Ever see the movie “Cocoon”? Is there an X-rated version? Seven of the 10 fastest-growing metro areas over the past year are in Florida. The Census Bureau tells us there was population growth for about two-thirds of U.S. metro areas during this time, but The Villages, Florida, had the greatest percent increase at 7.5 percent. (Yes, as in the “STD Capital of America” Villages!) The metro area of Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina-North Carolina came in second and saw population climb by 5.0 percent. The metro area of Dallas experienced the largest numerical population increase, seeing its population climb by 170,396 or by 2.2 percent from July 1, 2021, to July 1, 2022. The metro area of Houma, Louisiana, had the greatest percent decline over this time range, and two other metro areas in Louisiana were among the 10 fastest-shrinking metros. (Today’s podcast can be found here and this week’s is sponsored by Richey May, a recognized leader in providing specialized advisory, audit, tax, technology and other services to the mortgage industry for almost four decades. To experience how Richey May can help you transform your mortgage business, visit richeymay.com. Hear an interview with NAR’s Jessica Lautz on the latest inflation figures and the Fed’s calculus moving forward.)

TPO Channel Products

Now is the time to become an approved Newrez Correspondent partner. A partnership with Newrez Correspondent provides access to an extensive product menu, delegated/non-delegated underwriting, multiple delivery methods, and professional experience needed to ensure success in an ever-changing market. With exciting enhancements such as the recently added Bulk AOT and soon to be released Appraisal Alternatives, there is no better time than now to become a Newrez Partner. Every week new lenders are joining the Newrez family of nearly 1000 approved correspondent clients, and are enjoying the many benefits of partnering with a top Correspondent Investor when efficiency, cost reduction, and profitability are critical. Newrez Correspondent understands the importance of personalized service and strives to exceed our client’s expectations at every turn. Contact us today to schedule a meeting at the Western Secondary Conference August 21st to 23rd for an in-person discussion on how a Newrez Correspondent Partnership can optimize your business.

Planet Home Lending’s Correspondent division is built on an unwavering commitment to Correspondent lending and the belief that strong partnerships are the cornerstone of success. Our continually refined product lineup ensures you have the right products to build volume in any market cycle. Go beyond government and conventional loans and move into profitable niche products, like renovation, manufactured homes, and buydowns. Get in touch with Planet’s SVP Correspondent Sales Jim Loving (414-270-0027) to learn more or click here to download the latest version of our Product Highlights flyer, then put Planet to work for you!

STRATMOR and Customer Service

Lenders have struggled for years trying to build customer-centric cultures. According to data from STRATMOR Group’s MortgageCX program (more than one million borrower surveys and counting), the number one frustration in the pursuit of Customer Experience (CX) excellence is the transition from collecting customer feedback to creating internal behavioral change. In his July Customer Experience Tip, MortgageCX Director Mike Seminari shares four motivational strategies for lenders that can help drive the change needed. For inspiration on motivation, read, “Motivate Your Mortgage Team to CX Excellence.”

Credit Products and News

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Lenders are keenly aware of the 3 Ds of lending: divorce, death, and da money. This is an answer to the 5 Cs of lending, and credit is very important to lenders. Evaluating a borrower’s credit is always important, especially with the ATR (ability to repay) requirements. Anyone who is thinking we’re heading for foreclosures shooting higher had better take a look at the equity that current homeowners have, and the credit quality of the current crop of borrowers.

Huh? Now SoFi will “underwrite” your loan for you?

VantageScore Solutions was launched in 2006 and is owned by America's three national credit reporting companies (CRCs) – Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion.

Lenders are still talking about Equifax’s shift last year where it eliminated order options in October, resulting in the need for double orders, and then raising prices on Jan 1st for those double orders. So most will say that competition is good, and the Transunion Truework news last month on income and employment verification is being watched to see how it plays out.

I bring all of this up because yesterday Experian® announced consumers can now choose to share information directly from their employers’ payroll service through Experian Verify™ when applying for credit, including mortgages, auto loans and personal loans. “The enhancement introduces Experian’s automated income and employment verification waterfall and helps lenders easily leverage both instant and permissioned technology with consumer consent to verify income and employment for over 85% of the U.S. workforce… A multi-step approach is needed to help reduce dependencies on complex and costly manual verification processes. Lenders who use a multi-step approach can keep consumers engaged while verifying income and employment information faster and more efficiently.”

