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Volume 2014 - Number 23

June 12, 2014

Uncertainty Over Investor Criteria, Unintended Consequences Challenge Small Banks Selling QMs

As safe as the qualified mortgage space might appear to be, there have been a number of challenges to address and overcome for smaller institutions originating QM loans intended for sale in the secondary market, according to a representative of one such lender at the American Bankers Association’s 2014 regulatory compliance conference in New Orleans this week. Bruce Schultz, senior vice president and head of secondary mortgage operations for SpiritBank, a family-owned community bank in Tulsa, OK, told attendees he’s heard from several industry peers who have expressed the view that the secondary market ‘would be a slam-dunk’ for his institution under the QM rule because “‘you’ve got automated underwriting.’” Maybe not...

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This weekly covers the secondary mortgage market, including mortgage-backed securities and asset-backed securities.



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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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