Yeah We Know Underwriting

Yeah, We Know Underwriting

Your borrower found the perfect home. You’ve collected and prepared their paperwork. Now it’s time to secure that mortgage! You both want a smooth process, so what can you do to ensure a quick and easy submission for underwriting, and one that is more likely to achieve a first-pass approval, meaning all the documentation is submitted and accurate on your first try? Below are some tips and tricks to ensure you can get that first-pass approval with minimal fuss.

Be Aware of These 5 Common Error Trends:

  1. Income concerns, including:
    • Year-to-date earnings missing from paystubs
    • Verbal verification of employment missing from the file
    • Previous year’s income missing from the file
  2. Asset concerns, including:
    • Primary residence conversion reserves not met
    • Insufficient funds for closing
    • Minimum borrower contribution not met
    • Large deposits without sources
  3. Program related concerns, including:
    • Verification of taxes and insurance missing on other borrower’s other owned property
    • AUS submissions not updated with correct, current data
    • Seller contributions which are excessive or exceed actual closing costs
  4. Documentation concerns, including:
    • Incomplete or expired income, credit or asset documentation
  5. Appraisal concerns, including:
    • An “as is” appraisal with comments within the appraisal suggesting needed repairs
    • Comps used are outside of the subject property’s market, despite available comps within the market

Beyond the first-pass approval, what is it that truly comprises a best-in-class underwriting experience?

To answer this question, Genworth conducted a blind survey in 2016, and again in 2017, polling over 400 underwriters, loan processors and loan officers. The primary research objective was to determine how important underwriting is when deciding on an MI partner.

Genworth’s surveys provided several important insights into what defines a best-in-class underwriting experience from the perspective of a customer. First, customers place a high regard on speed and underwriter competence. Also, good customer service, including responsiveness to questions, was weighted more heavily than other MI decision factors, and was determined to yield better referral rates than price alone.

The surveys also sought to identify, amongst MI providers, who offers that best-in-class service and experience. Two years in a row, respondents who are customers of both Genworth and other MI providers tended to recognize Genworth as best-in-class more often. And when asked what makes Genworth best in class, most respondents pointed to turn time/speed and ease of submission or use.

So, whether providing underwriting resources, best-in-class services, or simply answering questions, Genworth Mortgage Insurance is proud to play a part in making it “go time” for that ready borrower.

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