Rural Mortgage Activity Increases, but Certain Populations Continue to Struggle with Elevated Denials and High-Cost Lending
The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council released its most recent figures on home lending and mortgage activity for the year 2016. Approximately 16.3 million loan records filed by 6,762 banks and lending institutions in the United States were recorded as required by the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, commonly known by its acronym HMDA. Congress enacted HMDA in 1975 to document how, and to what extent, banks are lending in their communities. Of the loan applications reported through HMDA in 2016, approximately 2 million, or 15 percent, sought funding for homes in rural or small-town communities.