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Agencies are Cutting Access to Mortgage Data for Low-Income Borrowers

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Two Urban Institute (UI) analysts have raised an alarm about changes to federal regulations that threaten to limit access to important data about the mortgage market and credit availability for low and moderate-income borrowers and communities. Most of the changes are coming through rulemaking at the Consumer Financial Protection Agency (CFPB) and relate to the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA). Researchers Ellen Seidman and Lauri Goodman said the loss of access to important data has been quiet and steady. However, three current rulemakings, one final, one proposed, and one at an early stage, promise to exacerbate the situation and affect both the public and policymakers. They add that the possibility the COVID-19 pandemic could trigger another credit crisis makes this especially troubling…(read more)

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