Best Practices in Appraisals and Mortgage Solutions for Credit Unions

By Preston Packer |

Sep

30

There is no doubt that major shifts have taken place in the mortgage market over the past couple of years. An increase in competition and the transformation to digital mortgage lending solutions have had a huge effect on how credit unions and other institutions that depend on mortgage lending do business.

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Enhancing the Home Buying Experience for Credit Union Members

By Preston Packer |

Sep

28

Competition is high when it comes to purchasing a home. Prices have increased due to the pandemic, making it a seller’s market. An increase in demand and a decrease in inventory means buyers have to act fast. Multi-offer scenarios and bidding wars have become the norm. Buyers watch prices rise and see their offers rejected. Credit unions must find ways to pave an easier path for home purchasing members. One solution is transforming the home buying experience with best-in-class technology.

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Improving Digital Mortgage Lending for Credit Unions

By Preston Packer |

Sep

16

With the lowest mortgage rates in years, it’s no surprise that mortgage originations and refinancings are soaring around the nation. This is good news for credit unions. However, advancement in digital technologies and the rise of fintech companies into the lending space also means that the competition in the mortgage lending market is as tough as ever.

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Seamless and Branded Home Lending Experience for Credit Unions

By Preston Packer |

Sep

14

Credit unions know their members--all 125 million of them and counting--better than anyone, and the right analytical tools and market intelligence can help your credit union gain market share in a competitive mortgage environment. It is always a good time for CUs to expand their offerings and use technology to streamline the process.

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A Mortgage Servicing Model for Credit Unions

By Preston Packer |

Sep

10

Although credit unions in the U.S. hold a small share of the total mortgage volume, mortgage lending is an important part of doing business for credit unions of all sizes. Since the pandemic and the lowering of interest rates has no doubt put a squeeze on the mortgage lending business and made it more competitive, credit unions that wish to thrive in this environment must leverage their digital technologies, data, and member services to attract new members, generate loans and continue their growth.

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Helping Homebuyers Become Homeowners with Your Credit Union

By Preston Packer |

Sep

02

With a booming housing market and the challenges facing credit unions to keep up, simplifying the home buying process is critical to delivering outstanding member service and growing the loan origination business for your credit union.

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Leveraging Technology to Streamline Your Workflow

By Preston Packer |

Sep

11

In this digitally competitive day and age, where everyone wants and expects an answer “yesterday,” being efficient is imperative. The mortgage market in particular has grown more and more crowded as home prices soar and interest rates continue to decline. In fact, Interest rates have been dropping since late 2018, recently dipping below 4% in June for a 30-year mortgage, the lowest in about two years. Leveraging your credit union's technology to streamline the loan decision-making process can reduce the turn-around time for the member's application, provide members answers quickly, and potentially be the difference in whether a new loan closes with your credit union or at another financial institution.

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Home Sales Present Opportunity for Credit Unions

By Preston Packer |

Dec

13

For the first time in seven months, the demand for homes is stabilizing. In October the sale of previously owned homes increased, which indicates that existing properties are becoming less scarce. While this bodes well for those in the buyer’s market, mortgage rates have yet to budge. More properties are available, yet the prices continue to rise. The mortgage rate is the highest it has been in eight years, and the Federal Reserve is expected to increase interest rates again in 2018 and into 2019. Although NAR Chief Economist, Lawrence Yun, has urged the Fed to pause interest rates to avoid stunting growth in the housing market.

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