"The grapevine says that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is seriously considering a proposal by the National Association of Mortgage Brokers (NAMB) for amending mortgage disclosure requirements. Is their proposal good for borrowers?" Yes and no. It improves disclosure from lenders in a way that makes sense, but it reduces disclosure from brokers in a way that would make them even less accountable to borrowers than they are now. It would eliminate Upfront Mortgage Brokers (UMBs), who charge borrowers a set fee negotiated in advance, because it would no longer be possible for borrowers to determine from closing documents how much the broker made on the transaction. A serious problem for borrowers in dealing with brokers is the difficulty in discovering how much the broker is charging. The fee paid out of the borrower's pocket is disclosed on the Good Faith Estimate, a required disclosure, but today this is the smallest part of broker income. The larger part is th...
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