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Online Loan Trading: The Time for Standardization Is Now By John Ardy oes anyone remember the 'dot-bombs' from the late 1990s and early 2000s? CEOs right out of college with an MBA in their hand offered to revolutionize mortgage loan origination processes only to see their bubbles burst not long after the turn of the century. With the explosive growth of originations and securitization markets in the early 2000s followed by the Great Mortgage Recession, whole loan trading technology remained an "uninvested" area, continuing as a back-office function dominated by "tape crackers" and personal relationships. We learned some lessons about dot-com technology in the mortgage space, but despite the fallout in online technology, some of the tools, policies and procedures behind online mortgage origination, servicing and secondary market trading remain relevant to this day. MISMO data standards, for example, are a constant D OCTOBER 2016 ■ /BUJPOBM.PSUHBHF1SPGFTTJPOBM.BHB[JOF ■ NationalMortgageProfessional.com 80 presence in online mortgage technology not only for loan originations and mortgage servicers but for tomorrow's secondary market technology. We continue to make progress with data standardization because industry players recognized early the necessity for different systems and software to speak the same language. Thanks to recent technology innovations, the time has finally arrived for online automated whole loan and bulk mortgage trading. And it's not a minute too soon, given the greater volume and complexity of loans and the need for greater compliance. Several organizations are beginning to think so, as new trading platforms are being launched and pilot programs are underway with multiple associations and banking groups. Standardizing loan data "tapes" Before whole loan trading goes mainstream and online, however, some basic things need to be established. We need a standard process and a standard set of data. If the names of the data fields on a loan are different from one company to the next, there is no way for parties to effectively share information via a common platform. In the mortgage business, we "crack tapes" to map column headers and data formats, with the most common difficulty around loan program names. Technology can certainly facilitate loan trading, but the industry will have to adopt a common data standard first. What about the fields that are required to trade loans? It would seem that we need a slightly different set of data depending on what type of loan is being traded, whether it be a plain-vanilla agency loan or a non-performing mortgage. While those different standards are generally understood by market participants, they're not published or enforced. Newcomers need to learn them, Get your mortgage bonds the easy way at TheBondEx xchange.com. Most quotes deliver e ed in under a minute. Then take a break. e Yo ou earned it. Less than a minute online could auto-under write you for our ½% premium rate on your mortgage license bond ds. www w..TheBondExchange.co om and everyone is translating ("mapping") data to get things into their individual format. This less than optimal situation is being magnified by the growth in whole loan trading relative to other delivery options. Not only is trading volume rising and expected to keep growing, but the variety and complexity of loan types is also expanding. While payoption loans may not make a comeback soon, non-QM lending, expanded criteria loans, and the growth of the second-lien market all suggest product innovation is increasing. The secondary market will grow along with them, but only if the technology is in place to keep pace. It seems, then, that for technology to facilitate loan trading, standardized data sets by loan product will be necessary, along with common formatting of particular data fields. And if the data does become standardized, what else do we need for technology to streamline loan trading? The MLPA offers a starting point for commonality There have been numerous efforts, by both industry trade groups and large financial institutions, to take this task on by themselves, by standardizing a single version of the Mortgage Loan Purchase Agreement (MLPA). Loan sellers would love for this to happen, as it would open up more trading options with less time spent in obtaining counterparty approval. But buyers, not surprisingly, aren't as enthusiastic, since it could mean increased risk on their part. Buyers may also look at this as driving towards common fee schedules, reducing their flexibility in negotiating with potential counterparties. After reviewing many MLPAs, it seems obvious that there is some level of commonality. Buyers and sellers frequently talk about creating a single standard document that would simplify the legal process and increase liquidity for both large and small participants. There seem to be enough common areas that, if structured broadly, http://www.NationalMortgageProfessional.com http://www.TheBondExchange.com http://www.thebondexchange.com

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