Mortgage Banking

Mortgage Banking

As a nationally recognized leader in the mortgage industry, we provide specialized audit, tax and business advisory services and strive to add value to you and your organization. Our expertise comes from working with many of the best lenders throughout the country.

The mortgage banking industry is at the core of our business. Our expertise allows us to deliver valuable advice learned from the successes, challenges, mistakes and occasional failures of our clients. Our clients range in size from small local originators to large national lenders with multi-channel operations and large servicing portfolios.

We have established a solid reputation among the many financial institutions, warehouse banks, private equity firms and others involved in the industry. We maintain close relationships with regulatory agencies and industry experts and remain current on important tax and accounting issues, reporting requirements and regulations. We are an active member of the Mortgage Bankers Association of America and several state mortgage banking associations.

If you are looking to build a relationship with the most specialized team of experts in the mortgage industry, contact us today.

Industry Services

Richey May’s mortgage banking specialists can provide you with insight into your most complex challenges. In addition to traditional tax and audit services, our industry-specific offerings include:

Mergers & Acquisitions

Financial Advisory

Benchmarking & Data Analytics

Operational

Compliance

Strategic Planning

Buyer and Seller-Side Due-Diligence Reviews

Our in-depth, objective due diligence methodology helps you validate the financial, operational and tax aspects of your transaction. We focus on identifying the risks and opportunities of your target in order to enhance your success.

Transaction Advisory Services and Representation

We can assist in identifying potential buyer or seller candidates and represent the buy- or sell- side throughout the process to ensure execution of a successful transaction.

Management Reporting and Financial Model Development

We work with our clients to develop meaningful financial reports and models, including key performance indicators (KPIs), operational and cash flow forecasts, budgets, and analysis of cost to originate a loan.

General Ledger Design and Mapping to MBFRF & MCR

Our data analytics team can map your general ledger to the Mortgage Banking Financial Reporting Form (MBFRF) or the NMLS Mortgage Call Report (MCR) to lessen the burden on your internal staff and to ensure that they are properly completed at each reporting period.

Mortgage Banking Accounting Best Practices Consulting

The experts at Richey May are well versed in the accounting for loans held for sale, mortgage servicing rights (MSRs), interest rate lock commitments and related pipeline hedging activities, as well as loan funding and loan sales transactions, allowing us to consult with you concerning best practices in the industry, the necessary journal entries, and other important considerations surrounding key mortgage accounting concepts.

We can also assist with other complex transactions, whether you’re doing a business acquisition, implementing a stock compensation plan, or entering into a non-recurring business transaction.

Richey May Select—Peer Financial Benchmarking and Metrics on Demand

Our benchmarking data offers the ability to measure performance and efficiency in critical business functions and operations that are closely tied to revenue and profits. This data helps drive informed decision-making aimed at improving efficiencies, increasing margins, and controlling costs.

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Strategic Data Analytics

The wealth of information available on mortgage lending in today’s market provides a remarkable opportunity for data-driven strategic planning and decision-making for independent lenders – if they have the ability to see through the noise. With decades of experience in the industry, our mortgage experts are able to do just that: sort through the flood of data to identify only those key points that are most useful in helping you run your business and staying competitive.

 

 Strategic Data Analytics

Compensation Survey

High-performing personnel are your greatest asset, but also represent the largest single expense incurred by mortgage companies. Make sure your compensation practices are competitive and in line with those of similar companies.

 

Compensation Survey

Ascent Performance Review

During our nearly 30 year history working with many of the top lenders and financial institutions in the country, Richey May has developed a deep understanding of the building blocks of a successful mortgage banking company. Our industry experts apply this knowledge in our Ascent Performance Review, focusing in on the specific financial and operational areas of concern that are hindering your company’s profitability, effectiveness and efficiency. Our tailored planning and fieldwork culminates in the identification of operational opportunities and deficiencies, providing practical recommendations for implementation that will positively impact your bottom line and help you better compete in the marketplace.

Business Process Improvement Review

Our mortgage experts can help re-design any of your business processes to streamline operations and improve efficiency, accuracy and profitability.

