Hamilton Herald Masthead


Front Page - Friday, July 14, 2017

Announcement might offer relief for agents on disclosure sharing

In an update to the Know Before You Owe mortgage rule, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau stated clearly that it is “usual, accepted and appropriate” for real estate agents and brokers to have access to the closing disclosure.

The National Association of Realtors cheered the announcement, having pushed vigorously for the clarification. In a statement, NAR President William E. Brown says he hopes the change will encourage greater cooperation between all parties involved in real estate transactions.

“Consumers depend on their real estate agent to help guide them from pre-approval to closing, but that job is significantly harder when an agent is denied access to the closing disclosure,” Brown adds. “The CFPB has again made clear that lenders may share disclosures with third parties, including real estate agents. This was common practice for years in advance of Know Before You Owe, and Realtors are eager to see that cooperative atmosphere take hold once again.”

In an NAR survey released in October, nearly half of Realtors reported challenges gaining access to the closing documents.

Source: NAR