Vendor and Mortgage Insurance Company News; The Unemployment Data's Impact on Rates
"On June 27, 2014 the North Carolina Department of Insurance issued a
Final Order ("Order") Approving the Amended and Restated Corrective Plan
("Plan") for Republic Mortgage Insurance Company and its affiliate,
Republic Mortgage Insurance Company of North Carolina (collectively the
"Companies"). The Order is available on the Companies' website at www.rmic.com. In
accordance with the Order, effective with claims settled on or after
July 1, 2014, the Companies will resume payment of all valid claims at
one-hundred percent (100%) of the claim amount without further
deferrals. Furthermore, the Companies will pay, in full, all deferred
payment obligations ("DPOs") which are outstanding as of June 30, 2014.
These payments are expected to be remitted to policyholders no later
than July 31, 2014."
NMIH announced a settlement agreement with Arch U.S. MI and the legacy PMI receiver
for an immaterial amount to be paid by NMIH and its insurance carriers.
Arch will release NMIH and the other Defendants from all alleged claims
in the complaint. The settlement of this litigation was largely
expected by late summer. However, it appears that the settlement amount
will be less than expected.
Radian Group Inc. completed the acquisition of Clayton Holdings LLC. As
previously disclosed, Radian Group paid aggregate cash consideration of
$305 million, subject to customary purchase price adjustments, to
purchase all of the outstanding equity interests in Clayton and to repay
Clayton's outstanding debt. "Today we welcome Clayton Holdings to our
family. The mortgage solutions and capabilities they bring will help
diversify our revenue stream and expand our core competencies,
positioning Radian for new opportunities as the U.S. housing market
evolves," said Radian's Chief Executive Officer S.A. Ibrahim. "The
Clayton acquisition builds on Radian's strong heritage and experience in
delivering innovative products and solutions that allow our customers
to achieve their goals."
Rate Runner Now Calculates State Taxes for Properties in Kentucky.
You'll find the new KY address box on the Rate Runner screen and the new
rate calculation on the Rate Quote PDF.
announced New York has now approved both borrower-paid and lender-paid
single premium rate changes. These changes, which were put in place for
most states last December, will be effective for MI applications
received after June 15, 2014. The credit score classifications for
standard nonrefundable borrower-paid and lender-paid single premiums are
being modified and most rates are being lowered. Below are examples of
the new rates in key cells. Complete rate cards with these lower rates
are available at MGIC Rates
National MI joined forces with XEROX MORTGAGE SERVICES' BLITZDOCS®.
Integration of private mortgage insurer and BlitzDocs simplifies process for lenders using the Xerox collaborative network. National MI
stated joining forces with Xerox allows its lender customers who use
BlitzDocs to transmit their documents easily, another option to offer
customers to transmit loan documents electronically and securely.
has lowered pricing for LPMI single premiums with powerful savings for
credit scores of 720+ effective August 11, 2014. And in many cases,
Radian's pricing is lower than other MI companies! It created a new 760+
credit band and reduced rates for borrowers within certain LTV bands
and credit scores of 760+ and 720-739. Visit Radian website for the
complete information premiums eBulletin 2014-4.
has a new Master Policy coming in October. UG's new master policy is
the only one in the MI industry to include a Policy Commitment
Letter-specific to each lender-that clearly defines each party's roles
and responsibilities, and clearly spells out policies and practices
governing underwriting, claims, and appeals. To view the information,
visit the website Master Policy.
FormFree Holdings Corporation,
an award-winning provider of next-generation verification technology
for the mortgage industry, has appointed John Sheppard president and
COO. Sheppard, who has more than 25 years of senior leadership
experience in the consumer goods and technology industries, will be
responsible for overseeing the growth of the company and AccountChek, FormFree's proprietary flagship product that verifies a borrower's ability to pay back loans.
Phoenix Capital has acquired Steel Mountain Capital Management,
a Denver-based residential loan investment firm that provides
performing, sub- and non-performing mortgage sale solutions, in addition
to whole loan advisory and analytics support.
has acquired the PCLender loan origination system (LOS) and formed a
new company that will focus on providing turn-key mortgage technology
solutions for midsized mortgage bankers.
Did you know that there is an International Association of Outsourcing Professionals? Me neither! Indecomm,
a provider of consulting and outsourcing solutions for mortgage
lending, retail banking, and other industries, "has once again ranked
among the top global outsourcing companies by the IAOP. The company
ranked 54th among the top global 100 companies in the Leaders category
for the 2014 Global Outsourcing 100, according to a release. The honor
marks the seventh straight year that Indecomm has been recognized by IAOP as a global corporate leader." But wait, there's more! Indecomm was also honored among the Best
5 Leaders in Education, the Best 10 Leaders in Corporate Services, and
the Best 10 Leaders in Southeast Asia. The firm also ranked among the
Best 20 Leaders category in Transaction Processing Services and the Best
20 Companies in India.
has launched a "procedures product" line designed to provide clear
step-by-step guidance to a lender's staff about operational aspects of
regulatory-based procedures. Dan Thoms, executive vice president for
AllRegs, suggested that, "These procedure templates help support our
clients in filling gaps in their regulatory compliance infrastructure.
