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Volume 2014 - Number 17

May 2, 2014

As Loan Volumes Decline, Ginnie Mae Participants May Have Other Concerns on Their Hands as Well

Ginnie Mae issuer applications are beginning to slow thanks to declining FHA and VA production, but lenders that play in the space are beginning to wonder whether they should be paying closer attention to the “compare ratios” that measure delinquencies. According to industry advisors, there are new concerns that the Inspector General of the Department of Housing and Urban Development may be expanding its investigation of firms that have significant claims rates on FHA loans. Four years ago, the HUD IG made a big splash when it issued subpoenas to 15 mortgage lenders with unusually high claim rates. Since that announcement, little information on settlements with the 15 has come...

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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.