The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) met with the public Wednesday to discuss the mortgage closing process. The agency announced that it will launch a new electronic closing (eClosing) pilot program in order to explore new avenues to make closings less complex for consumers.
“As part of our Know Before You Owe initiative, we are making a commitment to work with the various stakeholders to use technology in order to improve the mortgage closing experience for consumers,” CFPB Director Richard Cordray said in his opening comments. “We strongly believe that electronic closing solutions — known as eClosings — can lead to more knowledgeable consumers and a much better process for everyone involved.”
Developing a more streamlined and efficient closing process is the next phase in the CFPB’s Know Before You Owe initiative that began in May 2011, when the bureau released its initial RESPA/Truth in Lending Act integrated mortgage disclosure prototypes.