Rocket Pro TPO gives brokers the upper hand

Mortgage brokers are facing a vastly different landscape than this time last year. In 2020, the refinance boom caused lenders and brokers to go on hiring sprees, and loan originators were putting in substantial hours. Now, as refinance volume slows and we get deeper into homebuying season, purchase originations are dominating brokers’ time, resources and…

Profit margins are just going to get worse, lenders say

Lenders’ profit margin outlook declined in the second quarter of 2021, the third consecutive quarter of pessimism on the profit front, according to Fannie Mae‘s quarterly Mortgage Lender Sentiment Survey. According to the second-quarter survey, 69% of lenders believe profit margins will decrease in the three months ahead compared to 52% in the prior quarter.…

Unwrapping what to expect in your home inspection, appraisal and closing- HousingWire

What’s the difference between a home inspection and an appraisal? Have you budgeted for closing costs? The home-buying journey can seem daunting when questions like these are around each turn. Before you get overwhelmed, take comfort that critical milestones of home inspection, appraisal and closing processes are all great ways to get more acquainted with…

Mortgage lenders loosened credit standards in May

Mortgage credit availability increased by 1.4% in May – a sign that volume-hungry lenders continued to loosen credit standards in a highly competitive market, according to Thursday data from the Mortgage Bankers Association. MBA’s Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI) which uses 100 as a benchmark — increased to 129.9 in May. A decline in the…

How non-QM lenders can be the best partners for brokers

There are a number of challenges affecting the non-QM market, but there are also opportunities. By partnering with a mortgage company that understands how to streamline non-Qm loans, brokers can close loans quickly and effectively. HousingWire recently sat down with John Jeanmonod, Regional Vice President of Sales at Angel Oak, about the company’s non-QM solutions which…

Mortgage rates slip back down to 2.96%

Mortgage rates fell again last week, dropping three basis points to an average of 2.96%, according to Thursday data from Freddie Mac‘s PMMS. Rates have now managed to stay within a five basis point range above or below 3% for nearly two months. Higher mortgage rates historically have signaled a strengthened economy. But this is no ordinary economy:…

Fannie Mae gives go-ahead for digital verification

Fannie Mae has given mortgage servicers the green light to use third-party digital vendors to verify income and asset information. Unsurprisingly, mortgage tech firms are thrilled. In a June 9 note, the government-sponsored entity told mortgage servicers they could implement the changes immediately. Servicers can use a third-party vendor to verify the information that the…

IMBs have a duty to serve lower-income communities

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell recently observed that across all kinds of financial services, activities that had once been principally the province of banks have moved into the nonbank sector, including IMBs. In discussing whether more financial institutions should have a duty to serve the capital and credit needs of lower-income communities — an obligation…