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05/15/2019

Rates have dropped. How does that impact mortgage lending?

Is your phone ringing off the hook for mortgage applications and refinances yet? Mortgage lenders have been anticipating an increase in applications because of this juggernaut of a job market, with unemployment rates hovering at historic lows. In March, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the national unemployment rate stayed at a rock-bottom 3.8%….

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05/13/2019

The state of mortgage lending in 2019

We all know that 2018 was a tough year for the mortgage industry, and we should be braced for more of the same in 2019—with a slight increase in purchase volume being offset by a drop in refinance volume. This was the takeaway from Garth Graham’s session at Deluxe Exchange 2019. Garth is Senior Partner…

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04/24/2019

Why banks should institute rate floors if they haven’t already

Ah, the ever-changing economy. One day interest rates are up, the next day they’re down. Not exactly a roller coaster, but it’s at least a merry-go-round. Those rates impact the mortgages banks offer to their customers, adjustable rate mortgages most of all. Customers choose ARMs because they’re betting the rates aren’t going to go up…

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01/30/2019

Should you be doing something with reference rates?

Just a few short years ago, banking experts encouraged community banks to tie variable rate loans to LIBOR. They said the switch would help smaller banks compete with big banks, while reducing their basis risk, operational overhead, and more. Now with LIBOR facing its probable demise in 2021, many of these same experts are encouraging…

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12/20/2018

DX19: Equipping FS marketers to lead the industry

At Deluxe Exchange 2019, held Feb. 4-6 in Miami, you’ll glean wisdom and insights from global visionaries, access targeted sessions that address your most pressing pain points, form significant connections with financial industry peers, and experience new product demos that will impact the way you approach business. At DX19, you’ll spend nearly two full days…

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08/29/2018

Move over LIBOR. SOFR is gaining momentum.

Although the Federal Reserve Bank of New York has been publishing the Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR) since April 3, 2018, SOFR’s popularity seems to be gaining momentum as of late. On August 15, 2018 a headline in Bloomberg read, “New U.S. Overnight Rate Moves Out of LIBOR’s Shadow.” The article outlined major debt issues…

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09/20/2017

Lending in Rising Rate Environment: A Look at HELOCs

Of course, there’s no such thing as free money, but the historically low-interest rates of the past few years have been about as close as most consumers will ever get to the concept. Those low rates meant many consumers decided it was worth a few bucks in closing costs to refinance their higher-rate variable or…

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