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Home equity trade group criticizes abusive lending study

National Home Equity Mortgage Association denies race-targeting in non-prime borrowing

The National Home Equity Mortgage Association claims that the latest report by the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now fails to address legitimate concerns about abusive lending practices and instead attacks the non-prime mortgage lending industry as a whole, an industry that NHEMA said has played a central role in increasing home ownership and access to mainstream credit in minority communities. While ACORN's report highlights a great deal of Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data, NHEMA said it avoids the key HMDA statistics showing that the ethnic distribution of non-prime mortgage loans–68 percent white, 14 percent Hispanic, 12 percent African-American and 6 percent Asian and other–almost precisely mirrors America's overall demographic breakdown. If disparities in mortgage lending actually exist, NHEMA said they are clearly not the result of excessive lending to any particular group by non-prime mortgage lenders. "Non-prime mortgage lenders have been wo...