June 1: Marketing job; webinars & training, construction tracking, MERS certification, 100% financing, HELOC products; jumbo, DSCR program news

The United States has about 336 million people. Did you know that 1/3 of them live within a 500-mile radius of Nashville? This is a cool site for anyone putting together a sales presentation for a real estate agent or a borrower. Speaking of geography, Wyoming has 23 counties, not 58 as the Commentary mentioned yesterday, further proof that this is, and always will be, produced by human hands! (Thank you to everyone who corrected me on that.) While we’re on selling, from a sales perspective, some LOs advocate adding value by subtracting complexity for clients. They are asking themselves, “How do I add value? How am I any different?” They are looking at their sales pitch, comparing bringing up pain (minimizing pain through minimizing paperwork) versus bringing up pleasure (“You’ll save time by working with me.”) And most are doing what they say they’re going to do: If you tell a potential client you’re going to call in two days, call in two days. Simple. Now go get ‘em! (Today’s podcast can be found here and this week’s is sponsored by Lenders One, one of the largest mortgage co-ops in the country with a diverse mix of 250+ member companies and providers of an end-to-end solution independent mortgage professionals trust to drive profitability and growth. Listen to an interview with Lenders One’s Justin Demola on the member benefits of joining a national alliance of independent mortgage banks, banks, and credit unions.)

Employment & partners wanted for expansion

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Button Finance, an industry-leading Home Equity mortgage lender, is seeking a dynamic and experienced Marketing Specialist to build out our correspondent lending program. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in creating innovative marketing strategies and a deep understanding of the mortgage industry. You’ll lead campaigns, drive customer acquisition, and enhance our brand visibility. Join a growing company that is constantly delivering top-quality customer service with HELOCs/HELOANs closing in under 12 days and 24-hour review times. Strong skills in digital marketing, data analysis, and exceptional communication are required. Join our team and contribute to shaping the future of mortgage lending. Please send resumes to Rose King.”

Hey, did you hear that Planet is acquiring right-sized, financially solid distributed retail companies to expand its geographic footprint? This month’s acquisition of Platinum Home Mortgage Corporation brought 20+ branches and 100+ Professionals to Planet. After three decades together, Platinum’s producers were confident in their choice to join Planet because of its financial stability, competitive pricing, and strong leadership. Planet has solidified its position as a leading mortgage industry player by gaining the #9 spot on Inside Mortgage Finance’s overall lender leaderboard and the #4 spot among government loan producers. With the additional volume from Platinum’s power players, Planet expects to continue gaining market share (especially for government, where it’s at 5.2 percent now). To find out how you can profit from working with people who think bigger, work smarter, and perform better, contact Planet’s VP, Talent Acquisition Peter Briggs (435-709-6278).

Lender and broker products, software, and services

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Ever feel like you can’t keep up with the latest tech trends? Having trouble separating hype from reality? Black Knight’s Dana Federspiel, SVP of servicing technologies and product innovation, knows these struggles and is helping lenders, servicers and mortgage industry professionals navigate the future. Dana is participating in a panel discussion during the USFNdustry Forum in Charlotte, North Carolina on the emerging trends in technology to help make more sound business decisions to support your business. Special focus will be given to artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotic process automation and more. Panelists will also evaluate options within the cloud computing universe that are becoming increasingly prevalent and affordable. If you need help cutting through buzz words to identify what really matters so you can remain successful both today and in the future, contact Black Knight.

As lenders adapt to volatile mortgage rates, many are stopping to reconsider their servicing strategy. Do inconsistent mortgage origination volumes have you questioning what makes more sense: retaining servicing or selling servicing released? Seth Sprague, CMB, Richey May’s Director of Mortgage Banking Consulting Services (aka, resident servicing expert), outlines the 13 key trends and strategies in servicing including recommendations on how to make the right decisions for your business. Want more help defining the optimal strategy? You know where to find us.

Thinking about boosting volume with construction loans? Think outsourcing. Homebuilder confidence is slowly improving, with sales of newly built single-family homes rising 4.1 percent in April, according to the NAHB’s latest numbers. If that’s piquing your interest in launching a construction loan program or scaling your existing offerings, CFSI Loan Management can provide the foundation you need to excel. “We’ve seen it time and time again,” says CFSI CEO Brian Mingham. “Outsourcing the trickiest aspects of construction lending, like budgeting, inspections, funding draws and disbursements, can reduce costs and unleash new business opportunities.” Imagine having all the complexities seamlessly handled by a team of seasoned experts, so you close more deals. CFSI has helped hundreds of lenders do exactly that for the past 10 years. To find out how they can help you, contact Brian Mingham (855-344-3052).

