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Volume 15 - Number 1

December 30, 2014

Changes to GSE Servicing Standards Seen as ‘Promising’

The high cost of servicing delinquent mortgages for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is one of the factors that prompt lenders to implement underwriting overlays, according to Laurie Goodman, director of the Urban Institute’s Housing Finance Policy Center. However, recent changes to the GSEs’ standards for servicing delinquent mortgages along with a potential adjustment to repurchase requirements are promising, she said. “In order to broaden access to credit, servicing issues ...

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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%