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KeyBank Senior Mortgage Underwriter - Remote in Amherst, New York

Senior Mortgage Underwriter - RemoteinAmherst, NYatKeyBank

Date Posted: 10/17/2020

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type: Full-Time

  • Location: 4224 Ridge Lea Road Amherst, NY

  • Date Posted: 10/17/2020

About Us

Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, KeyCorp (Key) is one of the nation s largest financial services companies. Key provides investment management, retail and commercial banking, consumer finance and investment banking products to individuals and companies throughout the United States and, for certain businesses, internationally.

Our goal is to be the best regional bank in the U.S. What that means is we put our clients needs first and take a customized approach to meeting those needs. At Key we ve made a promise to our clients that they will always have a champion in us. To deliver on that promise, we re committed to building a team of engaged employees who do the right thing for our clients and help them achieve their financial goals each and every day.

Job Description

This position is 100% remote/work from home capable from any state


The Mortgage Senior Underwriter is responsible for reviewing, analyzing and approving residential loan applications. The Mortgage Senior Underwriter is also responsible for verifying income, assets, credit and collateral documents including self-employed personal and business tax returns. The Mortgage Senior Underwriter may be involved in one or several types of mortgage lending (agency conventional, portfolio conventional, FHA/VA MI etc.). This position will also lend support to other underwriters on complex loan submissions. Lending authority to include conventional, government and jumbo loan programs for up to $750,000. Excellent phone and communication skills and a value of providing superior customer service to internal and external customers required. An exemplary customer service oriented attitude and the ability to work effectively in a Team Environment is essential.


Evaluate creditworthiness of borrows in order to render a credit decision. This includes but is not limited to the review of paystubs, W2 s, financial statements, tax returns, asset statements, bank account statements, credit reports etc.

Must ensure all loans meet or exceed corporate credit policy and be in compliance with the Ability to Repay (ATR) and Qualified Mortgage provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act.

Ensure compliance with appropriate company and Agency/Investor/FHA/VA guidelines.

Review transmittal & 1003 to make sure it is accurate and complete and matches the final AUS findings

Review credit report and compare to liabilities on 1003. Verify the investor guidelines for outstanding derogatory items and requirement payment or satisfaction if needed.

Calculate income/self-employed cash flow using documentation and methodology required per investor, and CFPB regulations. Analyze the business s financial strength by examining annual earnings to determine stability and validity. Income must be verifiable, stable and ongoing.

Review assets to ensure adequate funds to close and required reserves. Ability to analyze bank statements for any recent large deposits and possible other debts that might impact ATR.

Review appraisal to ensure the report is accurate, complete and the value is supported and the collateral is acceptable. Recognize when additional field reviews may be necessary to support value

Ability to review Condo/PUD projects to ensure they meet salable or non warrantable guidelines

Review file to make sure state regulatory guidelines have been met and federal (patriot act)

Calculate net tangible benefit for those states that require this test

Ensure all tax, title, insurance and closing documentation is accurate and complete

Verify that the rate lock matches the underwriting file with the correct program, LTV, credit score and pre-payment penalty

Review final conditions submitted to Underwriting Final Approval within SLA

Re-review all Suspended loans within SLA

Review a minimum number of files per month as determined by management which would include new submissions, re-submissions & final conditions

Maintain current and fluid knowledge of investor and agency guidelines and adapt to changes quickly

Communicate effectively and engages proactively with mortgage loan officers, processors, branch managers, funders and post-closers in regards to loan decisions, assignment of loan conditions, investor guidelines/documentation requirements and possible loan scenarios

Assists in the training of Key Bank Mortgage employees as needed

Perform other related duties as assigned

Work “underwriting help desk on a rotational basis answering emails and phone calls from the sales force.

Demonstrate exceptional service philosophy in all interactions with internal peers and partners

Perform second level review on loans recommended for denial. Evaluate the application to determine if there are any other products or alternative terms available before issuance of denial.

Perform Second Level One up Reviews on those loans recommended for approval above someone s lending authority.

Once approved, has lending authority up to $750,000


Bachelor s Degree or equivalent work experience

5+ years of recent Mortgage Underwriting Experience (FHA, VA and Conventional) with strong agency guideline knowledge

DE, SAR and LAPP certifications strongly preferred ; experience with USDA is a plus

Strong working knowledge of ATR/QM Requirements

Proven knowledge of Mortgage Insurance Guidelines and rates

Working knowledge of Empower LOS is a plus

Strong analytical skills; accuracy, consistency and completeness is critical

Ability to work in a fast paced, fluid environment and be held to meet minimum production standards

High integrity and outstanding work ethic

Strong computer skills; proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook

Must have proficient written and verbal communication skills

Proven knowledge of compliance and disclosure requirements

Proven knowledge of closing, post-closing & quality control responsibilities


KeyCorp is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer committed to engaging a diverse workforce and sustaining an inclusive culture. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

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