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April 4, 2014

Want to Avoid Problems with the CFPB? Have a ‘Robust’ Compliance System

By Thomas Ressler

Mortgage bankers have been complaining loudly about escalating compliance costs since the CFPB opened its doors in 2011. Some smaller nonbanks have cited those rising costs as one reason they might be forced to merge with better capitalized institutions.

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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.

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%