What the new mortgage rules mean for you

By Les Christie  @CNNMoney January 10, 2014: 9:46 AM ET

NEW YORK (CNNMoney)

New mortgage lending rules are going into effect Friday that aim to put an end to the worst mortgage lending abuses of the past.

The new rules are designed to take a “back to basics” approach to mortgage lending and lower the risk of defaults and foreclosures among borrowers, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which issued the new rules.

“No debt traps. No surprises. No runarounds. These are bedrock concepts backed by our new common-sense rules, which take effect today,” said CFPB director Richard Cordray in remarks prepared for a hearing Friday.

Mortgage lenders are being asked to comply with two new requirements: The Ability to Repay rule and Qualified Mortgages. Here’s how they will impact borrowers:

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