Policies and Procedures Review

In addition to satisfying regulatory requirements, clearly documented policies and procedures reduce risk and ensure that your staff has an efficient, effective road map to follow. We can help you in reviewing and designing key policies and procedures, including the following areas:

  • Loan Accounting
  • Servicing
  • Securitization

Internal Servicing Platform Review

A focused review of your internal servicing platform and related operations will help ensure your company’s compliance with industry servicing standards and identify operational improvements.

Internal Audit and Risk Assessment Design

Our internal audit and risk assessment design framework assists companies in identifying key risks in their major operational and functional areas. We help design the overall internal audit function and document the initial risk assessments for the internal audit plan and can provide ongoing assistance with the internal audit function.

 

Internal Audit

 

Loan Subservicer Oversight Procedures

We have developed a tailored loan subservicer oversight program designed to assist companies in fulfilling their responsibility to monitor and oversee the performance of their loan subservicers. We do this on behalf of multiple companies at the same time, allowing us to perform a more cost-effective, in-depth review.

 

Subservicer Oversight Review Procedures

 

 Regulatory Consent Orders

State and other regulatory consent orders are becoming a normal part of the compliance landscape for many lenders. Our experienced team of professionals can assist you in meeting the compliance testing and reporting requirements of these orders.

Servicing Transfer Reviews

We have developed a comprehensive review process to address the servicing transfer protocols and expectations required by the CFPB. It ensures that you have developed proper policies and procedures and that they adequately mitigate potential risks to consumers that may arise in connection with a servicing transfer.

Regulatory Operational Reviews (FNMA, GNMA)

FNMA, GNMA, FHLMC and others frequently request that companies have an annual review of their operations to ensure they are fulfilling their responsibilities as seller/servicers and that they are in compliance with applicable standards. Our team also focuses on providing ideas and suggestions for improvement.

Changes in the mortgage industry occur frequently and require management to revisit their strategic plans repeatedly. We work with you on being proactive instead of reactive to these changes to ensure that you achieve your goals and objectives.

Resources

Richey May is committed to staying on top of current trends and hot topics within your industry. As part of that commitment, we offer a number of resources to help our clients stay ahead of the competition.

  • FHA Sweetens the Deal for Multifamily Lending in Opportunity Zones

    Recently, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) made an announcement offering its own package of incentives for those purchasing or developing qualified multifamily properties in designated Opportunity Zones to encourage investment.

     

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  • Key Takeaways from the First American Financial Corp Data Breach

    On Friday, news broke on Krebs on Security that First American Financial Corp had potentially exposed millions of records of non-public confidential consumer information due to a significant flaw in their online web portal. Learn how you can avoid similar vulnerabilities and breaches:

     

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  • Q1 2019 Snapshot for Independent Mortgage Bankers

    Richey May Select, the next generation in peer-to-peer benchmarking for independent lenders, has published our Q1 2019 Snapshot Report. This report highlights a few key trends from the first quarter 2019 results of Richey May Select participants.

     

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  • Richey May Articles

    Are Your Passwords Too Complex?

    In order to address security concerns, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) performed a multi-year study and recently released new password standards.

     

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  • 2018 Overview Snapshot for Independent Mortgage Bankers

    Richey May Select, the next generation in peer-to-peer benchmarking for independent lenders, has published our 2018 Overview Snapshot Report. This report highlights a few key trends from the 2018 results of Richey May Select participants.

     

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  • Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: Proposed Rules on QBI for Rental Real Estate

    The IRS has recently provided additional guidance on the Qualified Business Income (QBI) 20% deduction (under Section 199A) for rental real estate enterprises. According to the IRS, a rental real estate enterprise is defined as an interest in real property held for the production of rent. A safe harbor is provided under proposed revenue procedure 2019-07 for rental real estate to be treated as a trade or business for QBI purposes, if certain qualifications are met.

     

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  • Third-Party Vendors Continue To Be a Big Risk: Millions of Mortgage Documents Leaked Online

    Independent security researcher Bob Diachenko recently announced his discovery of nearly 24 million financial and banking documents that had been leaked to the internet. It only serves as an example of why third-party vendor risk is critical for all lenders, regardless of size.

     

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Mortgage Banking Roundtable

Our annual Mortgage Banking Roundtable is designed specifically to facilitate peer-to-peer engagement among the founders, CEOs, and principals of mortgage banking companies. Our goal is to facilitate discussion on best practices and trends within the industry, and to stimulate the sharing of ideas for the benefit of all participants.

 

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