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January 2, 2014

Short Takes: Will a Non-QM Market Develop? / Ellie Mae Still in Play / RCS Has a New Owner / Barry Habib’s Future / High Earners More Likely to Shop Online for a Mortgage

By Paul Muolo

Will well-known mortgage trainer Barry Habib stick with Residential Finance Corp., a company whose assets are in the process of being sold? It’s hard to say since RFC isn’t answering questions on about the firm’s future.

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Poll

With rates higher this year, there has been talk of lenders liberalizing their underwriting standards in an effort to increase volume and make up for lower refis.

Do you think your shop will loosen standards over the coming three months?

Yes, but not by much.

47%

Yes, by a lot.

5%

Yes and, heck, we may even do non-QM lending.

14%

No, not at all.

26%

No and we may even tighten credit.

7%