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CFPB releases FAQs on HMDA requirements

Federal Issues CFPB HMDA Mortgages

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On November 10, the CFPB updated its FAQs on the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) reporting requirements to clarify institutional and transactional coverage. The updated FAQs, among other things, highlighted that the final rule, issued in April 2020, established the closed-end mortgage loan threshold to be 100 in each of the two preceding calendar years, effective July 2020, and the open-end line of credit threshold at 200 in each of the two preceding calendar years, effective January 1, 2022, upon the expiration of the temporary threshold of 500 open-end lines of credit. (Covered by InfoBytes here). Additionally, the FAQs presented circumstance-based questions and answers applying the threshold rules to scenarios with varying originations of closed-end mortgage loans and open-end lines of credit and addressed voluntary reporting.

On November 12, the CFPB sent a reminder to institutions that the threshold for reporting HMDA data for open-end lines of credit will adjust to 200 open-end lines of credit in each of the two preceding calendar years effective January 1, 2022. According to the reminder, starting January 1, 2022, an institution that meets the new threshold and all other Regulation C institutional coverage criteria, must collect, record, and report data about its open-end lines of credit.