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Volume 2014 - Number 2

January 16, 2014

Private MIs Scramble to Offer QM-Friendly Products, Tools to Help Lenders Comply With New Requirements

Private mortgage insurers have launched a number of initiatives to help lenders comply with the qualified-mortgage rule that took effect Jan. 10. The rule issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau puts new emphasis on capping debt-to-income ratios at 43 percent – except for agency mortgages – and limiting points and fees to 3 percent. Radian has announced 45-minute webinars discussing how QM impacts mortgage insurance as well as new, lower pricing for borrower-paid MI. The firm’s Loan Amount Estimator enables lenders that are capping their debt-to-income ratios at 43 percent to calculate maximum loan amounts and sale prices based on the MI product selected. In addition, the tool can be used for non-MI loans and is available through the MI’s rate finder application, Radian Rates. United Guaranty’s QMI product allows...

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