Saying your company will implement a policy isn't enough anymore-you
have to be able to show exactly the steps staff members need to take
when handling operational tasks, our procedure documents fill that
need." Guidance released by the CFPB in December of 2013 specifically
addresses policies and procedures. Beyond ensuring procedure documents
cover the key components of the Dodd-Frank rules, the regulatory agency
suggests having a process in place for keeping documents accurate as
regulations evolve. AllRegs Procedure Templates
are offered with a one-time purchase price per company. The templates
are delivered in MS Word format and can be personalized by the customer
or fully customized by AllRegs to include specific customer
requirements. Maintenance plans are available to keep documents up to
date with legislative and regulatory changes.
A La Mode Software
for real estate professionals offered up TOTAL to enhance and simplify
document data entry. For example, a common request for appraisers was to
overflow field data in the same order as the major form. One of TOTAL's
key addenda features is that it overflows data from the major form to
the addenda in the order the fields appear on the form, as opposed to
simply the order that the appraiser filled them out. This setting is on
by default, so you don't have to do anything to get it working. If
you're still using WinTOTAL Aurora and haven't installed TOTAL yet, it's
a free upgrade as long as you have any contract with us. Don't have
TOTAL yet? Visit the website to view all the tools offered: a la mode.
is a fast-growing provider of industry specific applications that help
firms transform how they view planning and budgeting and make it a
constant and relevant part of their businesses. Alright has announced
Alight Mortgage Lending - a new SaaS application that helps mortgage
lending firms achieve top financial performance. To learn about Alight
Planning, visit the website at: Alight Planning.
unveiled new services that included adding the patent-pending real-time
lock monitoring functionality, incorporating the "Equivalent Rate"
feature, to their Optimal Blue Advantage real-time Fair Lending solution. When
applied to a mortgage lender's locked pipeline, the Equivalent Rate
calculations immediately highlight any loans that may not have been
priced equally. "Our clients can greatly reduce the chance for rate
disparity and pricing discrimination," said Tammy Butler, Director, Fair
Lending and Compliance. "They need this now more than ever!"
was selected by Freddie Mac as Technology Provider for Appraisal Data
Validation in Uniform Collateral Data Portal. By providing appraisal
data validation services, Clear Capital will offer Freddie Mac
additional insight to appraisal quality and accuracy. "What can Clear Capital offer your company? Clear Capital's ClearQC examines Appraisals and BPO's from any valuation provider identifying risky or erroneous reports. ClearQC's
user-friendly interface and seamless integration key benefits include:
elimination of secondary reviews or use of third party data sources,
customize to meet your specific business requirements with dynamic rule
sets, identifies red flags, functions as an internal audit tool and so
announced that its Spectrum Verification Services Platform (powered by
data from The Work Number, a solution offered through Workforce
Solutions, Equifax and the largest collection of payroll records
contributed directly from employers) completed
more than nine million employment and income verifications in 2013,
representing nearly one-third of the mortgage industry's total
verifications for the year.
"In today's real estate market, instant and increased transparency into
a borrower's accurate income levels and employment status is a critical
requirement. For lenders, these verifications have historically been
manual, time-consuming processes that require confirmations from a wide
range of sources. The Spectrum Platform streamlines the loan origination
process by providing lenders with a fully automated verification
solution that reduces fraud, improves overall loan quality and cycle
times, avoids capacity issues and reduces costs."
markets.... Let's face it - rates have not done much since late January.
During that time the 10-yr. seems "content" sitting between 2.45% and
2.80%, and we closed Wednesday smack dab in the middle of that (2.63%).
We did have a surprisingly strong ADP number (+281k), and mortgages did
better than Treasury prices. In fact, I didn't see many price changes
from investors, and for the most part mortgage rates and prices have
continually been up a little, down a little.
today, ahead of an early close in the bond market and the holiday
tomorrow, we've had a spate of employment data. Non-farm payrolls were
expected at +220k and the unemployment rate was expected steady at 6.3%,
but were +288k and 6.1%, with some improved back-month revisions, while
average hourly earnings were +.2% (+2% from a year ago). Soon after the news rates are higher with the 10-yr touching 2.69% and agency MBS prices worse by .250-.375. Jobs and housing, housing and jobs - and this jobs number improvement is going to be hard to fight.
weekend, between the BBQ and waiting for fireworks, or dodging
hurricanes, don't make the mistake of playing the parlor game of making a
list of last names that are the same as occupations. Surnames that match jobs, just in the English language, total more than 600.
If a man was a carpenter he might be called John Carpenter and because
sons very often followed their father's occupation the surname stuck.
Some occupational surnames are obvious, like Smith, Potter, Shoemaker,
Cooper, Mason, Tailor or Taylor, Weaver, Miller, Baker, Cook, Fisher,
Shepherd, Carter, A fowler caught birds. A waterman rowed a boat or a
barge. Some are a little less obvious. A sawyer was a man who sawed
logs. A turner was a man who turned wood on a lathe and made things like
wooden bowls. A roper made ropes. A shoesmith made horse shoes. A
Mercer was a dealer in fine cloth. A chapman and a hawker sold goods at
markets. People who sold goods of a certain kind were also called
mongers. An inman was an inn keeper. Baxter is an old English word for a
(usually female) baker. Brewer and Brewster both, obviously come from
brewing. Like I said, there are hundreds; thousands if you throw in