MReport June 2017

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TH E M R EP O RT | 41 O R I G I NAT I O N S E R V I C I N G DATA G O V E R N M E N T S E C O N DA R Y M A R K E T THE LATEST ORIGINATION Fitch: Digitization Will Put Big Banks Ahead More resources, competitive pricing, and their ability to bundle mortgages with other financial products could push big banks over the edge in the mortgage industry. A lthough mortgage lend- ing has been trending toward non-bank lend- ers as of late, according to Fitch Ratings, that period could be coming to an end. In the long term, the ratings agency reported, it will likely be large banks that have the upper hand. Thanks to their greater resourc - es, competitive pricing, and ability to tie mortgages in with other financial products, big banks will probably gain an edge over their smaller, non-bank competitors— especially as the mortgage process gets more and more digital. "The increasing digitization of the mortgage process has the potential to significantly change mortgage applications, improving efficiency and reducing the time required for processing some types of applica - tions," Fitch reported. "A fully online mortgage process does not yet exist. However, banks, non- bank financial institutions (NBFIs), internet banks, and online market - place lenders have been digitizing portions of the mortgage application process to varying degrees." And it's investment in this digitization that will make institu - tions stand out over time, Fitch reported, particularly as millennials continue to make up a large por- tion of the nation's homebuyers. "Digitization has opened space for new and non-tradi- tional entrants, including online marketplace lenders and internet banks such as Social Finance and Ally Financial, respectively," Fitch reported. "FinTech firms have also been applying digital technology to grow within the mortgage sector, while some larger NBFIs that were early adopters of online lending have particularly benefited in terms of growth." Quicken's Rocket Mortgage, which brought in $7 billion in loan originations last year, is a prime example. But while com - panies like Quicken jumped on the bandwagon first, that doesn't mean they'll have a competitive edge for long—especially given some recent FinTech-big bank join ventures, like JPMorgan Chase's recent partnership with Roostify. "Large brick-and-mortar banks have been investing heavily to digi - tize their mortgage process, despite some banks' initial lag in developing their online consumer experience," Fitch reported. "This includes ac - tively buying and entering into joint ventures with FinTech firms. Fitch believes that this is part of a broader trend that will continue over the medium term." Ultimately, Fitch reported, invest - ing in digital mortgage tech needs to be a priority for those in the lending space—plain and simple. "Companies that do not invest in this area will risk losing market share and could have their profit - ability negatively affected." Think Bigger. Ready to rise above the rest? The right partner can mean the difference between floating along or rising to new heights. And with Radian, there are no limitations to what you can achieve. Our programs and services are engineered to help you generate referrals and give your business a competitive edge: » Get to the closing table faster with priority four-hour turn times » Add value for borrowers with our exclusive MortgageAssure ® job loss protection » Expand opportunities and elevate your business with expert training and industry insights Learn more today at | 877.723.4261 © 2017 Radian Guaranty Inc. CELEBRATING 40 YEARS

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