On October 15, 2015, the US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a final rule intended to streamline the process of reporting residential mortgage market information for financial institutions. Regulation C implements the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act and requires lenders to report certain information regarding home loans for which they receive applications or that they originate or purchase. The final rule amends current Regulation C requirements by calling for more specific information from lenders, such as property value, term of the loan, and the duration of any teaser or introductory interest rates. In addition, financial institutions will be obligated to deliver certain information about mortgage loan underwriting and pricing, such as an applicant’s debt-to-income ratio, the interest rate of the loan, and the discount points charged for the loan. Aside from requiring lenders to report more detailed information, the final rule also attempts to simplify the reporting process by easing reporting requirements for some small banks and credit unions and aligning reporting requirements more closely with industry standards. The rule also provides guidance on compliance with both new and existing requirements under Regulation C.

The CFPB press release is available at: http://www.consumerfinance.gov/newsroom/cfpb-finalizes-rule-to-improve-information-about-access-to-credit-in-the-m ortgage-market/.

The final rule is available at: http://files.consumerfinance.gov/f/201510_cfpb_final-rule_home-mortgage-disclosure_regulation-c.pdf