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Volume 25 - Number 7

March 31, 2014

Worth Noting/Tech Update/Looking Ahead

Moody’s Asks for Public Input on QM-Related Ratings Criteria. Moody’s Investors Service last week put out a request for comments regarding its proposed rating standards for loans originated in the era of the qualified mortgage. The proposed criteria include standards and treatment for various loan types similar to the criteria issued by Fitch Ratings the week before. (See the March 17, 2014, issue of Inside the CFPB for details). Moody’s indicated it will devote extra scrutiny to lenders that have a significant use of “bona fide discount points” to bring points and fees on a mortgage into compliance with QM requirements. The points and fees on a QM cannot exceed 3.0 percent of the loan amount.

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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.