LoanScorecard, a provider of automated underwriting and compliance solutions, says that Central Pacific Bank, a residential mortgage lender in Hawaii and the primary subsidiary of Central Pacific Financial Corp., has implemented Custom AUS as its automated underwriting system (AUS).
With more than $5 billion in assets, Central Pacific Bank provides a full range of mortgage services that include retail, portfolio and correspondent lending, as well as investment and trust services, through a network of 35 branches in the state of Hawaii.
Having implemented Custom AUS from LoanScorecard, Central Pacific Bank can now customize underwriting decisioning and safely originate compliant assets.
According to LoanScorecard, the system delivers an underwriting decision to third-party originators (TPOs) and provides an assessment report that includes a breakdown of every rule applied and whether the loan passed or failed a particular guideline – creating an audit trail for underwriting and ability-to-repay decisions and helping to ensure consistent, transparent application of credit policy.
“Approximately 35 percent of our business is portfolio lending, so it is critical for us to have a system in place that allows us to easily define our underwriting guidelines and ensures any and all exceptions are handled in a consistent manner,” says Kirsten Kemper, vice president and capital markets manager at Central Pacific Bank. “We expect Custom AUS to make us more efficient, reduce errors and provide better feedback to our sales team.”
“The new Home Mortgage Disclosure Act reporting requirements go into effect in about a year, and the status quo of manual underwriting is insufficient to be in compliance,” says Ben Wu, executive director at LoanScorecard. “Before the rule goes into effect, many forward-thinking lenders, like Central Pacific Bank, are putting systems in place now that will ensure mortgages applied for at the end of 2017 and closed in 2018 are manufactured consistently and compliantly – mitigating any fair lending risk.”