*A New Player Picks Up More Steam*
**By Tony Garritano**
***I know everyone is going to be talking about QM today. So, I’ve decided to leave that alone for now and tell you about something a little different. I’ve been telling you about the rise of National Mortgage Insurance for some time now. Today there’s more good news on this front. Here’s the story:
****National Mortgage Insurance has received approval to write mortgage insurance in the key state of New York, moving the new private mortgage insurer closer to its targeted launch in the first quarter of this year. The company has applied for licensing in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and recently received approvals from several other significant states, including North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia. National MI is now licensed in 22 states, as well as the District of Columbia.
****These 23 jurisdictions collectively represent 52 percent of the potential private mortgage insurance market in the country, according to National MI estimates. “We’ve made great strides in our goal to provide mortgage insurance to home buyers throughout the country, as evidenced by our approval in a substantial number of states with significant market share,” said Bradley Shuster, president and CEO of National MI.
****In June, National MI was approved to participate in an accelerated licensing process sponsored by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). The company is also seeking approvals from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to commence writing insurance, according to Glen Corso, general counsel of National MI.
****New York represents a sizable percentage of the country’s private mortgage insurance market, making the state’s approval noteworthy, Corso said. North Carolina’s approval also marked a crucial achievement for National MI, he added. “As home to several private mortgage insurance companies, North Carolina is widely regarded as one of the most significant states in terms of mortgage insurance regulation,” he said.
****Earlier this year, NMI Holdings, Inc. raised $550 million in private capital for the new venture. National MI was founded by Shuster and Jay Sherwood, executive vice president and chief financial officer of the company.
Tony Garritano is chairman and founder at PROGRESS in Lending Association. As a speaker Tony has worked hard to inform executives about how technology should be a tool used to further business objectives. For over 10 years he has worked as a journalist, researcher and speaker in the mortgage technology space. Starting this association was the next step for someone like Tony, who has dedicated his career to providing mortgage executives with the information needed to make informed technology decisions. He can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.