CFPB proposes changes to HMDA rule

cfpb-logoThe CFPB today issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that would raise the coverage thresholds for collecting and reporting data about closed-end mortgage loans and open-end lines of credit under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act rules. The bureau said the NPRM would provide relief to smaller lenders from HMDA’s data reporting requirements and would clarify partial exemptions from certain HMDA requirements that Congress added in the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act.

The bureau also issued an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking seeking information on the costs and benefits of reporting certain data points under HMDA.

For closed-end mortgage loans, the NPRM proposes two alternatives that would permanently increase the coverage threshold from 25 to either 50 or 100 closed-end mortgage loans. For open-end lines of credit, the NPRM would extend for another two years the current temporary coverage threshold of 500 open-end lines of credit. Once that temporary extension expires, the NPRM would set the open-end threshold permanently at 200 open-end lines of credit.

The ANPR solicits comments about the costs and benefits of collecting and reporting the data points the 2015 HMDA Rule added to Regulation C and certain preexisting data points that the 2015 HMDA Rule revised. The ANPR also seeks comments about the costs and benefits of requiring that institutions report certain commercial-purpose loans made to a non-natural person and secured by a multifamily dwelling.

Additionally, the bureau recently redesigned its HMDA data and research page. The page contains current and past research using HMDA data, loan-level datasets, information about compliance and other HMDA resources.

To learn more, visit the CFPB’s website.

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