News and Insight for Financial Institutions

  • Deb Almirall

    Cultivating a realty partnership, a win-win-win

    Ask any member of Minnesota Power Employees Credit Union what’s new at their credit union and they’ll say: what’s not? During the last five years, MPECU has expanded products, ramped up its mortgage business, increased member outreach, expanded offices and technology, and freshened its brand.


  • Servion Residential Title Teamwork

    Provide borrowers a great refinance experience, all the way to closing

    At least five professionals help homeowners finance and secure clean title for their home. Though they often work at different companies, loan officers, processors, underwriters, and title professionals can coordinate and provide homeowners a truly amazing refinance experience.


  • We Are Servion

    Servion continues growth strategy that fueled its success in 2017

    The Servion Group will focus on long-term sustainability by continuing to build a national footprint for each of its business units. The same strategy underpinned the success of the 2016-17 fiscal year, according to Servion leaders who presented at the company’s annual meeting on February 15.


  • Economy 2018

    A 2018 mortgage market forecast

    Normalization in the housing market is likely to offer mortgage lenders increased opportunities in 2018. Economist say the housing market is finally moving towards pre-crisis conditions where the volume of home-buying transactions is up and the suburbs are centers of home-buying activity.


  • Early Start

    Understanding the risks of early start for construction

    There’s no shortage of risks to manage for lenders financing commercial construction projects. If not managed, one risk that can have far-reaching negative effects is “Early Start.”


  • Soo Like Cu

    The difference marketing mortgages can make

    In early 2017, Soo Line Credit Union identified a strategic opportunity to increase its mortgage volume and build its membership...


  • Construction Dispersing

    Construction Disbursement a Critical Process in Risk Mitigation for CRE Lending

    Even for those who’ve spent their careers at financial institutions, construction disbursement takes some introduction. Before we explain how it works, we’d like to explain how it fits into the commercial lending process for construction loans.


  • Escrow Best Practices

    Best practices for mortgage escrows

    Relationships are the single greatest advantage that community financial institutions have as they compete for business with the nation’s largest mortgage lenders. Your institution needs to ensure borrowers continue to have the experience they expect from you.


  • Servion Horizontal Logo And Tagline

    We are The Servion Group

    CU Companies has officially changed its name to The Servion Group, a new brand designed to carry us forward into the next chapter in our story.


  • Fannie Mae Credit Small Investors

    GSE's regulator increases conforming loan limit in 2018

    Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are now set to raise the maximum conforming loan limit...


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