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Banker's Toolbox, Inc., leaders in compliance solutions for financial institutions, announced the acquisition of Georgia-based MainStreet Technologies (MST). MST is an industry leader in the loan risk management space. This acquisition adds to a strong and growing portfolio of compliance-related solutions and will continue to enhance the value Banker's Toolbox brings to both their customers and the industry. (Read full press release here.)

CFPB finalizes HMDA changes

The CFPB has announced it has finalized a temporary increase in the HMDA HELOC reporting threshold for banks and credit unions, and made a number of clarifications, technical corrections, and minor changes to the HMDA regulation (Regulation C, 12 CFR Part 1003). Under the HMDA rules becoming effective on January 1, 2018, financial institutions would have been required to report HELOCs if they made 100 such loans in each of the previous two years. The threshold is temporarily being increased to 500 loans during 2018 and 2019 to give the Bureau time to consider whether to make a permanent adjustment. This change was proposed in mid-July (see our earlier Top Story).

The other amendments finalized by the Bureau include clarifying certain key terms, such as “temporary financing” and “automated underwriting system.” The changes will also, for example, establish transition rules for reporting certain loans purchased by financial institutions. Another change will facilitate reporting the census tract of a property, using a geocoding tool that will be provided on the Bureau’s website. These changes were initially proposed in April 2017.

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