Mortgage Industry Steps Up for Vets

By Kimberley Haas Veterans throughout the country are being gifted homes or renovations to their existing houses as lenders and other business leaders come together to honor the service and sacrifices of the men and women who served in the U.S. military. On Wednesday, Veterans United Home Loans in Columbia, Mo., announced they are giving away 11 homes to 11 veterans to celebrate Veterans Day. Actor, comedian, and retired United States Marine Officer Rob Riggle has teamed up with Veterans United to be part of the project. “These veterans have continued to live the military value of ‘selfless service’ even after they’ve hung up their uniforms,” Riggle said in a statement. Veterans United is surprising 10 veterans with new houses…

New York Expands CRA Requirements

New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed legislation expanding the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) ‘s anti-redlining requirements to non-depository lenders. The New York Senate delivered the bill to Governor Hochul on Friday. Now that the bill is signed, it will become law in 90 days. The CRA is national legislation enacted in 1977 in response to the redlining of poor and minority communities by banks during the 1960s and 1970s. Several states, including Massachusetts, Illinois, and New York, have their own versions. New York’s largely mirrors the federal law. It mandates that banks help meet the credit needs of communities in which they take deposits, specifically in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods. The expansion diverges from federal law, however. A New York…