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Volume 2014 - Number 6

February 13, 2014

Lenders to Face Greater Fair Lending Risk as CFPB Takes First Step Toward More HMDA Reporting

Future changes to Home Mortgage Disclosure Act regulations may shed more light on how lenders adapt to the new ability-to-repay rule, as well as assessing the role of credit history and payment burden in the lending process and mortgage pricing. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau late last week took the opening steps in overhauling HMDA reporting requirements under provisions included in the Dodd-Frank Act. Among the changes on the table are disclosing the loan term, total points and fees, the length of any teaser or introductory rate, and the applicant or borrower’s age and credit score. Also, the CFPB is...

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