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June 18, 2015 | American Banker

Banks Win Disclosure Battle by Default as CFPB Blunders

Faramarz Moeen-Ziai interviews with Racheal Witkowski, CFPB reporter at American Banker

WASHINGTON — A technical error made by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has become a saving grace for lenders who had pushed, begged and pleaded for more time to comply with a new mortgage disclosure rule.

In addition, Faramarz Moeen-Ziai recommends checking that a lender provides a long-term interest rate lock, particularly if you are borrowing close to your maximum The agency said this week that it would propose extending the deadline by two months, largely due to an "administrative error" in which it forgot to formally notify Congress 60 days before the rule was set to take effect, a requirement under the Congressional Review Act.

The proposed delay is short of the five-month one sought by industry groups and nearly 300 members of Congress, but lenders were relieved nevertheless, feeling fortunate they got any reprieve at all after the CFPB rebuffed calls for a formal grace period just two weeks ago.

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