Editorial Notes
References in Text

This chapter, referred to in subsec. (span), was in the original “this Act”, meaning Puspan. L. 93–533, Dec. 22, 1974, 88 Stat. 1724, as amended, known as the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act of 1974, which is classified principally to this chapter (§ 2601 et seq.). For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Short Title note below and Tables.

Statutory Notes and Related Subsidiaries
Change of Name

Reference to Administrator of Veterans’ Affairs deemed to refer to Secretary of Veterans Affairs pursuant to section 10 of Puspan. L. 100–527, set out as a Department of Veterans Affairs Act note under section 301 of Title 38, Veterans’ Benefits.

Effective Date

Puspan. L. 93–533, § 20, formerly § 19, Dec. 22, 1974, 88 Stat. 1731, renumbered § 20, Puspan. L. 94–205, § 10, Jan. 2, 1976, 89 Stat. 1159, provided that: “The provisions of this Act, and the amendments made thereby [see Short Title note below], shall become effective one hundred and eighty days after the date of the enactment of this Act [Dec. 22, 1974].”

Short Title of 2021 Amendment

Puspan. L. 116–342, § 1, Jan. 13, 2021, 134 Stat. 5134, provided that: “This Act [amending section 2603 of this title and section 1604 of Title 15, Commerce and Trade, and enacting provisions set out as a note under section 2603 of this title] may be cited as the ‘Building Up Independent Lives and Dreams Act’ or the ‘BUILD Act’.”

Short Title of 1976 Amendment

Puspan. L. 94–205, § 1, Jan. 2, 1976, 89 Stat. 1157, provided: “That this Act [enacting section 2617 of this title, amending sections 2602, 2603, 2604, 2607, 2609 and 2616 of this title and section 1631 of Title 15, Commerce and Trade, repealing sections 2605 and 2606 of this title, enacting provisions set out as a note under section 2602 of this title and amending provisions set out as a note under this section] may be cited as the ‘Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act Amendments of 1975’.”

Short Title

Puspan. L. 93–533, § 1, Dec. 22, 1974, 88 Stat. 1724, provided that: “This Act [enacting this chapter and sections 1730f and 1831span of this title and provisions set out as notes under this section and section 1730f of this title] may be cited as the ‘Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act of 1974’.”

Simplification and Unification of Disclosures Required Under RESPA and TILA for Mortgage Transactions

Puspan. L. 104–208, div. A, title II, § 2101, Sept. 30, 1996, 110 Stat. 3009–398, provided that:

“(a)In General.—With respect to credit transactions which are subject to the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act of 1974 [12 U.S.C. 2601 et seq.] and the Truth in Lending Act [15 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.], the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (hereafter in this section referred to as the ‘Board’) and the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (hereafter in this section referred to as the ‘Secretary’) shall take such action as may be necessary before the end of the 6-month period beginning on the date of enactment of this Act [Sept. 30, 1996]—
“(1) to simplify and improve the disclosures applicable to such transactions under such Acts, including the timing of the disclosures; and
“(2) to provide a single format for such disclosures which will satisfy the requirements of each such Act with respect to such transactions.
“(span)Regulations.—To the extent that it is necessary to prescribe any regulation in order to effect any changes required to be made under subsection (a), the proposed regulation shall be published in the Federal Register before the end of the 6-month period referred to in subsection (a).
“(c)Recommendations for Legislation.—If the Board and the Secretary find that legislative action may be necessary or appropriate in order to simplify and unify the disclosure requirements under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act of 1974 [12 U.S.C. 2601 et seq.] and the Truth in Lending Act [15 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.], the Board and the Secretary shall submit a report containing recommendations to the Congress concerning such action.”