Sep. 26: LO, MI jobs; data mining, digital lending, real estate database, servicing products; conventional conforming program shifts
As if lenders and vendors don’t have enough other stuff to worry about, the budgetary standoff in the U.S. doesn’t look like it will abate soon, raising the likelihood of the first government shutdown since 2019. Current funding for federal operations will end on October 1 unless a deal is reached or the proverbial can kicked down the road. Thousands of federal workers might be furloughed without pay. Sure it will be temporary, and its wider impact will likely be limited, but still even talking about it is lousy. According to Morgan Stanley, the last 20 government shutdowns that occurred since 1976 “appear to have had limited impact on the economy.” As for bond prices, a shutdown may cause some “temporary instability”, but this is not a given. There is talk of a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) providing funding until later this year, but federal agencies, including HUD and Treasury, will cease to function normally. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) authorities also expire on October 1st. The Mortgage Bankers Association created a guide outlining how HUD (including FHA and Ginnie Mae), VA, and USDA would be directly affected by the furlough of government employees and the curtailment of agency operations. (Today’s podcast can be found here and this week’s is sponsored by Built. Built is powering smarter and faster money movement for the entire construction and real estate ecosystem, all while reducing risk. Hear an interview with Servbank’s Bryan Crofford on how companies can best invest in employees, promoting longevity and success.)
Employment & transitions
“At Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation, customer service is a way of life. #FairwayNation mortgage loan officers are dedicated to finding great rates and loan options for our customers while offering some of the fastest turn times in the industry. Our goal is to act as a trusted mortgage advisor, providing highly personalized service and helping you through every step of the loan process, from application to closing and beyond.”
Logan Finance Corporation, a national Non-QM mortgage lender, is excited to welcome Aaron Samples to Logan’s Executive Leadership Team as Chief Revenue Officer. To learn more about why Aaron joined one of the fastest Non-QM lenders in the nation, contact Randy Viars.
The FHA has a job opening for a Senior Underwriter: Job Announcement Number 23-HUD-2915-P. Job duties include assisting the Branch Chief in monitoring the status of goal accomplishment. Advise the Chief of potential problems in attainment of goals and objectives. Research required underwriting procedures and techniques. Serve as an expert-level resource within his/her Office on matters relating to Underwriting and other Direct Endorsement issues.
Don’t forget that private mortgage insurance companies are hiring: MGIC, National MI, Arch MI, Radian, Essent, and Enact (in no particular order). And while’s we’re at it, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. And my cat Myrtle’s friend the CFPB.
Dovenmuehle Mortgage, Inc. announced that Robert Howerton has joined the organization as Chief Information Officer where he will be maintaining and expanding Dovenmuehle’s current information technology (IT) infrastructure.
Lender and broker software, programs, and services
Life can change on a dime, and sometimes even the most prepared borrowers end up facing financial hardships they never would have imagined. Forward-thinking credit unions are preparing today, so they can be there for their members when they need help the most. It’s why Mission Federal Credit Union implemented the MSP® loan servicing system, to not only improve their own efficiencies, but better serve their members who are facing financial difficulty. Are you ready to join Mission Federal Credit Union by enhancing your technology to be there for homeowners in life’s most challenging moments? Learn more about MSP today.
One thing that you can always count on in the mortgage space, is that regulatory requirements are always changing. This is why it’s critical for Banks or Mortgage Servicers to stay vigilant with comprehensive Compliance Testing and Monitoring to mitigate exposure and minimize risk. At the MBA Annual in Philadelphia, PA, Servbank’s Shayna Arrington will be helping us all do exactly that. Watch her moderate the panel, “Today’s Top Regulatory Issues” on Tuesday, October 17 at 1:30 PM, on 200 Level, Exhibit Hall E. Want to dive deeper into how Servbank can partner with you? Servbank will have a meeting space at the W Philadelphia on 10/16 and 10/17. Schedule some time to meet with them here: firstname.lastname@example.org or learn more at www.servbank.com.
