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Volume 2014 - Number 3

January 31, 2014

Low-Risk Non-QMs Likely to Be Priced Well

The risks that come with originating loans that don’t receive qualified mortgage protections can be significant. However, industry participants suggest that low-risk non-QMs can be priced at levels similar to the interest rates available on QMs. While interest-only mortgages don’t meet the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s standards for QMs, a number of banks plan to continue to offer IOs to well-qualified borrowers. Analysts at Barclays Capital noted that the loans don’t present lenders with ...

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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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