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November 26, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Trends

MISMO Issues Latest Residential Reference Model

The Mortgage Industry Standards Maintenance Organization recently released version 3.3.1 of its residential reference model for public comment. This version of the standard includes data points and structures related to a number of recent regulatory and reporting requirements and additions in the areas of mortgage insurance coverage and conditions, title, payoff and property valuation. “Version 3.3.1 of the MISMO Reference Model and Logical Data Dictionary are the direct result of MISMO contributors from across the industry collaborating to solve business problems and develop the standards needed to meet industry needs in today’s rapidly changing regulatory and compliance environment,” said Mike Fratantoni, president of MISMO and chief economist for the Mortgage Bankers Association. In addition to the LDD, XML schema and ...

November 26, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Technology Boosts Homebuyer Confidence, Savvy

A recent independent survey commissioned by Discover Home Loans found that most homebuyers believe online technology improves their search and purchasing ability. According to the results, 89 percent of homebuyers used some form of online technology to help them with the home purchase process. Almost half of all homebuyers, 47 percent, said technology saved them money while 92 percent said it saved them time. Specifically, 83 percent of the group looked at real estate listings or applications like Trulia or Zillow, while 72 percent used online maps or map apps to explore potential neighborhoods. Approximately 55 percent researched a neighborhood using local websites. The majority of respondents, 90 percent, said using technology was a “positive experience.” Two-thirds of this group ...

November 26, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Digital Services Could Increase Share, Boost Profits

Banks are lagging behind consumer expectations when it comes to digital technologies, especially as far as younger, more elusive borrowers are concerned. But for those institutions that get with the program, they can boost their market share and their bottom line, a new study from Cisco Consulting Services suggests. For mortgage lenders, making an obvious move in a digital direction, such as offering a remote “video mortgage,” could increase profits by as much as $134 million for a financial institution with $10 billion in annual revenue, according to the study. There appears to be strong market interest in such services. Fifty-four percent of U.S. respondents surveyed were interested in the mortgage advisor concept, and 42 percent would likely choose a ...

November 25, 2014 - IMFnews

Short Takes: So, Where’s the Housing Bubble? / Altisource Buys / A $1 Billion Quarter for FGMC / Delinquencies at Freddie Continue to Fall

What exactly is Launched in 1996, it’s supposedly the largest directory of homes for sale by owners. In other words, they don’t use traditional Realtors…

November 24, 2014 - IMFnews

CFPB eClosing Program Will be a Plus, Eventually

However, the technology initiative will not be a slam dunk. Real estate laws vary from state to state, which can present a high hurdle for large national lenders to clear.

November 18, 2014 - IMFnews

FHFA: Extensive ‘Testing’ Underway at Common Securitization Platform

In 2015, the team at the GSE common securitization platform will focus on implementation of the remaining software components...

November 14, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Real Estate Agents Gone by 2030, Report Predicts

By 2030, artificial intelligence will have transformed businesses and the work that people do to the extent that certain jobs, such as real estate agents, will become extinct, according to a new report from realty consulting firm CBRE and property developer Genesis. The ideas, trends and behaviors that will shape work and the workplace in 2030 are already noticeable today, said the report. When that time comes, “where we work and live will be diverse and intertwined,” it said. The report was based on interviews with 220 experts, business leaders and young people in Asia, Europe and North America on how these observed trends will impact business and evolve work practices and the workplace. The report predicts that process work, ...

November 12, 2014 - IMFnews

Short Takes: Subprime Vet Jon Daurio Back in Biz? / Don’t Get Drunk on the Lawsky ‘News’ / Can the GOP ‘Fix’ the CFPB? / Nationstar Disappoints Some / Gateway Hires BB&T Mortgage Official

Will former Long Beach Mortgage executive Jon Daurio finally launch a new nonprime venture?

November 12, 2014 - IMFnews

Ocwen Affiliate Altisource Exits Force-Placed; Stock Gets Crushed

As IMFnews went to press, the share price of Altisource was getting slammed, down 20 percent on the day.

