The proposed Subprime Statement :
Focuses on loans that involve repayment terms that exceed the borrower's ability to service the debt without refinancing or selling the property.
Addresses concerns that subprime borrowers may not fully understand the risks and consequences of obtaining these products, and that the products may pose an elevated credit risk to financial institutions.
Underscores that prudent underwriting standards recognize the potential effect of payment shock in evaluating borrowers' ability to service debt.
Emphasizes that communications with consumers should provide clear and balanced information about the relative benefits and risks of the products.
Directs both risk management and compliance examiners to carefully scrutinize institutions' processes, policies and procedures to ensure that their practices adequately address the risk of these products.
The FDIC encourages institutions that offer subprime mortgage products to review and comment on the attached Subprime Statement.
FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Loan Officer
Chief Compliance Officer
Chief Information Technology Officer
Real Estate Lending
Nontraditional Mortgage Lending
Proposed Statement on Subprime Mortgage Lending - PDF 68k (PDF Help)
Beverlea (Suzy) Gardner, Examination Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 898-3640 or
Mira Marshall, Acting Chief, CRA/Fair Lending Section, at MMarshall@FDIC.gov or (202) 898-3912
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