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February 19, 2014

Short Takes: Houlihan Lokey Beefs Up Mortgage M&A Staff / Parent of Warehouse Bank in Play / Essent Doubles MI Policies Written / Luxury Mortgage Sold / Jumbo MBS Investors Benefit From Declining Refis

By Paul Muolo and Brandon Ivey

Matt Monahan is expected to aid HL as it tries to take advantage of a red hot market for servicing sales. A former deal maker at Cohane Rafferty Securities, he will beef-up HL’s mortgage sales force.

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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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