We know the current market can be stressful. But fortunately, there’s a bright side: home equity. These products have been around for decades but in recent years have taken a back seat to cash-out refinances. Now this is changing as borrowers with historically low first mortgage rates and generationally high levels of tappable equity rediscover HELOCs and home equity loans. Leverage this historic opportunity with FirstClose Equity, the rapid end-to-end digital technology that processes HELOCs and home equity loans in days instead of weeks. FirstClose Equity is designed to enable lenders to dramatically elevate the experience they deliver to existing or potential customers while providing a streamlined workflow for processors. Learn more.

Looking for 100 percent financing with competitive pricing? All roads lead to ESSEX CORRESPONDENT and our Down Payment Assistance (DPA) product. Become a fully delegated and underwrite/fund your own 100 percent LTV purchase product. FHA 1st 96.5 percent LTV with two 3.5 percent 2nd mortgage options; 0 percent Forgivable or a 10 year Fully Amortized. No DTI limit, AUS approval required. FICOS as low as 600. One set of guidelines is available in 47 states. No first-time home buyer requirement. No 3rd party underwrite allows you to close as quickly as your team can originate. Email Kim Schenck or contact your Account Executive today and get signed up!”

While the mortgage industry is flooded with rules, there is no rule prohibiting you from celebrating National Donut Day a day earlier! Plus, we Donut want you to miss an opportunity for a free Krispy Cream. Among other things we don’t want you to miss, MERS season is officially here, and early-bird pricing is available now! If your organization had more than 1,000 MINs [on the MERS® System] on March 31st, you must have the annual review completed by an “authorized MERS third-party reviewer. Donut fret, MQMR aced the MERS certification with flying colors! Donut miss this opportunity to save, pricing will increase through the end of the year. Donut wait until the last minute, as your annual audit report may be submitted anytime between now and December 31, 2023. Schedule a call to discuss your MERS Annual Audit requirement and lock-in the sweetest deal of the season!

Sponsored webinars and training

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Join MCT today, June 1st at 10am PT, for its webinar discussing Strategies to Improve Profitability in the Current Market. In this webinar, MCT’s Phil Rasori and Paul Yarbrough will provide a current market overview and include actionable insights to improve profitability for lenders. Attendees will receive key hedging, trading, best execution, and MSR recommendations, as well as how to leverage technology to improve profitability and efficiency. MCT also recently released a new whitepaper on Mortgage Pipeline Hedging 101. The whitepaper reviews information on moving to mandatory, the strategy of hedging, the benefits of hedging, and how to determine if you are ready. Read the whitepaper to learn how you can use hedging as a tactic to mitigate risk and optimize profitability when selling mortgage loans.

Lenders that support down payment assistance (DPA) are in high demand as a multitude of market conditions put a strain on affordability. To help more lenders win business by supporting consumers with DPA, the Mortgage Bankers Association is hosting the webinar Profit & Succeed with DPA on June 8 at 2 pm EDT. Best practice approaches to DPA lending will be shared by panelists Mark Hasson of Lennar Mortgage, Kate McDougall of Lake Michigan Credit Union and Down Payment Resource’s Veronica Khandelwal and Sean Moss. Registration is FREE for MBA members! Register now to turn up the heat with DPA programs this summer.

Investors & lenders jumbo, non-QM, and DSCR news

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Newfi Wholesale’s newly expanded Non-QM product suite offers 90 percent LTV up to $1.5M, loan amounts up to $4M, 2-1 buydowns, DSCR (no minimum ratio) 1-8 units, and alt-doc solutions that make sense for your borrowers. (For more information contact SVP, Non-QM Development & Strategy Dan Bayer or 925-584-0579.)

Effective 5/15/2023, updates to Kind Lending’s Choice Jumbo Program are now live. See UW guide for full program requirements located in Kwikie. Additionally, based on FHFA’s announcement that it would rescind controversial loan-level pricing adjustments (LLPAs) for conventional borrowers with debt-to-income (DTI) levels at or above 40 percent, as of May 14th,

Kind Lending will no longer be charging for a DTI >=40 percent on any FNMA or FHLMC loans. If you have an affected loan that is in process now, Kind Lending will automatically remove this price adjustment and will send out a new lock confirmation.

