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Category: Data, research, and reports |
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Office of Research Blog: Even as rents increase, fewer people are buying

The past two years of high inflation have been difficult for renters. A substantial percentage of renters missed rent payments, and relatively few renters who missed payments found assistance. Additionally, we show that the transition to homeownership has slowed markedly in the past year. Notably, Black and Hispanic families were less likely than non-Hispanic white families to get a mortgage when interest rates were low.

Category: Policy and compliance |
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Mortgage financing options in a higher interest rate environment

With mortgage interest rates elevated to levels not seen in many years, homebuyers are more likely to be offered, or seek out, alternatives to fixed-rate mortgages to help lower their monthly mortgage payments. Mortgage applicants should be aware of how these programs work to select the best option for their financial situation.

Category: Data, research, and reports |
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Office of Research blog: Higher interest rates leading to higher debt burdens for mortgage borrowers

Mortgage interest rates have been rising sharply in recent months, impacting mortgage borrowers and applicants. Using quarterly HMDA data on closed-end home-purchase loans, we find that monthly payments and debt burdens (as measured by DTI) have increased, with a higher percentage of mortgage application denials reporting DTI as a reason for not qualifying.

Category: Director's notebook | Category: Policy and compliance |
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Rethinking the approach to regulations

Markets work best when rules are simple, easy to understand, and easy to enforce. The CFPB is seeking to move away from highly complicated rules that have long been a staple of consumer financial regulation and towards simpler and clearer rules. In addition, the CFPB is dramatically increasing the amount of guidance it is providing to the marketplace, in accordance with the same principles.

Category: Data, research, and reports |
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CFPB publishes Beginner’s Guide to Accessing and Using Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Data

We’ve published a Beginner’s Guide to Accessing and Using Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Data, a resource for those interested in using these comprehensive data on the U.S. mortgage market. The Guide covers the basics of what HMDA data are and how to access them, as well as a step-by-step guide for creating certain data summaries.

Category: Info for consumers |
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Climate risk should be considered in housing decisions

Flooding, fire, drought, and other climate risks have always been a danger to property and safety. However, with the changing climate, these risks are increasing, impacting the probability of damage, cost of utilities, price of insurance, and potential resale value of homes.

Category: Info for consumers |
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If you’re a homeowner struggling to make housing-related payments due to the pandemic, help is available or coming soon

There is help for homeowners financially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Homeowner Assistance Fund (HAF) is a federal program that provides aid to states, Tribes, and territories to assist homeowners with housing-related costs. Learn how to sign up for more information or apply for assistance.

Category: Data, research, and reports |
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Making Ends Meet series: Consumer finances during the pandemic

New analysis in our Making Ends Meet survey series shows that consumers’ finances improved during the pandemic as pandemic policies kept consumers who lost their jobs from suffering financial hardship. But some pandemic-related flexibilities and forbearance programs failed to reach many consumers facing hardship.

Category: Info for consumers |
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Seven examples of unfair practices and other violations by mortgage servicers: CFPB supervision activities uncover red flags

A review of our 2021 supervision activities revealed unfair acts and practices, and other violations, by mortgage servicers. Here’s what to be aware of and how to find the resources you need if you’re struggling to make your mortgage payments.

Category: Director's notebook | Category: Info for consumers |
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Mientras las protecciones expiran, la nueva normativa para la administración hipotecaria busca reducir las ejecuciones que sean evitables

En efecto desde el 31 de agosto del 2021, la nueva normativa les exige a los administradores hipotecarios ofrecerles a los propietarios, oportunidades reales para evitar el “foreclosure” y mantenerse en sus viviendas, mientras algunos programas federales de aplazamiento comienzan a expirar.

Category: At the CFPB |
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The Bureau continues to fight to help alleviate housing insecurity through its Tech Sprint Program

As part of CFPB’s continued effort to combat housing insecurity and promote racial equity, the Bureau is partnering with the Department of Housing and Urban Development to lead a tech sprint on post-pandemic housing challenges. We are asking participants to develop innovative digital tools to raise visibility of housing assistance resources focused on alleviating challenges faced by those with housing insecurity and aiding the connection of housing insecure households and the small landlords that serve them to those providing aid.