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2016 HMDA Data Highlights [Infographic]

On September 28, 2017, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) announced the availability of 2016 mortgage lending data submitted in compliance with the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA). This database of mortgage activity is relied upon by regulators, examiners, academics, industry leaders, and members of the general public to analyze the performance of mortgage lenders with regard […]


CFPB Finalizes Amendments to Equal Credit Opportunity Act

The CFPB on Wednesday issued its final rule modifying the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) regulations, which it says will provide added flexibility for mortgage lenders in the collection of consumer ethnicity and race information.  Currently, the ECOA restricts lenders’ ability to ask consumers about race, religion, nationality or sex except as it relates to the required collection […]


Philadelphia Sues Wells Fargo for Discriminatory Lending Practices

The City of Philadelphia announced (HousingWire) on May 15, 2017 that it will sue one of the nation’s largest banks, Wells Fargo, for discriminatory lending practices against its minority residents which, in turn, caused harm to the City. This suit will be a major test of a recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court (Bank […]


U.S. Supreme Court Recognizes New Fair Housing Act Stakeholders in Bank of America, et. al. v. City of Miami

Can a city, or potentially other governmental entities, sue lenders over their discriminatory lending practices under the Fair Housing Act?  On May 1, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court said “yes,” but with the following conditions: The city must be an “aggrieved person” within the meaning of the Fair Housing Act; The alleged harm must be […]


CFPB Releases 2016 Fair Lending Report, Redlining Among Top 2017 Priorities

On Tuesday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its annual Fair Lending report. In this report, the CFPB summarizes its supervisory actions, rulemaking, guidance and other activities conducted during the 2016 calendar year. Following are some of the observations that are noted in the report related to the agency’s supervisory actions for 2016: Many […]