This morning I head to Chicago, IL, a state with 972 licensed mortgage banking companies. Illinois has had its share of severe storm damage (heck, in Sarasota we just had upwards of 10 inches of rain in about 12 hours), and may be joining the ranks of places in the U.S. where the cost of insurance passes the cost of property tax. Coach a borrower through that! The cost and availability of homeowner’s insurance is a big topic in Florida, as is the PACE program. Florida is one of three states (with California and Missouri) that offer this loan program for clean energy. The Florida legislature put some consumer protection provisions into the program, but for various reasons mortgage organizations like the MBAF were sorry to see the bill pass and are working on a veto. For instance, these loans are put into first priority ahead of the homeowner’s mortgage (no one wants to read “predatory” when it comes to any program), and what lender or servicer needs that? (Today’s podcast is found here, and this week’s are sponsored by Richey May, a recognized leader in providing specialized advisory, audit, tax, cybersecurity, technology, and other services to the mortgage industry. Hear an interview with Richey May’s Michael Nougier on best practices for companies to put in place regarding preventing and reporting cybersecurity breaches.) Software, Products, and Services for Lenders and Brokers Interest rates are now double where they were in 2022. Tipping over 8 percent at the end of 2023 and hanging in the 7 percent range nearly all of this year, the current interest rate environment is not helping delinquent homeowners. Gone are the days when modifying your mortgage payment was supported by dropping the interest rate. There is a solution. FHA’s Payment Supplement program doesn’t change the terms of the first mortgage. Read Clarifire’s recent blog, “Servicing Answers to High Interest Rate Pressures,” to find out the details of this solution, along with how old pitfalls could impact your implementation of this program and future loss mitigation options. Don’t let old automation cripple your success. Make sure you’re in a position to help your distressed borrowers navigate economic volatility and avoid default with CLARIFIRE ®, a modern, intelligent innovation that’s truly BRIGHTER AUTOMATION®.
Source: Mortgage News Daily