Everett Ives doesn’t mince words about his dislike of real estate bundling. He believes that instead of helping consumers as it’s purported to do, bundling mortgage and closing services actually hurts them.
“It’s used as a tool to steal, and more particularly a tool to trap the borrower,” said Ives, a Texas-based consultant to mortgage brokers and bankers. He is actively involved with the Texas Association of Mortgage Brokers.
Bundling real estate services is the process of combining fees for credit reports, title reports and other items needed to close a mortgage.