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Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Comment Request; Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) Disclosures

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AGENCY:

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Housing—Federal Housing Commissioner, HUD.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

The proposed information collection requirement described below will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act. The Department is soliciting public comments on the subject proposal.

DATES:

Comments Due Date: April 29, 2002.

ADDRESSES:

Interested persons are invited to submit comments regarding this proposal. Comments should refer to the proposal by name and or OMB Control Number and should be sent to: Wayne Eddins, Reports Management Officer, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street, SW., L'Enfant Plaza Building, Room 8001, Washington, DC 20410.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Ivy M. Jackson, Acting Director, Interstate Land Sales and RESPA Division, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20410, telephone (202) 708-0501 (this is not a toll free number) for copies of the proposed forms and other available information.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The Department is submitting the proposed information collection to OMB for reviews, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, as amended).

This Notice is soliciting comments from members of the public and affected agencies concerning the proposed collection of information to: (1) Evaluate whether the proposed collection is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond; including the use of appropriate automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses.

This Notice also lists the following information:

Title of Proposal: Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) Disclosures.

OMB Control Number, if applicable: 2502-0265.

Description of the need for the information and proposed use: The Real Estate Settlement Act requires settlement providers to give homebuyers certain disclosure information at or before settlement and pursuant to the servicing of the loan and escrow account. This includes a Special Information Booklet, a Good Faith Estimate, and Initial Servicing Disclosure, the Form HUD-1 or HUD-1A, and when applicable, an Initial Escrow Account Statement, an Annual Escrow Account Statement, an Escrow Account Disbursement Disclosure, an Affiliated Business Arrangement Disclosure, and a Servicing/Transfer Disclosure. This information collection combines six previously approved collections under OMB control number 2502-0265. The OMB control numbers of the previous information collections are 2502-0265, 2502-0458, 2502-0491, 2502-0501, 2502-0516, and 2502-0517.

Agency form numbers, if applicable: HUD-1 or HUD-1A.

Estimation of the total numbers of hours needed to prepare the information collection including number of respondents, frequency of response, and hours of response: The total number of annual hours needed to prepare the information is 6,500,000; the number of respondents is estimated to be 20,000 generating approximately 105,300,000 responses annually; the frequency of response is annually and also third Start Printed Page 9316party disclosures; and the estimated time per response varies from 2 minutes to 15 minutes.

Status of the proposed information collection: Reinstatement, with change, of previously approved collections for which approval have expired.

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Authority: The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C., Chapter 35, as amended.

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Dated: February 19, 2002.

John C. Weicher,

Assistant Secretary for Housing—Federal Housing Commissioner.

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[FR Doc. 02-4716 Filed 2-27-02; 8:45 am]

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