My point is having a system doesn't equate to careful consideration of borrower's credit. If having a system is sufficient, Fannie Mae won't be exposed to $7billion loss of their own. I never worked with the system, but I doubt it can gather info like current salary, number of years on the job, lots of those info are entered by the applicants and verified by the broker. If those info are not verified, the system is useless.Originally posted by: Vic
My state (Oregon) has rather strict mortgage licensing requirements, including background checks, education, and testing. California even more so and for the past 15+ years IIRC. Illinois uses a system comparable to Oregon's (including the same testing contractor IIRC). The federal government just implemented a nationwide system.
Ironically, except for a very few "wild west" states, mortgage brokers are under considerably more scructiny than any other lending institution. It might be less that CPA, I suppose, but you're complaining about brokers while loan officers at FDIC banks are exempt from any and all state-mandated licensing requirements.
And about Fannie Mae, you're skipping around. You said, "Investors thought those loans were made after careful consideration of borrower's credit," and I said, "if I wanted to do a Fannie Mae-conforming loan, then I would need to have Fannie Mae's own system carefully consider the borrower's credit before the borrower could sign loan documents." What part about that is unclear? Mortgage brokers don't underwrite loans and never did. If a broker wanted to do a Fannie Mae loan, he would need to have access to submit it to Fannie Mae's nationwide automated underwriting system (called Desktop Originator). That system pulls and reviews the borrower's credit on its own, and whether or not the loan could be salable to Fannie would first and foremost be considered there, with manual (real person) underwriting to follow. The point is that the credit was carefully considered.
What's next? That lenders were throwing out 100% no-income-no-asset loans to sub-500 score borrowers without an appraisal?
An unethical broker can do lots of damage by helping/encouraging borrower to falsify info or simply not doing enough homework to reviewing the info in the interest of getting the loans out the door.