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Competition Among Credit Score Models Being Considered

Posted by Lori Rezac on Aug 7, 2017 12:13:24 PM

There has been quite a bit of talk lately regarding different credit score models and if the mortgage lending industry should allow more than just the traditional FICO.  In the past, many have questioned the accuracy of the FICO, partially due to the complexity of the calculation.  A bill has been introduced in the Senate to address these concerns, called the “Credit Score Competition Act”. 

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Profitability Automation and Tools with Mortech

Posted by Brian Hall on Aug 3, 2017 2:49:06 PM

When it comes to a loan’s profitability, the most important aspect is being able to maintain profit and minimizing time-spend, while keeping your borrower happy by giving them the best possible rate. It’s a tricky tightrope to walk, however great borrower engagement is no good if you’re not actually profiting on the loans you’re giving out. What’s worse, spending too much time on profitability and making sure you’re both making profit and giving your borrower the best product can actually hurt you in the long run.

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Integration Spotlight: Ellie Mae's Encompass

Posted by Brian Hall on Jul 28, 2017 2:54:01 PM

In our latest blog, we wrote a lot on the importance of your mortgage pricing engine saving you time, primarily through integration and automation. That saved time can then be spent on building and maintaining borrower relationships, all while knowing you’ve got the best, quickest, and most accurate data backing you up.

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Mortgage Pricing Consultation with Mortech

Posted by Brian Hall on Jul 26, 2017 2:19:22 PM

A mortgage business is only as good as its ability to price mortgage rates.


It doesn’t matter how good your team is or how strong your marketing campaigns are (though those things help), if they’re built under a mortgage pricing engine that doesn’t provide you with the best tools and services, they’re all for naught.


What makes a good mortgage pricing engine? What sets some businesses apart from others? For starters: automation. An automated engine that saves you time from having to enter and compare data means you can spend more of that time working with your borrowers. By not having to search, compare, and price mortgage product types based on specific scenarios or manually build in base price SRP, LLPAs, and profit margins, you can focus on communicating with and growing your business while knowing your backed by quick and accurate data.


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Rates are Finally Rising – What It Means for the Mortgage Landscape

Posted by Brian Hall on Jul 14, 2017 11:24:28 AM

When the Fed announced in 2016 that the Fed funds rate would be going up, a lot of people wondered what the mortgage landscape would look like in the coming months. However, despite the warnings that mortgage rates could be on the rise, things didn’t escalate at the pace most people predicted. As a result, mortgage data trended differently than many expected:


While rates spiked in mid-March, they then dipped, with their lowest point of the year coming just a month ago. However, once the Fed met in mid-June and announced that the funds rate would rise again, they’ve been steadily increasing for the last month.


Despite rates dipping from March to June, the number of purchase and refinance quotes decreased over that same period. While rates were at their highest in March, that was the same month in which purchase quotes were also at their highest.


We’ll be keeping an eye on this data for the second half of the year to see how these trends play out, and you should be keeping an eye out on how your mortgage business processes as we move toward the end of the year. Fortunately, Mortech makes it easy – simply contact us for a free demo to learn what our mortgage pricing engine can do for you.


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APIs for Lead Capturing – Big Results with Short Forms

Posted by Brian Hall on Jun 28, 2017 2:38:05 PM

One of the most positive benefits of Mortech’s Mortgage APIs are the many ways in which a lender can utilize them for lead capturing. From rate tables to longform applications, lenders are already seeing the benefits of implementing our APIs to build the best way to capture leads for them.

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Federal Reserve Raises Interest Rates

Posted by Lori Rezac on Jun 27, 2017 1:58:01 PM

The Federal Reserve has once again raised short-term interest rates another quarter of a percentage point, the fourth increase in a series that began in December 2015. One more increase is expected this year, with three additional increases expected in 2018. We are still well below the 2007 rate of 5.25 percent as we are now in the 1.0-to-1.25 percent range.

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Four Reasons Why You Should Start Using the Mortech Marketplace Simulator

Posted by Brian Hall on Jun 19, 2017 2:23:25 PM

Earlier this month we wrote about the level of self-service that Mortech’s new Marketplace Simulator can provide our users. However, with such a robust tool at your disposal, knowing how to best utilize it to maximize results can be tricky. With that in mind, we wanted to help you better understand the benefits of the Marketplace Simulator so that you can begin reaping the benefits it has to offer. So here are four reasons why you should be using Mortech’s Marketplace Simulator today.

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House Passes Financial CHOICE Act

Posted by Lori Rezac on Jun 16, 2017 11:01:15 AM

With only a stop in the Senate before reaching the desk of President Trump, the Financial CHOICE Act has gained some momentum. The House passed the bill by a vote of 233-186, but Democrats and Republicans seem to be split on their support.


Introduced by House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, the bill - short for Creating Hope and Opportunity for Investors, Consumers and Entrepreneurs - would abolish the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act with major ramifications to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The CFPB’s name would be changed to the Consumer Financial Opportunity Agency, an executive agency with a director that would be appointed and removed by the president.

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Online Quoting Built Your Way with Mortech’s Mortgage APIs

Posted by Brian Hall on Jun 9, 2017 12:42:21 PM

Getting mortgage rates online has never been more important. According to the Zillow Group Report on Consumer Housing Trends, 9 out of 10 homebuyers will use an online resource at some point during the buying process. Whether it’s something as simple as a mortgage calculator, or as important as applying for a mortgage, the amount of people doing it online is high and steadily growing. With more homebuyers than ever using these resources, the next logical step is to put your rates online, so that all of those online buyers can easily find your mortgage rates while still early on in the buying process.


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