One-Time Close (OTC) Volume Soars to record highs at AFR Wholesale® (AFR)! While housing inventory is still at an all-time low, OTC loans have witnessed an unprecedented surge in volume! In August, AFR closed more One-Time Close loans in one month than at any other time in their long history of offering the product. Homebuyers are increasingly drawn to the convenience and cost-saving benefits of OTC loans, as they streamline the construction process, reduce paperwork, and offer more favorable terms. This surge in OTC loans at AFR is not just a testament to its effectiveness but also an indicator of the outstanding clients and partners of AFR. Breaking news: As a thank you to their clients, AFR has also brought back FHA OTC on site-built homes!! This long-awaited product is back for partners of AFR to utilize now. Partner Today or contact AFR, email or call 1-800-375-6071.
One of the biggest questions for LOs in a down market is “How do I find more agent partners?” The answer is MMI. To find the right agent partners, you need the right data. MMI has assembled the industry’s most comprehensive real estate and mortgage transaction database which is leveraged by thousands of mortgage professionals daily. Using MMI’s database, LOs can easily search & filter, find an agent and at the click of a button, push the info to a CRM like Bonzo. Sign up for a demo today to see why a majority of the top 25 lenders rely on MMI.
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The transformation from paper to digital processes offers substantial benefits, including cost reduction and improved borrower experiences. Most lenders are in a hybrid phase, blending paper and digital processes. To navigate this ongoing change and ongoing innovations in the digital lending space, lenders should consider embracing five best practices: create a successful strategy, prioritize borrower experience, ensure compliance, harness technology, and stay adaptable in the evolving digital landscape. Tackle the future of lending by staying informed and proactive. For deeper insights into this digital lending revolution and actionable steps, read the full article.
“Heading to Vegas? The Total Expert team is in full force at the Digital Mortgage conference in Las Vegas! There are three ways to interact with us. The first is to stop by booth #501 to get your Customer Intelligence ROI report and learn how you could increase funded loan volume by 20 percent. You can watch a LIVE demo of Total Expert on Tuesday 9/26. Lastly, catch our Founder & CEO Joe Welu for a panel discussion: The Customer Data Goldmine Goes Way Beyond Credit Triggers on Wednesday 9/27.Schedule time to meet with the Total Expert team in Vegas.”
The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) released its second quarter 2023 Foreclosure Prevention and Refinance Report. The report shows that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) completed 47,370 foreclosure prevention actions during the quarter, raising the total number of homeowners who have been helped to 6,818,471 since the start of conservatorships in September 2008. View the News Release
FHFA-OIG released two reports: Within the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), the Division of Federal Home Loan Bank Regulation (DBR) is responsible for supervising the Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLBank) System to ensure the safe and sound operation of the FHLBanks. In response to market disruptions, DBR adapted the scope of its Federal Home Loan Bank Supervisory Activities in 2023.
Regulated entities have not been immune to the trends affecting the labor market over the past few years. Some of the regulated entities experienced higher attrition in 2021 and 2022, consistent with trends in the broader labor market, but one Enterprise reported that its turnover rate started declining in 2022. Read the full report, People Risk at FHFA’s Regulated Entities.
Freddie Mac will update Loan Product Advisor® (LPASM) in October to support multiple recent Single-Family Seller/Servicer Guide announcements, plus more enhancements, described in Freddie Mac October LPA Releases.
Freddie Mac Loan Selling Advisor September Updates includes the following information: Uniform Loan Delivery Dataset (ULDD) Phase 4a Updates and Phase 5 Specification, Auto Evaluate on Import Loan, New Loan Delivery Rules Supporting the Duty to Serve Credit Fee Cap, Initial Principal and Interest Payment Amount Conditionality update, Auto Re-evaluate: Improvements to Modify and Evaluate, and Enhancements to Mandatory Cash Contracting.
Leverage Fannie Mae’s new edition of Beyond the Guide to help your organization build a best-in-class quality control (QC) program. Specific examples and scenarios provided can help teams understand and apply Selling Guide concepts in a way that is most impactful to their organization. A robust QC program helps strengthen loan quality ensuring a safe, sound, and resilient mortgage industry.
Fannie Mae Appraiser Update September 2023 edition focuses on dual themes of delivering high quality appraisals and understanding recent policy changes. Topics include updates to the Appraiser Independence Requirements (AIR), new options for 1004D completion, our stance on 3D printed homes, and more.
