Articles by James Dawkins

[Pulse] What's an underwriter doing at a marketing conference?

Why every single person in the loan transaction should get involved in marketing
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.
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Mortgage applicants may not always be intentionally fraudulent

Lenders should arm themselves to know the difference
[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. 
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Trend spotting: Appraisers take issue with Fannie Mae's Collateral Underwriter

Still several mortgage lender benefits to using this tool
[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.
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Closing condos under litigation: Fannie Mae now gives lenders a way out

Loan Officers: Lend with confidence!
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.
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The struggle in locking condominiums in the mortgage industry

When you have an investment residence condo, it's important to pay close attention before locking the loan
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?
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