it so there are no unexpected delays that affect timing — this also includes the scheduling of your moving company, delivery of appliances, transfer of utilities, time off from work, and more.
If you have questions about TRID or you are preparing to purchase a new home, please get in touch and I’ll be happy to help guide you through the process. I look forward to speaking with you.

December’s Home Improver

Cleaning Drapes, Curtains, Shades and Blinds

If you’re planning a New Year’s Eve bash and you want everything in your home to look beautiful for your guests, you may want to have a look at your drapes and curtains. When was the last time you had them cleaned? Drapes, curtains, shades and blinds are sometimes overlooked in terms of general housecleaning.
The cleanliness of your window coverings depends on several factors. More frequent cleaning is required for homes that include pets and cigarette smokers. Other factors include dust and dirt entering from drafty windows along with heating and air-conditioning vents, soil kicked up from vacuuming and dust particles falling from ceiling fans.
For the most part, drapes should be cleaned every two years. The best way to tell is to simply have a close look or shake them out in sunlight to see how much dust and pet dander has built up.
If your drapes must be dry-cleaned but you don’t want to go through the drudgery of taking them down and driving them over to your local dry cleaner, there are companies that do in-home cleaning of fine fabrics.
Your curtains, especially if they are machine washable, should be cleaned every six months to a year. Have a look at dusty shades and blinds. Shades are easily cleaned, but discoloration from the sun may be the reason you have them replaced. Blinds, on the other hand, should be vacuumed with the brush attachment or wiped clean with a feather duster. Fabric blinds should be dry-cleaned.
Keeping your window coverings clean adds a freshness to your home that you may not notice until after you clean them. After years of hanging, they collect more dust and dirt than you may have realized.