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Volume 21 - Number 3

February 10, 2017

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GSE Sellers Edge Toward Higher-Risk Mortgages, Nonbanks More Daring

Mortgage lenders that deliver loans to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgage-backed securities continued to do gradually more business with borrowers with lower credit scores, according to an exclusive new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of MBS data. In 2016, 21.4 percent of purchase mortgages securitized by the two government-sponsored enterprises had credit scores ranging from 620 to 699. That was up from 20.6 percent in 2015 and 20.5 percent ... [Includes two data charts]

Recruiting Seasoned LOs Seen as Key

Lenders looking for originations as interest rates increase will likely have to put an emphasis on purchase mortgages. Seasoned loan originators with a track record of purchase-mortgage volume can help with that strategy, though retaining such LOs can be difficult because they are in demand. Matt Lind, a senior partner at Strategic Mortgage Finance Group, an advisory firm, noted that LOs often switch lenders, lured by incentives and higher compensation. He said nearly 60 percent of ...

Can Walter/Ditech Find a Path Forward?

Walter Investment Management Corp. has yet to release fourth-quarter results, but if its nine-month performance is any indication, it has some major challenges ahead. Through September, the publicly traded nonbank – the nation’s eighth-largest servicer via its Ditech unit – lost $506.9 million, some of it tied to non-cash writedowns on its mortgage servicing rights. But if revenues are any indication of future earnings, investors shouldn’t brace for too much good news in its ...

Benefits for Lenders With Organized Documents

Staying on top of the multitude of documents involved in the process of originating a mortgage can help lenders avoid regulatory issues and increase returns, according to an analysis by Nationwide Title Clearing. The mortgage research and document-processing service provider detailed a number of issues with the so-called trailing-document process in a recent update to a white paper initially published in 2014. NTC said the white paper on document tracking and organization ...

DocuSign Taps G Suite in Broader Digitization Push

Industry technology vendor DocuSign has tapped into some of the technological capabilities of Google – the G Suite collection of electronic tools, in particular – as part of a strategic initiative to digitize the mortgage closing process and sharply reduce the time it takes to close on a loan. “The broader idea for DocuSign – and Google Suite plays into this as well as the things that we’re doing with our ‘lead to close’ strategy – is wanting to take away any of the friction from completing ...

Data: Top Agency Purchase-Mortgage Sellers and Agency Purchase Mortgages by State: 12M2016

A ranking of the top 100 agency purchase-mortgage sellers in 2016 and a ranking of agency purchase mortgages by state.


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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