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February 12, 2014

Some Lenders Still Paying Huge Signing Bonuses for Loan Officers

By Paul Muolo

One loan officer based in Southern California said he’s seeing bonus offers made to colleagues, but cautioned: “It’s true, but only if you can prove good volume today – not eight months ago.”

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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%