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”
The great—and always quotable—late baseball legend Yogi Berra coined the phrase “it’s like déjà vu—all over again”.
With American housing prices reaching new heights, pricing levels not seen in a decade, housing industry experts are left to wonder if Berra’s axiom is proving to be true yet again.
Continue reading “Déjà Vu? Housing Prices Reach New Heights…Again”
The National Association of Realtors is forecasting another strong demand year in 2017 for purchase transactions. They are also saying that they hope first time home buyers re-enter the market next year as opposed to staying on the home ownership sidelines like they did in 2016. Homeownership is at a 50 year low and the one way to significantly improve that number is to increase first time home buyers. Who are these first time home buyers and what can the industry do to get them into the purchase market?
Continue reading “Mobile Apps Revolutionizing the Mortgage Industry”