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Volume 25 - Number 2

January 20, 2014

Bank of the West Swims Against QM Tide to Offer IO Mortgages

While most mortgage lenders continue to insist they won’t originate new loans that fall outside the CFPB’s “qualified mortgage” parameters, one notable exception is San Francisco-based Bank of the West, which recently announced it will continue to offer interest-only mortgages, despite the fact such loans do not qualify for QM status. “We extensively reviewed the CFPB’s rules and found them broadly consistent with how Bank of the West has always done business,” said Paul Wible, senior executive vice president and head of the bank’s...

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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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