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CFPB proposes permanent HMDA thresholds

Agency Rule-Making & Guidance HMDA CFPB Mortgages

Agency Rule-Making & Guidance

On May 2, the CFPB issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), which would permanently raise coverage thresholds for collecting and reporting data about closed-end mortgage loans and open-end lines of credit under the HMDA rules. Specifically, the proposal would permanently raise the reporting threshold for closed-end mortgage loans from 25 loans in each of the two preceding calendar years to either 50 or 100 closed-end loans in each of the preceding two calendar years. As previously covered by InfoBytes, the CFPB temporarily increased the threshold for open-end lines of credit from 100 loans to 500 loans for calendar years 2018 and 2019. The current proposal would extend that temporary threshold to January 1, 2022, and then permanently lower the threshold to 200 open-end lines of credit after that date. Lastly, the proposal incorporates, with minor adjustments, the interpretive and procedural rule issued in August 2018 (2018 Rule), which implemented and clarified the HMDA amendments included in Section 104(a) of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (previously covered by InfoBytes here). The proposal includes additional interpretive information related to the partial exemptions in the 2018 Rule, including how the partial exemption rules apply after a merger or acquisition. The Bureau is proposing that these changes take effect January 1, 2020. Comments on the NPRM must be received within 30 days of publication in the Federal Register.                    

The Bureau also issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) seeking information on the costs and benefits of reporting certain data points under HMDA. Additionally, the ANPR also seeks information about the requirement that institutions report certain commercial-purpose loans made to a non-natural person and secured by a multifamily dwelling. Comments on the ANPR must be received within 60 days of publication in the Federal Register.