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Volume 28 - Number 17

August 14, 2017

CSBS Says ATR Hurts Community Banks, Pushes Portfolio Loan QM

The Conference of State Bank Supervisors told the CFPB that the ability-to-repay /qualified mortgage rule has negatively affected financial institutions that, because of their proximity to the local community, rely on more flexible underwriting and determination of ability to repay. “State regulators continue to support the principles that drive the ATR/QM rule, but have several recommendations to better tailor the rule commensurate to the community bank business model,” the CSBS said in its comment letter on the bureau’s proposal to begin assessing the rule. Citing Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. data, the regulators noted that since 2010, 1,173 community banks have either left the residential mortgage lending space or extensively restricted those business lines. Rural Lending is Suffering “Although this decline ...

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