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Volume 2014 - Number 12

March 27, 2014

Industry Experts Spell Out How to Get the Most Mileage From Your Mortgage Servicing Rights

Lenders are discovering hidden gold in their mortgage servicing rights these days. But even with the run-up in values, many lenders are choosing to keep their servicing, some because it maintains relationships with customers who have additional valuable banking needs, and others to avoid the regulatory headaches associated with servicing transfers. Some lenders are taking a middle path, selling the asset but continuing to work the loans as subservicer. During a webinar sponsored by Inside Mortgage Finance this week, Mark Garland, president of MountainView Servicing in Denver, noted that there are far more sellers today than even one year ago. In the first three months of 2014, 36 deals went to auction with $98 billion in unpaid principal balance. That compares with the 13 deals ($146 billion) auctioned during the same period last year, although $100 billion of that was in one deal. “Despite strong demand and pricing levels, sellers are vetting...

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