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January 15, 2014

Short Takes: There Goes the Ellie Mae Sale / OMG, Mortgage Applications Soar / Surprise: Lender Sees Originations Increase / Prospect Adding 40 Loan Officers Thanks to Impac Deal / Press-Shy MIAC Has MSRs to Sell

By Paul Muolo and Thomas Ressler

It may be time for the mortgage industry to take a chill-pill: applications are on the rise again, rates have stabilized and some firms are actually hiring loan officers.

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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.
Yes, by a lot.
Yes and, heck, we may even do non-QM lending.
No, not at all.
No and we may even tighten credit.

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