The 1,888-page RESPA-TILA Integrated Mortgage Disclosures Rule issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and taking effect next year “isn’t a brain-eating zombie,” but “it certainly feels like a monster.”
Cheek and Haring are taking a page from the playbook of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which has jokingly posted tips for preparing for a zombie apocalypse, including items to stock in an emergency kit, in the hopes that it will help people get ready for real disasters.
When the RESPA-TILA rule takes effect next year, it will integrate information currently provided to consumers in four separate documents to satisfy the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) and the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), boiling it down to two documents: a loan estimate and closing disclosure.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau seems to be a little sensitive about the monstrous-sounding acronym “RESPA-TILA,” preferring to refer to the TILA-RESPA rule implementation — a detail that Ellie Mae also has a little fun with on its website.
Ellie Mae pokes fun at regulators’ preference for “TILA-RESPA” over “RESPA-TILA” on EllieMae.com.