The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Big Dog of oversight for the Real Estate Industries including mortgage bankers, appraisers, real estate agents and title companies, will soon be put into practice. Under the new law, Tim Geithner will set a “transfer date” when key legal and regulatory authorities shift from such agencies as the FTC, HUD and the Fed to the new consumer protection bureau. In effect, that date sets the beginning of the bureau oversight (with initial funding projected at $500 million a year,) a staff and full set of teeth. By law it must be no later than Jan. 21, 2011. The new agency will assume control of a RESPA, the GFE, HUD-1 and appraisal management among other things. All daunting tasks.With the complications between state laws, federal laws and multiple multiple state and local bureaus, let’s hope this aligns theĀ  process, making it more transparent and less complicated. Well we can hope anyway… I would settle for a Dog that can simply define where his yard ends and our yard starts…

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