WASHINGTON — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau could consider expanding exemptions for small lenders from its qualified mortgage rule after it goes into effect on Friday, according to Richard Cordray, the agency's director.

During a discussion hosted by the National Association of Realtors on Tuesday, Cordray said the CFPB attempted to carefully craft the exemption to avoid burdening smaller lenders, but was open to adjustments once the agency sees the rule's impact.

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