There is no denying that technology is the future, and that algorithms are changing the face of a number of different professions. But a recent trend in the real estate market has some appraisers on edge. The profession is already losing people, with only 78,000 licensed US appraisers in business in 2017 compared to the 120,000 who were available in 2012. Continue reading “Make Way for Appraisal Technology in the Mortgage Industry”
Despite a booming economy, strong consumer confidence and record-breaking stock market, America’s lending community finds itself confronting a wide range of real—and potential—challenges.
The issues facing lenders nationwide present an environment that requires nimble business skills and the ability to adopt to an ever-evolving marketplace.
Near the top of the list of challenges confronting lenders is—not surprisingly—a wide array of both state and local regulations, and the related expenses of ensuring compliance with all of them. Time and again, industry experts point to what they believe to be ‘over-regulation’ as a significant contributing factor to the expense of servicing a home loan. Continue reading “Challenging Times For America’s Lending Community”
While it may not be the ‘headline-grabber’ that the Administration’s (for now, failed) healthcare overhaul has been, waiting in the wings for the spotlight remains the President’s long-standing promise of overhauling 2010’s Dodd-Frank financial legislation.
Throughout last year’s campaign, and on into this past spring, President Trump promised that an overhaul of the controversial legislation was on the horizon; in the spring, the President described the changes as “a very major haircut”. In late April, the President went even further, suggesting to a gathering of CEOs that a full repeal of Dodd-Frank remained a possibility. Continue reading “The Uncertain Future of Dodd Frank”
In a year in which it often feels as though the only ‘constant’ is change, you can add millions of the nation’s credit reports to the list of items undergoing transformation in 2017.
While the majority of Americans won’t be affected by these changes, it has been estimated by FICO that between 6-7% of individuals with current credit scores will see their credit reports altered as a result of the removal of tax liens and civil judgments from their reports. Continue reading “Not Just The Times—But The Credit Reports—Keep A-Changing”
There are several ‘realities’ posing challenges to the future of the nation’s mortgage industry, but perhaps no challenge is more daunting than the need to recruit a younger generation of lenders.
As America’s population ages—and millions of ‘Baby Boomers’ enter their retirement years—there is a rapidly growing need for the nation’s mortgage sector to recruit young men and women to replace those completing their careers.
The reality that is confronting the lending sector is simple: for the industry to survive the 21st Century, it will have to recruit a new generation of loan officers. And with Baby Boomers retiring en masse, and ‘Generation X’ not far behind them, all eyes are fixing on the younger generation labeled “Millennials”. Continue reading “Recruiting The Mortgage Industry’s Next Generation”
An increase in the number of mortgage applications means that the housing crisis that played such a major role as both a cause—and effect—of the Great Recession continues to fade into the nation’s rearview mirror.
Even rising interest rates have not, as yet, kept many potential homebuyers from considering a home purchase; as an example, mortgage applications increased almost 1.5 percent in the final week in June. Continue reading “Rising Number of Mortgage Applications Signals Housing Recovery”
As any member of America’s lending community knows all too well, achieving—and maintaining—success in 2017’s volatile financial environment is shaping up to be quite a challenge.
From a multitude of promised regulatory revisions to rising interest rates, the lending industry is facing a number of critically important issues, all of which have the potential to dramatically impact lenders’ bottom lines. Continue reading “An Expert’s View Of The Lending Industry Circa 2017”
Continuing an investigation that began more than two years ago, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is investigating Zillow Group’s compliance with the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA).
Under the rules of RESPA, lenders, mortgage brokers and servicers of home loans are required to provide borrowers with all relevant and timely disclosures regarding the cost and procedures of the real estate settlement process. In addition, RESPA prohibits such practices as ‘kickbacks’ and restricts the use of escrow accounts. Continue reading “Zillow Investigation Raises Questions For Lenders”
It’s shaping up to be a better year than expected for the credit reports of hundreds of thousands of American consumers.
