Q: When must creditors deliver the special information booklet?
A: Creditors must provide a copy of the special information booklet to consumers who apply for a consumer credit transaction secured by real property or a cooperative unit, except in certain circumstances (see below). The special information booklet is required pursuant to Section 5 of RESPA (12 U.S.C. 2604) and is published by the Bureau to help consumers applying for federally related mortgage loans understand real estate transactions. (§ 1026.19(g)(1))
Creditors must deliver or place in the mail the special information booklet not later than three business days after receiving the consumer’s loan application. (§ 1026.19(g)(1)(i))
In April 2015, the Bureau released the most recent version, titled Your home loan toolkit: a step-by-step guide (“Toolkit”), which is designed to be used in connection with the Loan Estimate and Closing Disclosure forms that became effective on October 3, 2015. This Toolkit replaced the document titled Shopping For Your Home Loan: Settlement Cost Booklet, originally published by HUD.
Multiple versions of the Toolkit, including a Spanish language version, are available at
. There is an electronic version designed for web posting and interactivity as well as print ready PDFs. Copies can also be ordered from the Government Printing Office (www.gpo.gov
). There are two formatted versions available, an 8-1/2” x 11” version as well as an envelope size version.