United Wholesale Mortgage (UWM) is rolling out a suite of six fixed-rate jumbo products. “Brokers now have access to more competitive jumbo pricing, along with transparent investor guidelines and loan qualifications, giving them a leg up on big banks and retail lenders. This will give loan officers the flexibility to tailor a fixed jumbo loan to each borrower’s situation, helping them get into their homes faster, cheaper, and easier.”

As a leader in Non-QM lending, Carrington Correspondent is working hard to deliver top-notch products to trusted partners. Nearly 2 dozen changes took effect on March 23, 2023, which hopefully will have a positive impact on your business and borrowers. Highlights include reduced FICO at which cash-out may be considered for reserves from 700 to 620 for all Non-QM loans. Investor Advantage (DSCR) changes include Resales within 6 months ok, Cash-out FICO requirement down from 640 to 620 and updated “1st-time investor” definition to no investment ownership within 36 months (was 12) – LTV benefit. Prime Advantage (FICO 660+)

Now permits primary residences of 3-4 units (was 1-2).

Carrington Prime Advantage for borrowers who just miss qualifying for traditional or jumbo financing. Carrington Flexible Advantage Plus for borrowers who have recently re-established credit scores above 620. Carrington Flexible Advantage for borrowers with recent credit events and FICO down to 550. Carrington Investor Advantage for seasoned property investors with no income documentation.

Did you know there is no State Licensing Required in 20 States & DC? These states consider DSCR loans as commercial loans, so they are generally not subject to licensing requirements.

Carrington Mortgage Services Investor Advantage (DSCR) loan may be the answer for your borrowers.

Champions Funding recently announced an expanded business loan product to increase your offerings to real estate investors. Champs Accelerator Expanded (DSCR < .75) / No Ratio, part of its robust suite of DSCR loan options to fit your borrowers’ needs. Champs accepts transferred appraisals on DSCR and can get your loans closed quickly.

Looking for more options for your borrowers? American Heritage Lending offers CondoTels & Non-Warrantable Condos programs.

Angel Oak Mortgage Solution’s Investor Cash Flow mortgage (DSCR Loan) program now allows you to offer your clients financing for condotels.  In addition to this new program enhancement, Angel Oak has implemented rate reductions across all loan programs. If you haven’t ran a loan scenario recently, today is the day to Get Started!

Angel Oak Mortgage Solutions shared great news regarding lending services, now offering its DSCR loans to non-permanent residents. Angel Oak believes in the importance of helping everyone achieve their dreams of homeownership, regardless of residency status. If you have clients who are non-permanent residents seeking financing options, Angel Oak Mortgage Solutions would be honored to assist.

Capital markets

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What will we talk about without the periodic debt ceiling negotiations to consume the press? There’s always the Fed. The Federal Reserve’s Beige Book for May described overall economic activity as little changed in April and early May with four Districts reporting small increases and two reporting slight-to-moderate declines. Consumer expenditures remained resilient while manufacturing activity was flat or up in most Districts. Residential real estate activity improved, and employment increased in most Districts, while prices rose at a slowing pace.

For LOs watching prequals stack up on desks across the country, we had a second consecutive bond price rally (rates down) yesterday due to both a sense that the House of Representatives would pass the debt limit bill and dovish Fed speak. Expectations for a June rate hike flipped from over 70 percent to below 30 percent after Fed Governor Jefferson said that a potential decision to hold the fed funds rate range steady at the June meeting should not be viewed as a signal that the hiking cycle is over. Philadelphia Fed President Harker said that he supports holding steady in June, but also acknowledged that more tightening could be done at subsequent meetings.

Today’s economic calendar includes a series of labor market indicators ahead of tomorrow’s payrolls report. First up were job cuts from Challenger, Gray & Christmas for May: U.S.-based employers announced 80,089 cuts in May, a 20 percent increase from the 66,995 cuts announced one month prior, 287 percent higher than the 20,712 cuts announced in the same month in 2022. Next was ADP employment for May (278k, a huge jump). Weekly jobless claims were 232k with the back month revised higher, while Q1 productivity and unit labor costs were -2.1 percent and 4.2 percent, respectively. Later today brings S&P Global manufacturing PMI and ISM manufacturing PMI for May, April construction spending, Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Markets Survey, and remarks from Philadelphia Fed President Harker. We begin the day with Agency MBS prices roughly unchanged from Wednesday’s close, the 10-year yielding 3.62 after closing yesterday at 3.64 percent, and the 2-year stubbornly high at 4.40 after the spate of jobs news.

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