Chris Whalen writes, “Our short take on the future of the GSEs (Government Sponsored Enterprises) looks a lot like the character played by Bruce Willis in the 1995 Terry Gilliam film, ‘Twelve Monkeys.’ Imagine if the GSEs were released from conservatorship, but then were immediately designated as a ‘systemically important financial institution’ (SIFI) by the FSOC. How do you think that would work for private investors? What would happen to the guarantee fees?”
Pennymac Conventional LLPAs updates effective for Best Efforts Commitments: Pennymac Announcement 23-58 replacement of ‘Purchase Special’ LLPA Grid with new ‘Area Median Income Adjustments’ LLPA Grid. Pennymac Announcement 23-59 introduces new ‘Investment Property’ LLPA to the ‘LLPAs by Product Feature for All Eligible Loans’ LLPA Grid. Pennymac Announcement 23-60 updates values for the ‘2nd Home Additional’ LLPA on the ‘LLPAs by Product Feature for All Eligible Loans’ LLPA Grid.
Pennymac is aligning with the FHFA based updated project review and eligibility requirements announced in Fannie Mae SEL 2023-06 and Freddie Mac Bulletin 2023-15, with the exception of any reference to co-op projects. View Announcement 23-61: GSE Updated Condo Project Review Requirements
Citizens Correspondent National Bulletin 2023-16 provides updates on the following topics: Conventional Conforming Products, Review requirements for condominium eligibility – DU and LPA, Gifts and Gifts of Equity – DU, 3D printed homes, Trust Income – DU, USDA-RD Product, Fiscal Year 2024 Conditional Commitment Notice, All Products, Disaster Tax Filing Relief.
PHH Mortgage Corporation updated Conforming Product listings for both Delegated and Non-Delegated loans.
Citi Correspondent Lending Bulletin 2023-08 provides Credit policy updates regarding Non-Agency Depreciating Markets list updated, Condo & Co-Op Critical Repairs, Shared Equity and Shared Appreciation, LPA Asset, and Income Modeler (AIM), Continuity of Obligation: Limited Cash-Out, Hazard Insurance Update: Effective Date, and Taxpayer First Act.
On September 6, 2023, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced Selling Guide policy changes addressing multiple topics in Fannie Mae SEL-2023-08 and Freddie Mac Bulletin 2023-18.
AmeriHome Mortgage accepts all revisions, view Product Announcement 20230910-CL for details.
Capital markets: rates temporarily treading water
Ahead of today’s $48 billion 2-year Treasury auction, headlines to open the week revolved around increases in oil prices that’s evidence of inflation’s stickiness, Chinese developer Evergrande calling off talks with creditors as it appears headed for bankruptcy, and reaction to hawkish Fed remarks which is forcing yet another reprice from markets. There is growing sentiment that central banks across the globe aren’t done hiking rates, and Treasury yields trended higher to open the week as a result. With the calendar turning to fall, the economy is facing a few headwinds such as the run up in oil prices, student loan payment resumption, an expanding auto workers strike, and a partial shutdown of the U.S. government.
Every lender knows that mortgage rates remain above 7 percent, and housing data released over the last week highlighted another decline in builder sentiment. Housing starts fell 11.3 percent to a 1.25-million-unit pace in August. Existing home sales were down 0.7 percent in August as low inventory, high prices, and high mortgage rates continue to weigh on sales. Hoping for lower interest rates? A recession would likely mean lower interest rates, but workers with stable jobs (most individuals) would want to take advantage of low interest rates, causing home prices to rise faster. Initial jobless claims fell to 201k for the week ending September 16, which was the lowest weekly reading since January. The JOLTS report indicated that the demand for new workers is moderating somewhat however, significant layoffs are not on the horizon.
Today’s calendar includes the Philadelphia Fed non-manufacturing surveys for September, Redbook same store sales, July house price indexes from S&P Case-Shiller and FHFA, September consumer confidence, August new home sales, Richmond Fed manufacturing for September, Dallas Fed Texas services for September, the aforementioned Treasury auction of $48 billion 2-year notes, and remarks from Fed Governor Bowman. We begin Tuesday with Agency MBS prices a few ticks (32nds) better and the 10-year yielding 4.50 after closing yesterday at 4.54 percent. The 2-year is up at 5.12.
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