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Volume 2014 - Number 2

January 17, 2014

Lenders Planning Non-QMs Other Than IOs

While many major banks plan to offer mortgages that don’t meet qualified mortgage requirements, the originations will largely be limited to interest-only mortgages for well-heeled borrowers. A handful of smaller players have plans to offer a different sort of non-QM, aimed at borrowers with higher debt-to-income ratios or via hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages. Among the firms targeting the non-QM space beyond IOs is Fenway Summer, headed by Raj Date, the former deputy director at the CFPB ...

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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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