Training and Events Next Week

Keep a finger on the pulse of borrower demand and incentive with Black Knight’s complimentary Mortgage Monitor webinar, which provides insights into the mortgage market you can't get anywhere else. Our experts analyze the most current information from Black Knight's vast mortgage, housing, and property data assets to deliver a clear view of the market. We also include the latest rate lock data, so we’re able to dig deep into origination trends and provide information that can help you market and allocate resources more effectively. Register now.

Do you have questions about CDFIs? Are you wondering how CDFI’s QM exception and FHLB access work? Falcon Capital Advisors is hosting a webinar with its CDFI experts to share an overview of these primarily non-bank entities and how recent changes in CDFI rules could advantage lenders who are seeking to serve minority borrowers, deeper credit FHA borrowers, participate in state HFA programs and lower their own costs of capital for all of those loans. Register for the webinar on 7/27/2023 at 2pm EST using this link. For more information on Falcon’s CDFI advisory services drop an email.

On Thursday, July 27th at 2pm ET Tabrasa's Bill Bodnar will be hosting a webinar entitled "Reading the Markets - The Back Nine". With half the year (or round) over, join Bill for a fast-paced presentation on what Mortgage Market Guide is seeing in the back half of 2023 for the economy, Fed, rates, housing and more.

In Hawai’i, join MBAH for an exciting event on July 26th, 8:30 - 10:30am at Dave & Buster's Honolulu, Pa'ina Hale, 2nd Floor. Bring together the top real estate experts to share best practices for today's market.

PRMG's non-QM Investor Solution product which provides an option for Debt Service Coverage Ratio (DSCR) and No Ratio qualifying on investment properties, Wednesday, July 26.

Angel Oak Mortgage Solutions Part 2 of 2, A Non-QM Webinar on Bank Statement Loans, is all about Angel Oak Mortgage Solutions innovative Bank Statement Program aimed specifically for self-employed borrowers. This webinar on Wednesday, July 26th, 1:00 PM EST | 10:00 AM PST, will take a deep dive into program details, highlight how they determine income and discuss how to market to these borrowers.

Addressing Appraisal Bias and Explore potential solutions to mitigate appraisal bias. California MBA’s Mortgage Quality and Compliance Committee new webinar on July 27th at 11 AM PST. Join and discuss appraisal bias and investigate potential solutions to combat it.

There are many unique characteristics and benefits of the reverse mortgage program that are often misunderstood by potential senior prospects. Join Plaza Home Mortgage® for a free webinar, Thursday, July 27 | 11:00 AM PT / 2:00 PM ET, designed to help you “organize” loan benefits, risks, and loan figures in a way that will help borrowers better understand how a reverse mortgage loan works, and what it means for the future equity and ownership of the borrower’s home.

The 2023 CMLA Convention is back in Vail on August 2-4 at The Hythe. Register today and join us for compelling speaker sessions, ample networking opportunities, and the annual golf tournament. Please find this year's agenda below - it has been reimagined to provide increased value for our attendees and sponsors, as well as a better event flow. Come and celebrate CMLA and the mortgage industry's resilience.

FAMP! Florida Association of Mortgage Professionals 2023 Annual Convention & Trade show, “A Grand Affair”, is August 2-5, 2023, at Signia by Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek. For Over 60 years, this is the annual event that attracts Florida’s top mortgage professionals, and this year is no different. Exhibitors from all over the country will be exhibiting current mortgage products and industry tools for all originators. Do not miss this opportunity to network with mortgage brokers and lenders from across Florida and the United States.

MBA Education is bringing the best-in-class training to Seattle, WA., August 8-11. Begin advancing your career by enrolling in the School of Mortgage Banking I: An Introduction to the Real Estate Finance Industry provides a foundation in residential loan production, underwriting, secondary marketing, regulatory compliance, warehousing and servicing.

In Michigan, the MMLA Annual Lending Conference is 8/9-8/11 is in Mt. Pleasant. “Our event brings attendees from all of the state and country to hear our nationally renowned speakers give expert advice on how you can grow your business even in these challenging times!

