A mortgage insurer that has its own automated underwriting system may soon let its customers use competing systems from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

The PMI Group announced a pilot program in which a client, HomeSide Inc., will have access to Fannie Mae's Desktop Underwriter and Freddie Mac's Loan Prospector. PMI performs contract underwriting for HomeSide, the nation's fifth-largest originator of home loans.

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