AGOURA HILLS, CA, May 1, 2012 — Interthinx announced today the release of its new Watchlist Review Module, a stand-alone application that allows/enables lenders to check all loan participants against several industry lists to ensure compliance with Fannie Mae’s Loan Quality Initiative (LQI) as well as rules from the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA).
“Much of the risk involved in the mortgage loan transaction rests with the loan participants,” said Gayle Shank, vice president of product management at Interthinx. “Knowing whether these individuals — including the personnel involved in the closing — are on any industry lists is a critical due-diligence step that federal regulators expect lenders to take. Those who fail to do so greatly increase the risk associated with a loan transaction.”
Shank pointed out that the BSA requires lenders to screen closing participants against industry watchlists but said that lenders lacked a comprehensive way to do so. The new Watchlist Review Module solves that problem by screening individuals and companies against all exclusionary lists at the same time. “It’s a great time-saver for lenders because it eliminates the need to visit and search various individual websites,” she noted.
The module uses name-matching software combined with algorithms to identify matching records. The system provides a customizable, intuitive report through a single-source interface.
Interthinx, a Verisk Analytics (Nasdaq:VRSK) subsidiary, is a leading national provider of comprehensive risk mitigation solutions focusing on mortgage fraud, collateral risk and valuation, regulatory compliance, forensic loan audit services, loss mitigation, and loss forecasting. With more than 20 years of experience in customizable risk evaluation technology, Interthinx offers proven and effective predictive analytics to the residential mortgage industry through its experience with millions of loan applications and fraud incident data from thousands of monthly loan reviews. Throughout the mortgage life cycle, the Interthinx suite of services can increase the value of client portfolios with its comprehensive and holistic approach to loan quality and compliance. Winner of multiple awards for technology, Interthinx helps clients reduce risk, increase operational efficiencies, satisfy regulator demands, manage data verification, remain compliant, and mitigate loan buybacks. The Interthinx quarterly Mortgage Fraud Risk Report is a standard for the financial services industry. For more information, visit www.interthinx.com or call 1-800-333-4510.