Ally is facing criticism over its rate-sharing scheme.
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Ally is the biggest provider of home loan insurance and a member of the American Home Mortgage Association (AHA).
It is also one of the few lenders to offer a lower interest rate on its home loan products.
However, the company’s new rate-splitting scheme could be the start of a long battle with the consumer watchdog.
Last year, the consumer advocacy group Consumers Union raised concerns over the rates that Ally was charging.
The association accused Ally of charging an average of nearly 14% on its Ally home loan product, while the average interest rate for an Ally home was only about 1%.
As of July 2018, Ally had 5.4 million customers.
In September, the average customer was paying an average 3.7% interest rate.
The group is now demanding that Ally refund all of the customers who have paid less than 3.0% of their income for their loan products over the past five years.
The consumer advocacy groups claims that the company has inflated its average interest rates on its Home Loan Protection (HLP) product, which covers the full loan term, up to 3 years.
The average interest is about 4.7%.
According to the consumer group, an average borrower who pays the average annual payment of 3.9% will get a home loan of Rs 2.57 lakh at an interest rate of 4.0%.
A borrower who paid the average monthly payment of 5.2% will have a loan of $1,700 at an average rate of 3%.
In addition, consumers are being charged an average interest of 1.2%.
The group said this was due to Ally’s use of different interest rates for different types of loans.
A spokesperson for Ally told Business Standard that the difference between the average and average interest was due in part to the fact that the average loan is for a five-year term.
“There is a difference between an average loan and a five year loan,” he said.
“It is the difference in the interest rates that you pay.”
In August, the US Federal Reserve also said that the AHA’s guidelines should be revised to reduce the rate-setting authority of the agency.
This is in line with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) guidelines which set the rate for the Home Loan Assistance Program (HLAP).
The CFPB is an independent agency which is responsible for regulating the lending practices of lenders.
Ally said it would comply with the new guidelines.
“We have already provided a review to the CFP Bureaus staff, who have informed us that the proposed guidelines are consistent with the guidance issued by the ABA,” the spokesperson said.
“As the CBA is an agency that regulates lending practices and the AHPA is not, the AHPP is a policy not regulated by the CPPB.”
The spokesperson said the company will also review the AHCAP guidelines.
In a statement, the spokesperson also said Ally has been “transparent in its communication with consumers”.