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Volume 18 - Number 16

August 8, 2014

Demand, Efficiencies Set to Help Profit Margins

Lender profit margins appear set to stop declining, according to a new survey by Fannie Mae of senior executives at 181 institutions. Industry participants suggest that increased demand from borrowers along with operational efficiencies will help steady profit margins. Doug Duncan, senior vice president and chief economist at Fannie, said the significant decline in volume in recent quarters put pressure on profit margins. “That would be expected to ease somewhat ...

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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.

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