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Volume 7 - Number 5

February 28, 2014

Downloads Available: Top 50 FHA Lenders in 2013

FHA Endorsements Decline in 4Q13

Slowing refinance activity and higher mortgage insurance premiums took a toll on FHA loan production in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to Inside FHA Lending's analysis of FHA data. Overall FHA endorsements fell 24.3 percent from the third quarter as the year ended with $210.0 billion. This was down 9.6 percent from total FHA loans originated in 2012. The year-s top five FHA lenders -- Wells Fargo, Quicken Loans, JPMorgan Chase, Freedom Mortgage and Bank of America -- combined for 21.9 percent, or $46.0 billion, of total originations, down ... [includes one chart]

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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.

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