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Release Date: June 21, 2002

For immediate release

The Federal Reserve Board on Friday published revisions to its Regulation C, which implements the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA).

Data collected under Regulation C are used to help determine whether financial institutions are serving the housing needs of their communities and to assist in enforcing the fair lending laws.

The amendments:
  • Set the thresholds for determining the loans for which financial institutions must report loan pricing data, as required under a final rule approved on January 23, 2002. Institutions will report the rate spread (between the annual percentage rate on a loan and the yield on comparable Treasury securities) if the spread equals or exceeds 3 percentage points for first-lien loans, and 5 percentage points for subordinate-lien loans.
  • Require lenders to report the lien status of applications and originated loans.
  • Require lenders to ask applicants their ethnicity, race, and sex in applications taken by telephone.

Compliance with the amendments relating to the thresholds and lien status is mandatory on January 1, 2004. The amendment requiring lenders to ask telephone applicants for monitoring information is effective for applications taken beginning January 1, 2003, through a technical amendment to the current regulations also published today.

The Board's notices are attached.

Final rule; staff interpretation (169 KB PDF)
Final rule; technical amendment (71 KB PDF)

2002 Banking and consumer regulatory policy

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