Ellie Mae to Update Mortgage Platform for New Mortgage Rules

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Ellie Mae (ELLI) plans to update its platform to help underwriters comply with the latest federal mortgage guidelines.

The fall release of Encompass360, the Pleasanton, Calif., company's mortgage-management system, will allow lenders to automatically assess eligibility with new ability-to-repay and qualified-mortgage rules, it said Monday. Regulators are currently revising their qualified-mortgage rules, which are designed to ensure that banks improve their underwriting standards, and a slate of new rules are expected to take effect in January.

Ellie Mae's new version of Encompass360 will include tools to test for compliance with the new rules, including debt-to-income calculators and discount assessment, a tool for assessing whether loans qualify as "risky" under the rules, worksheets that can be delivered to investors and alerts when loans fail to meet the standards. The program will also document the testing process to let underwriters show that they have followed the new guidelines.

The program will include the compliance and testing for five different types of QM loans,Ellie Mae said. It plans to release the updated version in November, and will introduce it to the industry at an event next month in Las Vegas.

"The challenge of complying with the new rules "will be demonstrating QM eligibility unequivocally to investors and establishing confidence in the soundness of the systems that were used to determine eligibility," said Ellie Mae President Jonathan Corr in the news release. "Encompass360 users will be able to point to the closed-loop nature of our single system of record and the advantages that this delivers."

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