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Increase in FHA Mortgage Limits for 2020

If you’re lending funds to future homeowners in 2020, an increase in FHA loan limits in your local county may impact your daily operations. What is FHA? The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) provides mortgage insurance on loans made by approved lenders, like you,...

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2019 year-in-review in the world of HMDA

Like last year, I want to write another blog to recap the year’s HMDA developments and look ahead to what’s coming in 2020. This year’s blog will summarize three different fronts: 1) data collection, 2) Reg C changes, and 3) disclosure of public data. In each area,...

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Breaking Down Secondary Market Activity in 2018

Many people believe that the signs of a healthy economy are in the number of mortgages being applied for by Americans, but one of the true indicators of economic and financial health is in the secondary market, where government-sponsored enterprises (GSE) choose which...

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On the margins of metro areas

This is the third in a series of blogs related to the 2019 demographic changes. The first dealt with changes in metro area median family incomes and the second dealt with tracts that flipped from low/mod to not low/mod, and vice-versa. As discussed, the 2019...

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Important Takeaways From the 2018 HMDA Data Release

As we enter the fourth quarter of the year and businesses begin forming their strategies for 2020, they need the most up-to-date consumer data to inform their strategies and match their clients’ needs. For financial institutions, there is no better source than the...

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Demographic alert: tract income changes for 2019

This is the second blog in a series about the the 2019 FFIEC census demographic file which was released on August 30, 2019.  Into that file FFIEC incorporated September 2018 Office of Management and Budget MSA/Metropolitan Division boundary definitions. As a result...

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How LendingPatterns™ helps you make sense of HMDA

HMDA data is both a recurring concern and a useful tool for financial institutions. Banks, credit unions, and independent mortgage companies have to submit HMDA every year or risk the penalties so that all of this data can then be viewable to the public and can paint...

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