James Dawkins is an underwriter at Cardinal Financial Company. He has an innate curiosity and desire for increasing knowledge of mortgage underwriting, operations, compliance, and technology. Dawkins has a personal passion for the industry and continues to develop himself as a professional. He enjoys sharing and learning from others. He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his wife, Elizabeth. They have two children, Carter and Cate.
That's the question I was asked at least five times while attending HousingWire's engage.marketing conference in Charlotte, North Carolina, last week. My response: Yes, why not? Marketing applies to the entire mortgage loan origination process, and underwriting is a large piece of customer satisfaction. Here's why I think marketing is the subject matter of every mortgage employee of today and the future.
[Op-ed] Information is shared rapidly but information is only information. It does not mean it is accurate information. Investigation is usually warranted. Communication is key. Speak to colleagues, managers, borrowers, title, and ask questions about anything that doesn't make sense.
[Op-ed] Is it fair to have 10 different appraiser's reports on a property and then for the lender to use that knowledge against an individual appraiser and question their ability to provide an accurate report? Appraisers seem to think it is unfair or perhaps altogether irrelevant. As an underwriter, here's one trend I'm seeing.
Fannie Mae finally updated their litigation requirements on condominium projects! The guidelines now allow the lender more flexibility to determine, with confidence, whether litigation is minor or major, what is considered minor, and provide a way for lenders to warrant the project despite the litigation. Here's how.
Your loan application has been processed and the loan is ready for clear to close but then an underwriter points out that everything is clear except the condominium project. There is a high delinquency rate, specifically, 26% of the total unit owners in the project are 60 days or more late paying their HOA dues! What do you do next?
For anyone actively working in the mortgage industry, it’s no secret that reverse mortgages have taken a brutal hit in the last two years. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development issued major program changes at the end of 2017 that effectively limited the amount of proceeds and the number of people who could qualify for the loan. The result had lenders across the space enduring sizable volume drops and subsequent gashes to their bottom lines.