November 10, 2014 - IMFnews

MBA: FHFA Should Consider Alternative GSE Credit Score Models

Fannie and Freddie have been exploring the adaptation of alternative credit scores for months, but have yet to take action.

October 31, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Guaranteed Rate Closer to All-Digital Mortgage

Chicago-based Guaranteed Rate claims to have significantly advanced towards the world’s first fully digital mortgage with Transfersafe, its latest cloud-based technology service for homebuyers. “Transfersafe is the next major step in our evolution of the mortgage process,” said Victor Ciardelli, company president and CEO. “We’ve already brought our online loan application to the market, which has funded more than $3 billion in loans to date.” Transfersafe facilitates instant ...

October 24, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

FHA Notifying Lenders of Possible MRB Action

The FHA warned it would soon be sending notices to lenders who are overdue in completing their annual recertification packages, a rule violation that could land them before the Mortgagee Review Board for disciplinary action. Lenders who were unable to submit their recertification packages containing the required financial reports, annual recertification statements and the renewal fee payment will be receiving notices of deficiency from the FHA. FHA extended the filing deadline to June 27, 30 days after the deployment of the new Lender Electronic Assessment Portal (LEAP) system used in the lender recertification process. Traditionally, lenders were required to access both FHA Connection and Lender Assessment Sub-System (LASS) to complete the annual recertification process. LEAP will now enable lenders to complete all ...

October 24, 2014 - IMFnews

What We’re Hearing: More Questions About Wingspan but No Answers / Are Specialty Servicers Toast? / Should Ocwen Move Its India Workers to Upstate New York? / Mortgage Company Owner Wants to Buy Baseball Team

Note to Ocwen management: every US employee is a potential mortgage customer. Think about it.

October 22, 2014 - IMFnews

Short Takes: Who Might Guaranteed Rate Buy? / RPM Eyes Two More Lenders / A Non-QM IPO Already? Really? / Fitch Upgrades Shellpoint on Servicing / New Appraisal Tool From Fannie Mae / More Trouble for Nonbanks and MSRs?

We even heard one report that a non-QM firm is contemplating an initial public offering. It sounds crazy, we know…Meanwhile, it appears the states want a say in MSR transfers...

October 17, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Trends

E-Close Project to Start Shortly

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is poised to formally launch its e-closing pilot project shortly, with an eye towards simplifying the mortgage closing process for both borrowers and lenders and eliminating many of the “pain points” associated with it. “We are looking to kick off the pilot later this year and run it for about three months,” said Brian Webster, program manager for the bureau’s Office of Mortgage Markets, during a meeting of the CFPB’s Community Bank Advisory Council ...

October 17, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

GSE’s Common Securitization Solutions Still Has No CEO

After a year of searching for a chief executive to lead Common Securitization Solutions, the Federal Housing Finance Agency is still looking, but it continues to hire staff. “The search continues,” said a government official close to the matter. “We even have a search firm.”Although the FHFA is keeping a tight lid on information regarding CSS, it’s now common knowledge that the search firm in question is the Washington-based Spencer Stuart, which bills itself as “one of the world’s leading global executive search and leadership consulting firms.”

October 16, 2014 - IMFnews

Short Takes: Short Sellers Target Walter / But Walter Gets a Disclosure Exemption / Will QRM be Aligned with QM? We’ll Know Next Week / NTC Finds Flaws in Servicing Records / DocMagic Makes an Acquisition

More trouble for Walter Investment Management? Meanwhile, according to NTC, as many as 490,000 homeowners could be affected by faulty servicer database records.


What is it going to take to convince lenders to loosen the credit box (i.e., remove underwriting overlays)?

The recent rep and warranty changes announced by the Federal Housing Finance Agency should go a long way in protecting lenders from future buybacks and help expand mortgage credit.


There won’t be any significant elimination of underwriting overlays until the government stops seeking huge mortgage-related penalties and settlements from lenders.


There shouldn’t be any expansion of the mortgage credit box since looser underwriting is what caused the recent mortgage crisis.


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