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Agencies release list of distressed or underserved geographies

Added on June 21, 2017

Agencies release list of distressed or underserved geographies

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency today announced the availability of the 2017 list of distressed or underserved nonmetropolitan middle-income geographies, where revitalization or stabilization activities are eligible to receive Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) consideration under the community development definition. Distressed nonmetropolitan middle-income geographies and underserved nonmetropolitan middle-income geographies are designated by the agencies in accordance with their CRA regulations. The criteria for designating these areas are available on the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) website (http://www.ffiec.gov/cra). The designations continue…

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We are proposing changes to Regulation C to help industry comply and are looking for your feedback

Added on April 13, 2017

We are proposing changes to Regulation C to help industry comply and are looking for your feedback

Today we released a proposal to amend Regulation C to provide certain clarifications that would help companies comply with their data reporting requirements.   Regulation C implements the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA). The Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) requires many financial institutions to maintain, report, and publicly disclose information about mortgages. HMDA was originally enacted by Congress in 1975. These public data are important because they help show whether lenders are serving the housing needs of their communities; they give public officials information that helps them make decisions and policies; and they shed light on lending patterns that could be discriminatory.  In October 2015, the Bureau issued the 2015 HMDA Final Rule, after a multi-year policy…

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CFPB Issues Proposal to Clarify Mortgage Data Rule

Added on April 13, 2017

CFPB Issues Proposal to Clarify Mortgage Data Rule

Proposal Would Clarify Requirements and Help Companies Comply WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) today issued a proposal to facilitate compliance with the 2015 updates to the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) rule. The changes proposed today would help financial institutions comply with the 2015 HMDA Final Rule by clarifying the information they are required to collect and report about their mortgage lending. "The Home Mortgage Disclosure Act shines a much-needed spotlight on the mortgage market, which is the largest consumer financial market in the world," said CFPB Director Richard Cordray. "Today's proposal reflects the Bureau's ongoing and substantive engagement with stakeholders in the marketplace, and will help industry meet its new reporting…

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CFPB Issues Proposal to Provide Flexibility to Certain Mortgage Lenders in Collecting Information

Added on March 24, 2017

CFPB Issues Proposal to Provide Flexibility to Certain Mortgage Lenders in Collecting Information

Proposed Rule Would Also Aid in Adoption of New Forms WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) today released a proposal to amend Equal Credit Opportunity Act regulations to provide additional flexibility for mortgage lenders in the collection of consumer ethnicity and race information. The CFPB believes the proposed amendments will provide greater clarity to lenders regarding their obligations under the law, while promoting compliance with rules intended to ensure consumers are treated fairly. "This law is a key part of the government's commitment to root out discrimination," said CFPB Director Richard Cordray. "This proposal will help industry comply with the law and help protect consumers against illegal discrimination."   The Equal Credit…

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CFPB takes action against Nationstar Mortgage for flawed mortgage loan reporting

Added on March 15, 2017

CFPB takes action against Nationstar Mortgage for flawed mortgage loan reporting

Bureau's $1.75 Million Civil Penalty for Persistent and Substantial Reporting Errors is the CFPB's Largest Penalty to Date for HMDA Violations  WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) today ordered Nationstar Mortgage LLC to pay a $1.75 million civil penalty for violating the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) by consistently failing to report accurate data about mortgage transactions for 2012 through 2014. Today's action is the largest HMDA civil penalty imposed by the Bureau to date, which stems from Nationstar's market size, the substantial magnitude of its errors, and its history of previous violations. In fact, Nationstar had been on notice since 2011 of HMDA compliance problems. In addition to paying the civil penalty, Nationstar must take the…

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