Changes to the Qualified Mortgage Rule Are Coming; Be Prepared With origination volumes skyrocketing due to historically low interest rates, it would be an understatement to say lenders have been preoccupied in 2020. However, as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau considers changes to the qualified mortgage rule, lenders must shift a portion of their focus to ensure they understand the proposed changes and are prepared to comply once the rule becomes final. The CFPB's proposals would eliminate the much-reviled Appendix Q and clarify several factors currently used to assess a borrower's ability to repay — including the consumer's current or reasonably expected income or assets and current debt obligations, alimony, and child support— and offer a path for loans to achieve safe harbor status over time. As with any regulatory change, the proposals offer cause for celebration and concern. For example, many lenders will applaud the elimination of Appendix Q, which is
Banks today are under significant pressure due to declining mortgage origination volume, historically high costs, increasing competition from FinTech entrants, and consumers demanding a more user-friendly, digital experience. New and emerging technologies are transforming the financial services industry, and banks are turning to tech to meet customer expectations, reduce cost, and drive growth. The right technology can enhance borrower experience, deliver perfected data, and provide a detailed audit trail for a compliant lending journey. But, adopt the wrong technology solution or implement it incorrectly, and banks risk automating repeatable defects, which can be costly and time consuming to correct. At last week’s American Bankers Association Regulatory Compliance Conference, Dan Smith, SVP of Government Relations at ComplianceEase, and Colgate Selden, Head of Regulation and Compliance at Promontory MortgagePath sat down with Michael Kolbrener to discuss what bankers should be thinking about to ensure they’re employing the right lending tech to remain
Even in the best of times, mortgages can be challenging for community lenders. Fannie Mae reduced its 2019 volume estimate, and the 2020 outlook isn’t much better. Average origination costs have hit a new high – $10,200 according to research by the Mortgage Bankers Association and Stratmor – squeezing margins even more. Factor in increased competition – and the added tech investment – from money-center banks and fintechs, and it’s safe to say we’re confronting some stiff headwinds. Recently, three mid-size banks examined their situations and concluded exiting the mortgage business was their best option . As one CEO summed it up: "We have been in the mortgage banking business for many years and have weathered unfavorable mortgage banking environments in the past. Unfortunately, the current poor operating environment is coupled with fundamental changes in the mortgage banking industry, such as more burdensome regulations, required investment in expensive technology, fierce competition,
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BY PAUL C. KATZ Digital Transformation: The State of Play for Community Bankers Digital transformation was on the program – and on the minds of the attendees – at the American Bankers Association Conference for Community Bankers in San Diego this week. I moderated a panel featuring Bryan Luke, President and Chief Operating Officer of Hawaii National Bank, and two of my colleagues, Ken Janik and Colgate Selden. We spoke directly with conference attendees about the relationship community banks have with digital lending. Our panel – Digital Lending: Risks and Opportunities – explored the economic, technological and social forces driving digital transformation efforts. We examined different tech-implementation strategies bankers are considering and conducted real-time audience polls, providing timely insight into bankers’ thoughts on digital lending. Here are some of the highlights from Tuesday’s session. We set the stage by sharing some provocative predictions from leading industry consultants and
By Colgate Selden The Evolving Role of the Chief Compliance Officer in Selecting Tech and Tech Vendors The digital mortgage promise is compelling: new technology and better workflow meeting consumer, lender, servicer, investor and regulator needs and requirements — all built for compliance and protecting participants from unnecessary risk. If executed properly, the transition from analog to digital drives value all along the mortgage continuum: improving customer experience and education, expanding capacity, reducing cost, minimizing fraud and shortening marketing-to-application approval cycle timing. Regulators have thrown support behind this evolution. Digitally-repeatable processes can help eliminate manual errors and provide auditable, transparent workflows, making compliance elements more transparent and easier to examine. But digital success is not guaranteed: Get it wrong, and you’ve built a platform capable of automating repeatable defects, compliance errors and disclosure violations that could be viewed as fraud, unfair, deceptive, or abusive. Compliance and
In the immediate mortgage-crisis aftermath, most consumers believed getting a mortgage was hard. And it was. But something changed. The past four years spawned multi-billion-dollar ad campaigns from mega lenders reassuring consumers that getting a mortgage is simple now - thanks to technology. (Spoiler alert: it’s not.) The perception may have changed, but mortgages aren’t “easy,” and the true transformation from an analog to a digital mortgage process is still in its infancy. When we ask clients what they’re looking for from their technology solutions, most, but not all, lead with, “We want to do things like we always have, only faster, cheaper and in a less-cumbersome way.” So why is this taking so long? Compliance, until relatively recently, was an all-consuming, moving target diverting attention and resources away from innovation. The boom-and-bust mentality of the mortgage business — “We’re too busy doing refis to upgrade our systems; refis have