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Volume 2014 - Number 39

October 16, 2014

ATR Rule Not Impairing Access to Credit, But Other Regs Are Raising Costs, Hurting Customer Service

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s high-profile ability-to-repay rule has had “little to no impact” on borrower access to mortgage credit, officials at the bureau said this week. But other regulations are certainly forcing compliance costs to go up while pushing the quality of customer service down, according to community bankers. Speaking during a meeting of the CFPB’s Community Bank Advisory Council in Washington, DC, this week, Brian Webster, program manager for the bureau’s Office of Mortgage Markets, said he was glad to see that mortgage lending did not grind to a halt the day after the ability-to-repay rule took effect in January. “Over the past months, we have heard...

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