The dust from 2020 is finally beginning to settle, and that gives us an opportunity to look back at the hard work community banks put in to serve their customers. Our top lenders made the most of one of the toughest years in recent memory through personal connection, ingenuity and dedication to their communities.
Even with the disruption of the pandemic, 2020 was a huge year for mortgage lending, with many community banks seeing record numbers of home loans, refinancings and more. The question is whether that momentum will continue.
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With community banks providing the only physical banking locations in nearly one in five U.S. counties, they meet a critical need for mortgage borrowers while also helping to stem rural flight. By Bridget McCrea The numbers don’t lie: Community banks provide rural homebuyers with vital access to credit. According to the Brookings Institution, community banks […]
Our annual list of the year’s top-performing community banks boasts institutions that focus on efficiency and the personal service that builds strong, lasting relationships. Their success last year has set them up to ride out this year’s storm. Less Than $300 Million By William Atkinson State Bank of Wheaton stays lean and green Drew Donnelly, […]
Many compliance functions are needed to detect mortgage fraud, from FACTA and FCRA to the SAFE Act. Here’s a look at the requirements. By Mary Thorson-Wright Mortgage fraud criminals scheme to separate people from their money (fraud for profit) or to obtain housing (fraud for property). The FBI, which routinely investigates incidents of fraud, defines […]
Varying interest rates and a mixed outlook for the economy kept community bankers on their toes over the past year, but what can they expect lending to look like this year? By Beth Mattson-Teig Community bankers are trying to read the tea leaves on expectations for lending activity in the coming year in the wake […]