Broad adoption of the standards of MISMO–which stands for Mortgage Industry Standards Maintenance Organization–can dramatically lower mortgage loan origination costs for lenders and borrowers, according to the results of an economic study commissioned by the Mortgage Bankers Association. Direct costs can be lowered by as much as $249 per loan, the study showed. In addition, the surveys conducted showed that execution costs could be improved by as much as 15.38 basis points, a 25 percent to 50 percent pickup in retail lending margins or $450 for the average loan. The economic study, conducted by CC Pace and The Stratmor Group, used a combination of practices, including interviews, onsite visits and surveys. The study also demonstrated that while data standards are too ofte...
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