Proposed Changes to Community Reinvestment Act Regulations

A proposed CRA rule change may affect banking practices and standards for lending. Here’s what you need to know about these recommended regulations. What is the Community Reinvestment Act? The Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) was enacted in 1977 to motivate financial...

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,...

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,...

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...

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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