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Breaking Down Your Debt-to-Income Ratio

Posted by Matt Holmes

Jan 4, 2021 9:02:00 AM

In addition to your credit score, your debt-to-income ratio is a key metric to monitor when calculating your financial wellness. Measuring your debt-to-income can be one of the first steps in determining whether you’re comfortable with your current debt, as well as the extent to which you’re prepared to take on new debt.

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Topics: Mortgage, Credit Score, finances, Mortgage Lending

5 Home Office Tips for Loan Originators

Posted by Matt Holmes

Apr 13, 2020 9:02:00 AM

Of course, during times like these, working from home is a luxury that can keep you safe. But if it comes at the expense of your productivity, it could be more of a burden than you think. Here are 5 tips that can keep loan originators safe at home, but also productive at their jobs.

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Topics: Mortgage loan, Mortgage, Mortgage Lending

4 Ways Lenders Can Navigate the COVID-19 Crisis

Posted by Matt Holmes

Mar 23, 2020 9:02:00 AM

The COVID-19 virus is now impacting all ways of life here in the U.S., and chances are your mortgage lending team is experiencing some of the shockwaves. Just last week, the fed slashed interest rates, resulting in an unprecedented spike in refinances. This, combined with staffing concerns and other factors, are creating unusual circumstances for lenders. Here’s 4 ways your team can navigate the crisis, without losing the patience or trust of your borrowers.

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Topics: Mortgage, AVM's, Appraisal, VOA

3 Customer Retention Tactics for Mortgage Lenders

Posted by Matt Holmes

Feb 10, 2020 9:02:00 AM

You’ve probably heard the expression, ‘It costs around 5 times as much to acquire a new customer than to retain a current one.’ And it’s true, especially in the mortgage lending business. According to the National Association of Realtors, the average 2018 seller was in their home for 9 years. With that said, you can expect more than 10% of your clientele to be underway on their search for a new home.

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Topics: Mortgage, Mortgage Lending, Customer Retention

What Football Teaches us about Mortgage Credit Reporting

Posted by Matt Holmes

Jan 27, 2020 9:02:00 AM

It’s January, and that means a lot of us just simply have football on our brains. Whether it’s researching French onion dip recipes for the big game or placing bets on the final score, we’re hyped for the game. And to some of us, if we thought about mortgages like we thought about football, we’d be a lot better at our jobs. That got us thinking.

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Topics: credit reports, Mortgage, Credit Score, Mortgage Lending, Credit Report

Stop Setting Vague Goals: SMART Goals for Loan Originators

Posted by Matt Holmes

Jan 13, 2020 8:31:00 AM

Well, we made it. A new year. A new decade. The 2010’s are behind us and 2020’s are upon us (sounds weird, doesn’t it?). If your mortgage lending team struggled to hit their numbers in 2019, there’s so many paths you can take to turn it around. But they all start with a clear set of goals. And what makes a great goal? Well we’re glad you asked.

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Topics: Mortgage loan, Mortgage, lending solutions, Mortgage lenders

Why Mortgage Triggering Is Still Happening to Borrowers

Posted by Susan McCullah

Jun 4, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Mortgage triggering is the process that some lenders use to gain customers.

If you are a mortgage lender and haven’t experienced it yet, lucky you.

Basically, lenders purchase these ‘trigger leads’ from the bureaus or other companies.

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Topics: Mortgage, Mortgage triggering, mortgage lending services

Six Scary Mistakes Turn an Approved Mortgage into a Denied Mortgage

Posted by Susan McCullah

Oct 13, 2016 9:15:00 AM


Are you dreaming of dressing your new home with spiderwebs, jack-o-lanterns, and scary Halloween music while you pass out candy to hungry zombies and beautiful princesses? Then be sure to avoid these mistakes during the home buying process.

Once you find the perfect home, secure financing, and sign the contract, you may think it's a done deal. Be careful, though. There are several mistakes you may make during the mortgage process that will drive your interest rate higher, or derail your closing completely. 

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Topics: credit reports, Data Facts, Mortgage loan, Mortgage

Quick Facts for Mortgage Professionals: Flood Certifications

Posted by Susan McCullah

Mar 29, 2016 9:08:08 AM

Flood certifications are an essential part of the mortgage process, but how much do most mortgage professionals really know about them? Here are some quick pointers from our flood certifications' vendor, ServiceLink. 

#1: What is a Flood Zone Determination, and why is this service needed?

A Flood Zone Determination (FZD) is an assessment of a property’s risk for flooding as determined by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). FZDs are made by locating properties in question on Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) or Flood Hazard Boundary Maps (FHBMs) published by FEMA and

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Topics: Mortgage loan, Mortgage, Mortgage Lending, flood certifications

A Better Mousetrap? Ten Crucial Points about Mortgage Trended Data

Posted by Susan McCullah

Mar 7, 2016 1:00:00 PM

Being able to predict whether or not a consumer will pay his or her mortgage loan on time and in full is the concept behind credit scoring. The Fannie Mae announcement about trended data being added to mortgage credit reports for the underwriting process is causing a shift in the entire industry.

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Topics: Mortgage, Credit Score, FICO, mortgage trended data, trended credit data

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