Memorial Day Holiday Lock Desk Hours

Overview

The Lock Desk will be closed on Monday, May 27, 2019 for Memorial Day, which is a Federal Holiday. Normal lock hours will resume on Tuesday, May 28, 2019.

Additionally, the Lock Desk will close early on Friday, May 24, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. PST due to the early close of the financial markets.

Locks that expire on the holiday will automatically roll to the next business day. In addition there are some important disclosure considerations associated with the holiday:

  • Monday, May 27, 2019 cannot be included in the rescission period for refinance transactions.
  • Monday, May 27, 2019 cannot be included in the seven (7) business day waiting period between the date the initial Loan Estimate (LE) was provided to the borrower and the consummation of the loan
  • When re-disclosure of the LE is required, Monday, May 27, 2019 cannot be included in the four (4) business day waiting period between the date the revised LE was provided to the borrower and the consummation of the loan.
  • When re-disclosure of the CD is required, Monday, May 27, 2019 cannot be included in the three (3) business day waiting period between the date the revised CD was provided to the borrower and the consummation of the loan.

Issues related to locks should be sent via email to lockdesk@carringtonms.com.

Good News for the Housing Market

Last Week in Review: Americans favor owning

Americans Favor Owning Versus Renting a Home

The Census Bureau recently reported a homeownership rate of 64.2% in the first quarter of 2019, up from the 10-year low of 63.7% in the first quarter of 2015.

A recent study by LendingTree shows that 67% of homeowners surveyed aged 22 and older believe that owning a home is a better option that renting. In addition, the longer you remain in a home, the stronger you believe that owning is better than renting. The survey revealed that 72% of homeowners who have resided in their home for seven to nine years agree with the statement.

The survey also showed that about 15% of homeowners believe renting is easier than owning a home, and another 18% are neutral on the topic. “Just 13% of homeowners across all ages wish they could go back to renting, but when broken down by age, 1 out of every 5 homeowners ages 22 to 37 say they miss renting.”

In conclusion, the US “Goldilocks” economy includes:

  1. Slowing home price gains
  2. Rising wages
  3. Uptick in homes for sale
  4. Strong job market
  5. High Consumer Confidence
  6. Historically low rates

The above points will continue to be a tailwind for new home buyers on their way to the American Dream of owning a home.

FHA Manual Underwriting Webinar

Join us to learn why FHA Manual UW is even more important after recent DU TOTAL Scorecard Updates.

During this webinar we will cover:

  • What factors in the file can trigger a downgrade to Manual Underwrite
  • What Non-Traditional Credit options are available for borrowers without a credit score
  • What are Compensating Factors, and how can they help with a higher DTI
  • Parameters for working with derogatory credit events
  • Submitting the best possible file for fewer conditions the first time through

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New Marketing Resources Available in brokerIQ

In an effort to better serve our broker partners, Carrington Mortgage has created a Marketing Resouces center in brokerIQ for approved brokers. The materials available include flyers in PDF format that are customizable with your name, logo, contact information and disclaimers. The flyers can be printed and/or emailed to your prospective borrowers.

Please browse the page to see what flyers are available and contact your Account Executive if you have any questions.

Thank you.

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Media Survey Results – Where do you get your news?

On March 15, 2019, we surveyed our broker community to find out more about their media consumption habits. 116 people responded and these are the results. We think they are very interesting and we hope you do too.

Updates to FHA TOTAL Mortgage Scorecard

Overview

Over the past several years FHA has seen a continued increase in certain higher-risk credit characteristics in mortgages it insures, including an increase in cash out refinances and mortgages with high debt-to-income (DTI) ratios, a decrease in average borrower credit scores and an increasing concentration of credit scores less than 640 combined with DTI ratios greater than 50 percent.

To address mortgages with higher-risk characteristics particularly when multiple risk factors are present, FHA has updated the TOTAL Mortgage Scorecard to manage the decrease in average borrower credit scores and the excessive risk layering that results when multiple risk factors are present.

Effective for all case numbers assigned on and after March 18, 2019, when Carrington Mortgage Services, LLC (CMS) submits a mortgage loan to the TOTAL Mortgage Scorecard via an automated underwriting system (AUS) CMS may receive feedback results indicating the loan file must be manually underwritten. In these cases, CMS must document the final underwriting review decision in accordance with existing FHA requirements for manually underwritten mortgages.

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