“What do David Stevens, CMB, Mitch Kider, and Rob Chrisman all have in common? They'll be at NAMMBA CONNECT 23, September 14 - 16 at the JW Marriott Bonnet Creek in Orlando, FL as the opening session. NAMMBA CONNECT 23 is the largest conference in the mortgage and real estate industry focused on connecting lenders to the multicultural marketplace. This year has been a tough year for our industry. That's why we are providing 100 complimentary conference registrations in addition to the first night's room stay for any Sales, Operations, Marketing or HR Executive who would like to attend the conference. This is our way of giving back to the industry. This offer is on a first come, first serve basis. To reserve your space click here. To see the agenda click here.

Capital Markets

Of course, anyone can sue anyone, right? But capital markets folks took note of this article on how Go Mortgage is suing its former capital markets director for corporate sabotage!

But back to rates! With signs that central banks around the globe are making progress in their fight against inflation, global bond yields have fallen as of late, and Treasury yields across the curve rallied once again yesterday on the heels of the UK CPI cooling more than expected. That move was also aided by the release of a below-consensus Housing Starts report for June that fell 8 percent on both a month-over-month and year-over-year basis (actual 1.434 million, expected 1.475 million, prior 1.559 million). Building Permits were not much better (actual 1.440 million, expected 1.472 million, prior 1.496 million). The drop was broad-based, with both single-family and multi-family production pulling back during the month. This month's numbers showed a striking shift away from multi-family towards single-family.

The lack of housing inventory continues to help the homebuilder community despite higher mortgage rates. Signs continue to point to a clearing of previous backlogs caused by material and labor shortages, and demand remains sufficient given the ongoing lack of existing homes available for sale. Accordingly, builders are cutting back on sales incentives with just 22 percent reporting that they cut pricing in July, down from 25 percent in June and 27 percent in May. The number of multi-family units under construction is at record levels, while single family units under construction are in the middle of its historical range.

Today’s economic calendar is under way with weekly jobless claims (228k, lower than expected; 1.754 million continuing claims) and Philadelphia Fed manufacturing (-13.5, little changed from last month’s -13.7). Later: leading indicators and existing home sales, both for June, and month-end supply consisting of 2-, 5- and 7-year notes and $24 billion 2-year FRNs, a Treasury auction of $17 billion 10-year TIPS, and Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Markets Survey. We begin the day with Agency MBS prices worse .125-.250, the 10-year yielding 3.79 after closing yesterday at 3.74 percent, and the 2-year is 4.84: the 2-10 yield curve inversion is as steep as ever.

Employment and Transitions

Foundation Mortgage Corporation, a Full-service wholesale Lender based in Miami Beach, FL, is one of the fastest growing NonQM Lenders in the industry. Foundation is currently accepting applications for experienced, NonQM Account Executives to join our team. (AZ, CA, TX, CO, WA, FL). We are also proud to announce the addition of Ann DiCola, Senior Account Executive. Ann is an industry veteran joining Foundation after 12 years with Axos Bank. Reach out to Dean Ayres, Senior Vice President- Sales to learn more about how Foundation Mortgage can help you build your NonQM business.”

Are you interested in changing our industry for the better? Do you have what it takes to join the top-rated client service team in mortgage technology? Apply to become MCT’s Senior Capital Markets Technology Advisor. While many technology providers are cutting staff and reducing service levels, MCT is continuing to invest in making sure clients succeed. Led by Paul Yarbrough since its formation in 2019, MCT’s Client Success Group (CSG) has revolutionized the client experience by providing fast and effective onboarding, intimate support levels, and deep subject-matter expertise. Through a combination of firsthand capital markets experience, active listening to client feedback, and direct engagement in the technology development process, the CSG is finding new efficiencies and improving execution for mortgage lenders. If you have the drive and experience to match this team at the senior level, apply to join MCT in pushing the secondary market forward.

California’s Summit Funding, Inc., a privately held nationwide mortgage banker and servicer, announced it has expanded its East Coast footprint by hiring three divisional leaders based in North Carolina: Deran Pennington, Chris Shelton, and Matt Schoolfield. They bring more than half a century of experience recruiting and building highly successful mortgage sales teams.