CFPB Fair Lending Report
You undoubtedly realize that Fair Lending has been a hot topic for a number of years and that doesn’t seem to be changing anytime soon. That’s one reason that it’s important to note that the CFPB recently released its annual Fair Lending Report. Remember as well that we still have that Small Business Data Collection rulemaking looming. The Bureau hasn’t, as they make mention of it in the report – although they do seemingly continue to kick that can down the road.
In the report, the CFPB gives us some of the most frequently cited Regulation B and ECOA violations, such as Discrimination; Improperly asking or failure to ask for government monitoring information; improperly requiring spousal signatures; not providing an adverse action notice within 30 days or not providing all the required information within the notice; failing to maintain records of applications and any associated action taken notices; and failure to provide appraisal reports when required.
Hopefully, you can take this list of frequently cited violations and not only take comfort in the fact that others are facing challenges here but use it as a bit of a checklist as being some areas you may want to check into, to see how you’re doing. Especially if you have an exam coming up, the sooner, the better.
There’s a reason that these items are frequently missed – they’re not easy. The first step of course to getting something right is understanding what you have to do. To help you there, we have several webinars that will help you make sure you’re on the right track. We’re excited to bring you topics such as documenting joint intent and All About Fair Lending to not only help you know what to look for but also help you share the message with others. Remember, access to the recording of the webinar, as well as our written responses to all questions received, is included in your purchase price. We hope you’ll join us soon.
See Training Options
ATR/QM Matrix Updated for 2019
With a new year, of course, comes many revised compliance thresholds. One of those is the annual adjustment to the points and fees thresholds, used as part of the criteria to determine whether a loan is a “Qualified Mortgage”.
As a result, we’ve updated our Repayment Ability Risk & Requirements Matrix to Version 4.4 for use in 2019. It’s now available on our website as a free download.
Can you believe it’s been five years since these requirements went into effect!! If you’re looking for a refresher, join us in April for Ability to Repay, QM, High-Cost & Higher-Priced Mortgage Loans!
HMDA Data Guide Updated for 2019
Back in October, we alerted you to the fact that the CFPB had released a new Filing Instructions Guide (FIG) for HMDA data collected in 2019. As a result, we’ve updated our HMDA Data Guide. Version 3.0 is available now in our free lending tools. Please note that these additions will not impact the data you collected in 2018. Rather, they apply to HMDA data collected in 2019, that will be submitted in 2020.
So, what changed?
- Codes 18 – 24 were added to the list of options when reporting the results from an Automated Underwriting System (AUS):
20. Accept/Unable to Determine
21. Refer with Caution/Eligible
22. Refer with Caution/Ineligible
23. Refer/Unable to Determine
24. Refer with Caution/Unable to Determine
The FIG does tell us that added codes 18 and 19 correspond to results frequently returned by FHA Total Scorecard. Any of the added codes may also commonly be reported by the Guaranteed Underwriting System (GUS). The FIG also clarifies that while it specifies certain codes as being commonly seen with certain underwriting systems, you should ultimately report the result you receive. For example, the FIG says that the GUS commonly gives results that correspond to codes 3, 4, 10, 15, 18 – 24. However, that doesn’t mean that those are the only results that can be reported for that system.
- The names of the Credit Scoring models were also revised for Codes #3 and #4 (e.g. FICO Risk Score Classic 04 is now TransUnion FICO Risk Score Classic 04).
While the changes aren’t necessarily major changes, it’s still important you are aware of them. Let’s be honest, there are few regulations that cause more headaches and confusion than HMDA! If you’re looking for HMDA training, visit our store to register for HMDA: Are You Ready to Submit Your 2018 Data? coming on January 10th and HMDA Transaction Coverage on January 22nd.
TRID Issue Date
Back in November, we had our three-part webinar series on TRID From A to Z. As the title indicates, it was an opportunity for us to review TRID requirements from application through closing, all in a plain English format. Likewise, the questions you submitted help us to understand those areas that cause some confusion, regardless of whether we deal with them on a regular basis or just occasionally, and regardless of whether it’s something we’ve had to deal with since 2015 or something that recently came to light with TRID 2.0.
For example, the issue date on both the Loan Estimate and Closing Disclosure should reflect the date the disclosure is delivered to a consumer. Changing the issue date signifies that something has been changed or updated. Look at some of your Closing Disclosures – are you changing the issue date and if so, why? If a revised version of the disclosure was provided, you will want your file documentation to reflect why that was the case. In the case of the Closing Disclosure, if the issue date is changing even when the disclosure itself is not, you will want to change your practice. On the surface, this is a pretty technical issue, but you also don’t want anyone to be able to dispute when you provided the Closing Disclosure.
Our three-part TRID series webinar is still available for purchase if you are looking for some TRID training. Now, I’ll be honest, it’s a whole lotta TRID, but the good news is that with the recording, you can break it into shorter segments for what you have time for or for just how much TRID you want at one time. Find it in our Store today!
HMDA Platform Launch
The CFPB has released a test version of the HMDA Platform that will be used to submit 2018 data. You can upload, review edits, certify, and submit data for 2018. However, any data entered will be removed when the filing period for 2018 data opens on January 1, 2019.
Remember, you must have a recognizable Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) to use the Platform. If you have a LEI that’s not currently recognized or have questions on registering to use the Platform, you can complete this form.
Are you getting a little nervous about submitting your HMDA Data for the first time under the new rules? Be sure to join us for our “HMDA: Are You Ready to Submit Your 2018 Data?” webinar on January 10th. We will take a look at some of the tricky areas, clearing validity errors, and much, much more!