Monday, March 24, 2014

CFPB Releases New Resources for Consumers

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently released additional resources for consumers as part of its campaign to educate the public about the new protections provided by the CFPB’s new mortgage rules which went into effect on January 10, 2014.

The CFPB’s new mortgage rules protect consumers by requiring that mortgage lenders evaluate whether borrowers can afford to pay back the mortgage. The rules also establish new, strong protections for struggling homeowners, including those facing foreclosure, and ensure that borrowers are protected from costly surprises and delays by lenders.

The CFPB Bureau has released a number of educational materials to improve consumer understanding of the new rules and their protections. These materials include:

  • Sample Letters: The CFPB has released sample letters that consumers can send to lenders when problems arise.
  • Mortgage Tips: The CFPB provides a number of different tips on new rights under the new rules for homebuyers and homeowners at every stage of the mortgage process—from taking out a loan to paying it back. The tips also include recommendations for troubled borrowers facing foreclosure.
  • Answers to Consumer Questions: The CFPB provides answers to mortgage-related questions through AskCFPB, an interactive online tool designed to answer consumers’ most frequently asked questions in plain language.
  • Consumer Tools: The CFPB website offers a tool to help consumers find local housing counseling agencies to answer their questions or address their concerns. Consumers that have an issue with consumer financial products or services, such as a mortgage, can also submit a complaint.
  • Fact sheets on the Rules: The CFPB offers a fact sheet with an overview of the new consumer protections in the CFPB’s mortgage rules. The CFPB also offers a summary of the new procedures to facilitate borrowers’ access to foreclosure avoidance options.

Print copies of the mortgage materials will be available in seven languages: Spanish, Tagalog, traditional Chinese, Haitian Creole, French, Korean, and Vietnamese. English language materials can be found at

Over the next year, the CFPB will continue to produce materials to educate consumers about the new mortgage rules and we will keep you informed about these changes. Or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact Garland Griffiths Knaupp at (503) 846-0707  for a one-hour consultation.

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