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Volume 25 - Number 2

January 20, 2014

New Servicing Rules Will Squeeze Smaller RMBS Servicers, Fitch Says

Smaller residential mortgage servicers are going to be challenged by the increased costs of new servicing requirements from the CFPB as they seek to opportunistically grow through strategic acquisitions, according to analysts at Fitch Ratings. “Many U.S. residential mortgage servicers have been working diligently to meet the new servicing requirements,” the Fitch crew said in a recent analysis. “Many large servicers have already made significant progress towards meeting the Jan. 10, 2014, deadline, in particular those servicers...

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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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