The Financial CHOICE Act that recently passed the House Financial Services Committee provides regulatory relief for independent mortgage bankers. But one additional provision is needed to ensure that small IMBs are treated the same as banks are under the bill. Why can’t independent mortgage bankers have the same exemptions as other banks?
Despite losses throughout the second half of the year due to increased TRID regulations, the Mortgage Bankers Association reports an increase in profits for 2015. The stronger start at the beginning of the year helped keep profits up from 2014 and offset the impacts of TRID.
Freddie Mac announced a partnership with The Mortgage Collaborative, an independent mortgage lending network of small, mid-sized and community-based lenders, that will help the group’s members build better businesses and compete more effectively in today's dynamic mortgage market.
After barely surviving the subprime crisis and housing collapse, and then enduring the agony of burdensome regulatory changes and the advent of a new mortgage watchdog, mortgage originators finally, FINALLY, have some good news to spread.
According to a chart by the Mortgage Bankers Association, in the first quarter of 2015, total quarterly production expenses averaged $7,195 per loan, 311 basis points, among independent mortgage bankers and bank subsidiaries.
Independent mortgage banks recorded a net gain of $1,447 on each loan they originated in the first quarter of 2015, which is double the previous quarter. However, it wasn’t the only variable to increase. Expenses are starting to rise, too.
A few high-profile nonbanks in the mortgage space have been making unfortunate headlines in the last couple of months, and some are worried that it may make borrowers gun shy about independent mortgage bankers and nonbank firms — but they shouldn't be.
About a week before the November 2016 election, the U.S. Treasury market started to move lower. The cause of this increase in yield on the benchmark 10-year bond was not fear of an interest rate hike by the Federal Open Market Committee or the specter of higher inflation. No, the outlier event that shook the financial world out of years of torpor was a commercial real estate developer named Donald John Trump.
Fannie Mae’s National Housing Survey found that 37% of senior homeowners felt concern for their finances during retirement, yet only 6% of seniors are interested in utilizing home equity as a financial solution. With $6.2 trillion in home equity to bolster retirement income, why aren’t more senior homeowners taking advantage of products like reverse mortgages?
The time has come for internal workflows to be reimagined or all we’ll end up with is a shiny new chassis with a traditional, manual, cobbled-together process under the hood. I’m talking about the elements that make or break a mortgage transaction, such as valuations, investor requirements and reviews, compliance, surprises at the closing table, paper-based payment systems, onboarding, and the list goes on and on.