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    ​CoreLogic Reports An 8.9 Percent Decrease in Mortgage Fraud Risk

    10/19/2015 11:05:33 AM
    CoreLogic released its latest Mortgage Fraud Report on Oct. 15, showing an 8.9 percent year-over-year decrease in fraud risk, as of the end of the Q2 2015, as measured by the Mortgage Application Fraud Risk Index. For the 12 months ending the second quarter 2015, the report estimates the total value of applications with fraud or serious misrepresentations at $17.3 billion as compared with $19.8 billion a year ago.
    The analysis found that during the second quarter of 2015, approximately 12,814 mortgage applications, or 0.67 percent of all mortgage applications, contained indications of fraud, as compared with the reported 11,100 or 0.69 percent in the second quarter of 2014.
    The CoreLogic Mortgage Fraud Report analyzes the collective level of loan application fraud risk throughout the mortgage industry. The CoreLogic Mortgage Application Fraud Risk Index is based on residential mortgage loan applications processed by CoreLogic LoanSafe Fraud Manager, a predictive fraud scoring technology. The national index is composed of six sub-indices that measure different types of mortgage application fraud: employment, identity, income, occupancy, property and undisclosed mortgage debt.
    Among the highlights of the report:
    • The 10 highest risk states in terms of mortgage fraud as measured by CoreLogic remained mostly stable: Florida maintained its position as the nation’s highest risk state, New York moved up to number two from number three in 2014 and  Rhode Island fell out of the top 10, being replaced by the District of Columbia.
    • The state with the highest year-over-year growth in mortgage application fraud risk was Louisiana at 17 percent; Kansas had the largest decline at 35.2 percent.
    • Of the six components in the CoreLogic Mortgage Application Fraud Type Indexes, undisclosed mortgage debt risk showed the only increase at 1.7 percent; identity risk had the largest year-over-year decline at 22.7 percent.
    • As has been the case for the past five years, jumbo mortgages have exhibited the highest fraud risk, followed by low-downpayment mortgages.

    “New regulations, like Qualified Mortgage (QM) and Ability to Repay (ATR), as well as stricter credit overlays, have resulted in greater scrutiny of mortgage applications. Greater scrutiny, in turn, has had a positive impact on the rate of fraudulent applications,” said Susan Allen, senior vice president of Mortgage Analytics at CoreLogic. “In the markets where fraud remains strong, there are also significant inventories of distressed properties. Typically, this leads to large value discrepancies with nearby properties, which increases the risk of incorrect valuation, fraud-for-profit schemes, and occupancy fraud on properties recently converted to rentals.”
    To view the full CoreLogic Mortgage Fraud Report, visit Additional CBSA-level data is available by request.