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March 6, 2014

QM Standards Seen as Liberal Compared with Originations from Years Past

By Brandon Ivey

“While we’re trying to lend fairly in an unfair world, the regulatory and enforcement apparatus have created this environment that we’re in and they will be looking to enforce based upon those rules,” said industry consultant Maurice Jourdain-Earl.

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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%