Altisource Report Cites Industry Risks, Challenges

Altisource Portfolio Solutions S.A., Luxembourg, said mortgage originators cited increased purchase business, margin compression and rising interest rates as their biggest challenges in today’s marketplace.

The company’s annual The State of the Originations Industry survey of more than 200 decisionmakers in the mortgage origination business also cited market opportunities, such as construction lending and non-Qualified Mortgage loans.

Mortgage origination professionals (29 percent) cited increased purchase business competition as the biggest challenge in today’s mortgage market; 25 percent said margin compression due to regulatory mandates and 24 percent pointed to elevated interest rates.

The survey said with increased purchase business competition, there are fewer loan transactions for which to compete. “This is primarily driven by a tightened inventory of existing and new construction, which helped drive home price appreciation. The combination of higher interest rates and higher home prices has impacted affordability, which has made it harder for consumers to upgrade to more expensive housing and limited the inventory of starter homes. As the available purchase business declines, capturing this business relies on the originator’s ability to quickly respond to requests and originate loans faster, with great customer experience.”

Mortgage origination professionals surveyed ranked construction loans as the most promising (25 percent) and non-QM loans (not including jumbo loans) (20 percent) as the second most promising.

“Construction activity should increase over the next year due to the robust demand in the overall housing market and the historical shortage of existing housing supply,” the report said. “The non-QM market is predicted to grow by 400 percent over the next year and while this growth only represents an increase of $5 billion-$8 billion in annual production, the appetite for this asset class is still growing and the non-QM opportunity should be watched.”

“The biggest challenge identified, with respect to the mortgage market, is the economic environment today and into the near future,” said Altisource COO of Origination Solutions Justin Vedder. “With that said, originators can take certain steps to stay competitive. For example, consider outsourcing some or all fulfillment, closing and processing operations, join a peer network, continue to look for new talent while also focusing on the retention of top performers, add new loan programs but offload the risk and operational cost to a third-party and be bold with piloting programs that will generate higher margin revenue.”

A link to the report can be found at