Debt-to-Income Ratio New HMDA Reporting Requirement
Another addition to what must be collected as part of your HMDA data in 2018 is the borrower’s debt-to-income ratio. This must be reported if the DTI ratio was relied upon when the financial institution made their credit decision. This does not mean that in order for this data point to be reportable it had to be a deciding factor when the financial institution made their credit decision. The DTI ratio merely had to have been considered during the credit decision process.
On your HMDA LAR, this data point can be reported as being “not applicable” in a number of circumstances. One instance is if the DTI ratio was not relied upon when the credit decision was made. “Not applicable” can also occur when you are reporting on a purchased loan and for applications that were closed for incompleteness or withdrawn before a credit decision could be made. Another occasion where “not applicable” is reported on your HMDA LAR is when the applicant and the co-applicant are not natural persons. It is important to note that when reporting the DTI ratio, what is securing the loan will also affect what you report on your HMDA LAR. When the loan is secured by a multifamily dwelling, this data point should be reported as “not applicable”.
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