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In November 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) integrated the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) and Truth in Lending Act (TILA) disclosures and regulations. Any transaction involving a mortgage will use new CFPB disclosure forms. The new TRID rules and forms took effect on October 3, 2015.

The Fed increased rates in mid December 2015, causing fears of rising rates in 2016, but markets began the new year with rates moving surprisingly lower. Major losses in stocks and oil prices were part of the same trend of investors moving away from risk. After bottoming out fairly close to all-time lows in February, rates began to rise somewhat sharply in March as market panic subsided and as the Fed signaled it would probably still hike rates in 2016--just not as quickly as anticipated.

It remains to be seen whether markets can continue to move in this risk-friendly direction. Stocks have yet to break out of a gradual downtrend that began in mid-2015. If they do, we can expect to see mortgage rates increase in 2016.
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