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What is TRID and How Can an Attorney Help You?

Buying a home is an exciting and important step in your life, but there is much more to it than picking out the ideal home. There are dozens of forms to read and sign, terms to negotiate, and meetings to attend. One way the government has tried to uncomplicate this procedure is by revising previous laws and enacting the TRID rule for most closed-end mortgages.

What is TRID?

TRID was enacted in 2015 and is the combination of two Acts: the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) and the Truth In Lending Act (TILA). TRID may be more commonly known as the “Know Before You Owe” rule.

Two Documents

TRID means you’ll see two extra documents:

  • The Loan Estimate: A three-page form that the buyer receives after applying for a mortgage. The estimate includes the estimated interest rate of the loan, monthly payment, total costs, and more.
  • The Closing Disclosure: A five-page form that provides the final details about the selected mortgage. The information contained in the Closing Disclosure is similar to the Loan Estimate, but the totals are the final, thus guaranteed, amounts by the lender.

What is A TRID-Certified Lawyer?

A TRID-certified lawyer will know all the details of TRID so you don’t need to stress about the details. Reggie Kelly, one of our own experienced attorneys, is TRID certified and can give you the guidance you need so you don’t miss any important dates or fine print that may work against you.

What Does TRID Outline?

  • Timing – With TRID in place, there are now strict timing guidelines in place that must be followed. The Loan Estimate must be provided to buyers no later than three business days after the lender receives the application and another copy no later than seven business days before consummation. The Closing Disclosure must be received no later than three business days before consummation. This matters to buyers because missing a timeline can mean missing out on that home you wanted.
  • 0% Tolerances Category – This applies to the section in the Loan Estimate that details out loan fees and other fees. Fees paid to the lender, mortgage broker, or an affiliate must be written so that buyers cannot be swindled. You can also see exactly what you are paying for besides the cost of the property.
  • Written List of Providers – The lender must detail out a written list of settlement providers for which the buyer may shop for and the lender must provide sufficient information for those providers to be contacted and must state that the buyer may select a different provider for that service if desired. This helps you as a homebuyer to have access to providers, but know that you are not obligated in any way to use one of the lender’s providers. You always have the option to choose for yourself.

What Loans Are NOT Affected?

  • Home Equity Lines of Credit (HELOCs)
  • Reverse mortgages
  • Mortgages secured by a mobile home or dwelling not attached to real property

An Attorney Can Help

TRID was created to create fairness so consumers will understand what is happening in the home-buying process. But that doesn’t mean the game is always fair. Sometimes lenders can lead buyers to think something is required of them that is not. Even real estate agents may not be as trustworthy as you’d like. On the contrary, an attorney acts as your representative and only has your best interests in mind.

Navigating through the detailed process of home-buying can be daunting if you don’t have anyone representing you. An experienced attorney knows what TRID entails and can ensure that you’re given a fair deal and treated right.

Kelly & West have over 30 years of experience. Contact us to see how we can help you through the process of making your dream home a reality.

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    “Reggie Kelly is a fantastic attorney with fantastic paralegals. My wife and I have been using him and his firm since 1983 when we first purchased property in Harnett County 37 years ago. He offers excellent legal advice and guidance. He never gets in a hurry to get us out the door because of his next appointment. He always takes the time needed to check out all of the issues that might come up. Reggie Kelly is a proud American and he loves our country and he wants everyone to do well. Reggie Kelly is an even finer person than he is a fantastic attorney and we are very fortunate to also be able to call him and his wife Cheryl our friends. We give him a 10 STAR Review!”