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Volume 25 - Number 13

June 23, 2014

Lenders Using Independent Advisors to Ensure QM Conformity

To minimize the risk that their newly minted mortgage loans will fail to comply with the CFPB’s ability-to-pay rules, originators, correspondent lenders and purchasers have begun using independent advisors to perform various quality control functions. Among those functions are ATR/qualified mortgage review, mortgage risk assessment and a mortgage defense package, according to Ron D’Vari, CEO of NewOak, an independent financial services advisory firm in New York City. The ATR/QM review consists of a three-step process (aimed at compliance with ATR/QM requirements) run in conjunction with a credit review or stand-alone, D’Vari said in an online blog post recently. “The first step is diagnostics involving standard due diligence review aimed at identifying deficiencies leading to potential liability for non-compliance with ATR ...

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With originations expected to drop in 2018, will your shop turn to non-QM/non-prime mortgage products as a way to bolster volumes?

Yes, definitely. We’re planning a launch.
No. It’s still difficult compliance/regulatory-wise.
Maybe. It’s under consideration.
Not now. But things could change as 2018 progresses.

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