First-mortgage lending is an increasingly important component of credit union lending and service to members, according to CUNA's economics and statistics department.
In 2013, credit unions originated more than $134 billion in first mortgages, up from $125 billion in 2012. That represents more than 6.5% of the entire mortgage origination market.
This pace is more than double the $61 billion of first mortgages credit unions originated in 2007, which made up only 2.6% of the market at that time. First mortgages now account for 41% of loans held in credit union portfolios, up from 33% in 2007.
Credit unions sold almost 52% of their first mortgage originations in 2013, up from 27% in 2007, due to their desire to reduce the interest-rate risk inherent in fixed-rate, long-term loans—especially at today’s historically low interest rates.
CUNA Chief Advocacy Officer Ryan Donovan says a banker's threat to sue reinforces the need for credit unions to have a strong united voice in support of a proposal by the National Credit Union Administration to modernize rules that control who can join which credit unions.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau expects all entities obtaining consumer authorizations for pre-authorized electronic fund transfers to comply with the Electronic Fund Transfer Act and Regulation E, it reminded in a compliance bulletin issued this week.