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  • The 4 Main Factors Affecting Home Prices

    Jul 9, 2018, by Brian Arnesen
    Across the United States, housing prices have surpassed their peak reached just before the 2008 financial crisis. Many people take those numbers at face value and shout “Bubble!” However, there are a number of factors explaining why the current market is far from a bubble, and why there is plenty of room for it to grow.

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    5 Common Mortgage Fraud Schemes and How to Prevent Them

    Jul 3, 2018, by Brian Arnesen
    Rising interest rates, record-high home prices, and tighter markets mean applying for a mortgage may be more expensive and more difficult than in the past few years. Not only will borrowers need more income to buy higher priced houses, but lenders will need to find strategic ways to originate loans, while still making a profit.

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    What You Need to Know About REMAs

    Jun 5, 2018, by Brian Arnesen
    Fair Lending continues to be a primary focus for regulators. They want to ensure that lenders are providing equal access to credit regardless of race, ethnicity or any other prohibited characteristic. Examiners will often analyze a lender’s HMDA data to determine if there are any gaps in its lending among different demographic areas. Lending performance is often compared to peers in the market in order to assess credit needs and performance context for examiners.

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  • Dodd-Frank Regulatory Relief and Its Effect on Your HMDA Operations

    May 23, 2018, by Brian Arnesen
    On March 22, 2018, the House of Representatives passed Senate Bill S.2155 commonly referred to as Dodd-Frank Regulatory Relief. While there are many areas of the bill that provide all financial institutions a reason to rejoice, we want to recap what this bill specifically means for HMDA purposes and our customers.

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  • Analysis of the 2017 HMDA Data

    May 15, 2018, by Brian Arnesen
    According to the 2017 HMDA data, the number of reporting institutions declined by 13% from 2016 to 5,852. Part of the reason less institutions reported HMDA data was the increase of the reporting threshold made to Regulation C. In 2017, there were 12.1 million home loan applications, which resulted in 7.3 million loan originations, and 2.1 million in purchased loans.

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  • A Look at the Loan Origination Process

    Apr 30, 2018, by Brian Arnesen
    While regulations often have good intentions for consumers, they have noticeably begun to hamstring financial institutions and create complexity for buyers. For example: “In 2006, the average loan file had 302 pages. Now, the average mortgage file is 806 pages,” according to the mortgagereports.com. This is just a small indicator of how regulations have impacted loan origination. Let’s take a look at the origination process and see why it costs so much to originate a loan.

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  • What a True Digital Mortgage Will Look like in the Future

    Apr 30, 2018, by Brian Arnesen
    Over the last decade, we’ve seen a tectonic shift in the mortgage industry as we transition to all things digital. A decade ago, the idea of getting a mortgage without stepping into a bank or credit union seemed absurd! Slowly but surely, more and more steps in the mortgage process have become digitalized, as email communication and secure document transfer become more widely accepted and trustworthy.

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  • 12 Ways the Dodd-Frank Reform Bill May Affect Your Institution

    Mar 30, 2018, by Brian Arnesen
    On Wednesday, March 15th, the Senate passed the Dodd-Frank Reform Bill. While the bill must still be passed by the House and signed by the president, it is expected to pass.It's important to note that the bill may change as it goes through the House. The biggest takeaway from the bill is that institutions will still be required to report HMDA and CRA data to regulators.

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  • Should You Be Worried About Rising Debt-To-Income Ratios for Mortgages?

    Mar 29, 2018, by Tim Simpson
    Debt-to-income (DTI) ratios have long been used in the lending industry to determine a borrower’s ability to repay. In an analysis of 100 recent loans that have PMI, QuestSoft Verifications found that 41% of them had DTIs over 45%, and an incredible 11% had DTIs over 49%. This highlights a massive number of borrowers who are strapped for cash & “house heavy.”

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  • 4 Lessons Learned From 2017 HMDA Submissions

    Mar 29, 2018, by Brian Arnesen
    Every year, thousands of institutions submit their HMDA data to the CFPB. While many errors can be fixed by scrubbing your data on a regularly basis, there are always a few surprises during submission time. With a new CFPB HMDA submission platform, 2017 submissions were challenging. In fact, QuestSoft facilitated 70% more HMDA submissions this year.

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