Before you dive into that new warehouse line…

Things have been moving quickly for our industry over the past year.  Even though warehouse and correspondent lending is a thriving niche, now is not the time to cut corners in your due diligence! Watch out for potentially fraudulent warehouse providers. If a pitch sounds too good to be true… then run away!  Don’t just walk.  I read recently about a company that charges 2% of a line with no loan fees and requires a minimum net worth of $50,000 with lines up to $10 million.  To me, that’s mostly smoke and mirrors.

A few things to keep in mind…

  • Captive lines often have poor back rooms.  Some might even be illegal.
  • Get lots of references on potential line providers.  Never heard of them? Feel free to contact me, as I probably have. 
  • The most important thing to do is know your warehouse lender’s end investor approval process and get a current list of their approved take out investors. 
  • Talk to some of the lender’s existing clients. 
  • Look up the lender (on the Internet)  to see if there are any negative comments. 
  • Find out about the lender’s approval process. If you are asked for a very large deposit, think twice about choosing the lender as your provider. 

I’ve worked with many warehouse and correspondent lenders for many years.  If nothing else, give me a call me any time and use me as a sounding board.  It may save you thousands.

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