ACES Q1 2023 Mortgage QC Trends Report Finds Critical Defect Rate Declines for Second Consecutive Quarter

Lenders advised to remain vigilant to ensure downward trend continues

Published September 21, 2023

DENVER, Colo., Sept. 21, 2023—ACES Quality Management® (ACES), the leading provider of enterprise quality management and control software for the financial services industry, announced the release of its quarterly ACES Mortgage QC Industry Trends Report covering the first quarter (Q1) of 2023. The latest report analyzes post-closing quality control data derived from ACES Quality Management & Control® software.

Notable findings from the Q1 2023 report include the following:

"While the drop in origination volume has challenged the industry, it has also enabled underwriting and QC teams to be more diligent with each loan file, resulting in higher loan quality. The continued decline in the overall critical defect rate on the heels of last year's historic high indicates lenders have not let the desire for volume override the need to reduce errors and mitigate risk," said ACES Executive Vice President Nick Volpe. "With the recent changes to Fannie Mae's pre-funding QC reviews and post-closing QC cycle times, time will tell in the following quarters how diligent lenders have been in maintaining loan quality and investor requirements."

Findings for the Q1 2023 ACES Mortgage QC Industry Trends Report are based on post-closing quality control data derived from the ACES Quality Management and Control® benchmarking system and incorporate data from prior quarters and/or calendar years, where applicable. All reviews and defect data evaluated for the report were based on loan audits selected by lenders for full file reviews.

"The tough decision lenders were faced with at the beginning of the year appear to be paying off. Lenders reported a pre-tax, per-loan net loss of $1,972 in Q1. This result is an improvement over Q4 2022's record $2,812 per-loan loss and reverses the trend of production losses that began in Q4 2020," said ACES CEO Trevor Gauthier. "We expect this data to continue to improve in the coming quarters. Making strategic investments in tech and optimizing operations – especially in QC – can have a significant impact on protecting existing revenue amidst challenging market conditions."

The Mortgage QC Industry Trends Reports are available for download, free of charge, at

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