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Cascade Financial Services Implements Portfolio Underwriter
Automated Underwriting of Portfolio Products Allows Lender to Expand Its
Manufactured Housing Finance Business

Contact: Campbell Lewis Communications
Jessica Ruiz-Krout

IRVINE, California (July 12, 2017) LoanScorecard™, a leading provider of automated underwriting and compliance solutions, announced today that Cascade Financial Services (Cascade) has implemented Portfolio Underwriter™ as its automated underwriting system (AUS).

Cascade is an independent mortgage bank that specializes in manufactured and modular home financing. In May 2017, the company was named Regional Lender of the Year for the third consecutive year by the Manufactured Housing Institute, the national trade organization representing all segments of the factory-built housing industry. Cascade was founded in 1999 in Arizona and is currently licensed in 38 states, with plans to expand to the contiguous 48 states by the end of 2017.

Cascade's unique portfolio loan products include both land/home and home only loan options for manufactured home buyers. With Portfolio Underwriter, Cascade’s guidelines for these products can be captured within the engine to deliver a rules-based underwriting decision in seconds. Results of the decision are documented in an in-depth findings report, which includes the program-specific, conditional underwriting criteria used in the data analysis. This allows Cascade to automate underwriting its portfolio loans and manage exceptions based on valid compensating loan factors, rather than loan officer “discretion.” It also ensures consistent, transparent credit policy application to demonstrate Fair Lending.

"Having an AUS to provide quick and consistent underwriting decisions on portfolio loan products is a very important part of being able to scale a business. And building an internal system that is intelligent enough to read credit reports and interface with an LOS takes significant time and upfront expense," said Gerron Dover, Executive Vice President of Production at Cascade.

"We selected LoanScorecard’s Portfolio Underwriter because it works seamlessly with our LOS, it was relatively quick and inexpensive to get set up, and it is now providing us the efficiency we need to offer our portfolio loan products on a more expanded scale. It also provides us the ability to quickly revise system parameters as we get more experience with our new loan products, and our lending guidelines evolve over time."

“Manual underwriting is time consuming, costly, and puts lenders at risk for Fair Lending violations," said Ben Wu, Executive Director at LoanScorecard. “That’s why more and more forward-thinking portfolio lenders, like Cascade, are turning to sophisticated automation. By using Portfolio Underwriter, they’re able to not only automate underwriting for their unique portfolio products, but also reduce errors, improve efficiency, and expand their manufactured housing finance business."

About LoanScorecard

LoanScorecard™ is a leading provider of automated underwriting and loan pricing solutions designed to meet today's regulatory challenges and capitalize on today's market opportunities. LoanScorecard Custom AUS streamlines non-agency mortgage underwriting, eliminating manual processing delays and time wasted on unqualified loans, ensuring that loans are approved and consistently documented to satisfy ATR and fair lending compliance. Custom AUS can be tailored to capture each lender's specific credit policy and render underwriting findings that demonstrate a consistent loan manufacturing process to auditors and investors. LoanScorecard LO Connect electronically distributes wholesale and investor products and pricing to third-party originators, providing TPOs with a real-time, interactive tool to determine borrower fit and price for non-agency programs, and enabling them to submit qualified loans to wholesalers and investors with confidence. Additionally, as the industry's first QM engine, LoanScorecard helps institutions address CFPB regulations, rendering more than four million QM Findings Reports to date. For more information, visit LoanScorecard.com or call 800-617-0892.

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