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The Bar For Credit, Not Consumer Protection, Needs To Be Lowered

Thursday, May 11, 2017
Will McDermott | Scotsman Guide
Nikitra Bailey

Our primary concerns are ensuring that the system provides for access and affordability for all creditworthy borrowers. Right now creditworthy borrowers are being locked out of the system and being underserved. When we look at recent HMDA [Home Mortgage Disclosure Act] data — specifically the 2015 data — we are concerned to see low levels of conventional lending to borrowers of color and to lower-wealth families overall. We think that conventional lenders have responded to the mortgage market with market overcorrections that are pushing creditworthy borrowers outside of their ability to access credit.