Editor: David Reiss
Brooklyn Law School

September 27, 2013

CFPB Tool Puts HMDA Data on Web

By David Reiss

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has posted an online tool to make Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data available to consumers in an easy to use format.    The Bureau notes that in 2012

there were approximately 18.7million HMDA records from 7,400 financial institutions. This information includes the majority of the country’s mortgage applications and mortgages made – known as loan “originations” – by banks, savings associations, credit unions, and mortgage companies. The public information is important because it helps show whether lenders are serving the housing needs of their communities; it gives public officials information that helps them make decisions and policies; and it sheds light on lending patterns that could be discriminatory.

 The Bureau says that the tool

focuses on the number of mortgage applications and originations, in addition to loan purposes and loan types for 2010 through 2012. It looks specifically at first-lien, owner-occupied, one- to four- family and manufactured homes. Using the tool, the public can see nationwide summaries or they can choose interactive features that allow them to isolate the information for metropolitan areas. The public can easily explore millions of data points with these user-friendly graphs and charts.

I found one of the highlights derived from the tool particularly interesting:  “Of the nearly 13 million applications in 2012 for home purchase loans, home improvement loans, and refinancing, more than 8 million resulted in loan originations.” (2) It will be interesting to see what Google Mashups might come from all this data.

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