It is taking home buyers longer to get a mortgage, which some in the real-estate industry say is the result of new federal rules meant to make mortgage terms easier to understand.
It wasn’t broke, and mortgages were moving as much apace as this Obama Recovery permitted, but it also wasn’t regulated. Government abhors a control vacuum.
Mortgages took an average of 49 days to close in November…the longest closing time since February 2013….
That’s only a three day increase over October, but it’s an entirely unnecessary and a completely government caused delay.
The rules…require lenders to give borrowers final terms of a loan at least three business days before closing to ensure they have time to understand the agreement.
Never mind that consumers already can walk away from any purchase contract, including mortgage contracts, within three days after signing—the “cooling off” period.
Advocates for the changes say they are a common-sense response to the housing crisis, during which it became apparent that many borrowers didn’t understand the ramifications of terms such as teaser rates or growing principal balances.
Of course a Liberal will say it’s common sense to regulate. It couldn’t possibly be common sense to educate instead.
The outcome of this demand to regulate anything and everything is more than just a delay in closing. Sales of existing homes have fallen sharply, 10.5% in November, the first month these wonderful new regulations have been in place, compared to October.