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Fannie Mae Survey: New Regs Significantly Impact Business
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 6:40 AM

With mounting discussion in the mortgage industry about increased regulations, Fannie Mae's Economic and Strategic Research Group surveyed senior mortgage executives in August 2014 via its quarterly Mortgage Lender Sentiment Survey to understand how lenders view the impact of new regulations on their business practices.

The survey results show that most lenders believe new regulations have had significant impact on their business. Lenders reported a nearly 30 percent median increase in compliance costs compared with 2013. Lenders also reported increased reliance on outsourcing due to increased regulations and associated costs, particularly in relation to post-closing quality control review and servicing. Compliance risk is reported by most lenders as their top area of focus this year.

Specific survey findings include:

  • 72 percent of the lenders surveyed say the new regulations have had “significant” impact on their business. Mid-sized lenders (84%) are more likely than smaller lenders (62%) to report "significant" impact, with 73 percent of larger lenders reporting "significant" impact.”
  • 72 percent of lenders reported spending more on compliance in 2014 than in 2013. Across all lenders surveyed, institutions reported a median increase of nearly 30 percent in compliance spending. Mid-sized lenders reported the largest increase of 50 percent, on average.
  • Post-closing QC review and servicing are the business functions most commonly reported as being outsourced as a result of increased regulations and associated costs. In addition, mid-sized lenders are more likely than smaller lenders to outsource compliance/legal functions.
  • Compliance risk is reported as the top area of focus by most lenders. In addition, larger lenders are more concerned with operational risk while smaller lenders are more concerned with credit risk and interest rate risk.