A recently completed study of millions of credit files by credit score giant FICO found that forthcoming policy changes by the nation’s three credit bureaus—Experian, TransUnion and Equifax—will result in increased credit scores for a large swath of American consumers. While the FICO study found that the majority of consumers likely won’t see any noticeable change in their credit scores resulting from revised credit reports, it also reported that hundreds of thousands of consumers could experience an even larger-than-initially expected bump in their credit scores—as much as 40-60 points, or more. Continue reading “The Evolving World of Consumer Credit Reports”
By: Steve Greenfield
The loan origination process involves numerous parties, including the Appraisal Management Company (AMC)–a vendor that plays a vital role in the lending process.
Whether your organization is a bank, non-bank, credit union or other type of financial institution, chances are if you are lending on collateral, you’ll be engaging an AMC to obtain a valuation of the property in order to close on the transaction—and therefore oversight of your AMC is critically important. Continue reading “AMCs: Vital Players In The Lending Process”
Over the last few years, Wells Fargo has faced some very difficult challenges—primarily of its own making; most prominently, Wells former CEO resigned after the company was accused by regulators of establishing over 3 million accounts for customers without their consent. Continue reading “Philadelphia vs Wells Fargo: Allegations of Discriminatory Lending Practices”
From music to movies, from books to retailing, technology has revolutionized the way commerce is conducted in the new millennium.
Little wonder then that technology is also having a dramatic impact on the way the mortgage industry conducts business; and in recent years, perhaps one of the most significant changes to the mortgage sector has been the introduction of the “digital mortgage”.
Continue reading “Digital and Rocket Mortgages Take Off In 2017”
As anyone participating in the housing industry knows, there’s an inherent list of challenges that stand in the way of achieving success in the real estate market.
However, in recent years, yet another challenge has been added to the list of ‘speed bumps’ on the road to success in the housing sector: a shortage of skilled appraisers.
Continue reading “Shortage of Appraisers Adds To Housing Challenges”
It was not that many years ago when the overriding question pertaining to US home valuations was most often ‘how low would they go?’
During, and immediately after the Great Recession, millions of American homeowners found themselves helplessly watching as the value of their homes—in many cases, their greatest family asset—endured a seemingly endless decline in value.
Continue reading “Evaluating Valuations: The Growing Gap Between Homeowners & Appraisers”
One of the most basic tenets of a capitalist system is that of supply and demand; if supplies are limited and demand remains strong, it’s almost a certainty that the cost of that product will inevitably rise.
Continue reading “Supply & Demand: Home Sales Up As Available Supply Declines”
“Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable.”—Mark Twain
As anyone who has visited a national landmark knows, the view from outside the structure is almost always considerably different—and often less complex—than the one found inside.
Continue reading “Yellen & Low Rates—Both Back In Fashion”
While it may not be “the best of times and the worst of times” for America’s housing sector, there is definitely a mixed bag of news when it comes to US home foreclosures in the spring of 2017.
Continue reading “US Foreclosures: A Tale Of Two Trends”
Since the end of the Great Recession, America’s lenders have confronted a vastly different financial landscape.
From a multitude of new regulations, greater government oversight, and shifting public attitudes towards both saving and spending, in recent years perhaps the only ‘constant’ for America’s lenders has been ongoing change.
Continue reading “In New Era, Lenders Increasingly Turn To Technology”
For many Americans, their credit reports are not unlike their insurance policies—they don’t give them much thought, until the day arrives when the quality of their credit report directly affects them.
Still, whether or not it is given much thought, an individual’s credit history is often of enormous importance—and a significant determinant as to whether someone is granted a loan, or even considered to be ‘reliable’ as a potential employee.
Continue reading “Changes Are Coming To Americans’ Credit Reports”
Only a few years ago, during the peak of the Great Recession, the US housing sector was “down for the count”, and the sale of any home—new or existing—was a most welcome event for anyone involved in the housing industry.
However, with the housing sector in full recovery in a wide array of markets nationwide, these days an increasing amount of attention is being placed on what can be done to bridge the gap between the number of home re-sales versus the sales of newly built homes.
Continue reading “Obstacles and Opportunities To Increasing New Home Sales”