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Prepare for Higher Fraud Risk in 2017

The Warning Lights Keep Flashing

Bridget Berg    |    Mortgage Performance

Lights

At the end of 2016, the CoreLogic National Mortgage Application Fraud Risk Index matched its previous high level of 122. CoreLogic has been gauging fraud risk on this Index since Q3 2010, with a starting benchmark of 100. We anticipate the Q1 2017 Index, due out April 20, will record the highest level to date, likely breaking through the 130 mark.

As we’ve noted in the past, the...

Purchase Mortgages, High LTVs May Up Fraud Risk in 2017

2016 Ends With Increase in National Fraud Index

Bridget Berg    |    Mortgage Performance

National Mortgage Origination Fraud Index

Mortgage fraud has been relatively low since strong lending controls were spurred in the aftermath of the financial crisis. But there are trends we expect to emerge in 2017 that may change that outlook, and the level of risk, significantly.

At the end of the fourth quarter, the CoreLogic Fraud Index rose to 122, matching its highest level from three years ago (the baseline of 100...