Michigan First

  • Government Mortgage Underwriter

    Location : Location US-MI-Lathrup Village
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  • Responsibilities


    The Mortgage Underwriter is an advanced-level position within Michigan First Mortgage.  The Mortgage Underwriter is responsible for reviewing loan submissions to ensure that they meet agency, investor and/or Company guidelines and evaluate the loan in such a way as to maximize company profit, minimize company risk exposure and provide a positive member experience.



    • Reviews new loan submissions and conditions ensuring they meet the applicable guidelines.  Resourceful and skillful use of internal and external (e.g., agency) policies, procedures, guidelines and tools is essential to success in this role [e.g., automated underwriting systems such as Desktop Underwriter (DU) and loan prospector (LP) as well as agency handbooks and selling guides]
    • Ensures that Company operating standards are met according to policies and procedures, as well as service level standards
    • Reviews applications and all pertinent disclosures to ensure compliance with all Federal, State and investor requirements are met
    • Reviews property appraisal reports, as well as internal and external tools, for evaluating acceptable collateral and value
    • Analyzes documentation such as credit, income, assets, appraisal and title to make sound underwriting decisions based on this analysis
    • Reviews documentation within Company paperless system (e.g., Encompass) and ensures documents are properly classified and organized
    • Makes quality underwriting decisions while maintaining Company turn-time expectations
    • Reviews and clears conditions on all loans to ensure a complete loan package prior to closing
    • Utilizes proprietary and on-line tools (e.g., Fraudguard to help combat fraudulent activity and ensure quality loan decisions)
    • Communicates across various team channels with clear and concise language to ensure laymen understanding of requirements relative to originating a saleable loan
    • Engages specific strategies (e.g., determines appropriate individuals for problem resolution, etc.) to resolve customer (internal and external) questions and concerns
    • Continually reviews underwriting environment, and suggests improvement opportunities to management
    • Acts as a recognized subject matter expert within the Company and partners with management on underwriting-related issues by providing analytical support, and counseling advice for their functional areas
      Becomes/is an advocate of The Michigan First Way, supporting all facets of it, including complete fulfillment of Our Promise, 5 STARS Service, SOLVE IT and our ISMs.  Fosters a positive demeanor and image through professional representation in all contacts with both, team members and members.  Consistently reflects and displays each of our “ISMs” in daily job performance, as well as in all business interactions while executing on our goals and initiatives. 
    • Learns and utilizes EMEC (Every Member’s Experience Counts) in day-to-day responsibilities when communicating with members only.
    • Special projects, as assigned



    • Intermediate knowledge in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and Internet Explorer
    • Expert knowledge of conventional (e.g., Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac), FHA, & VA (Credit required, SAR preferred) required.  MSHDA, and USDA preferred but not required
    • Proficiency of Encompass a plus
    • Exceptional customer service
    • Underwriter designation certification (HUD DE, VA SAR)
    • Ability to communicate effectively with all levels
    • Ability to positively project the Company and department
    • Associate’s degree with an emphasis in business administration, finance, accounting or related field of study or equivalent combination of training experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential functions of the job

    Three + years previous experience in a similar roll


    Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

    • Bachelor’s degree in business or higher education
    • Seven + years previous experience in a similar role
    • Outstanding interpersonal relationship building skills

    Who We Are

    Michigan First Credit Union was founded more than 90 years ago by educators and now delivers world-class service to more than 140,000+ members at our branches throughout Michigan, and we’re growing! We offer financial solutions for every life stage and seek to positively transform our members’ lives through personalized service that meets their unique needs.


    Simply put, Michigan First Credit Union’s sole mission is to provide the highest quality member experience. Working here, you’ll get to participate in a strong culture centered around service, professionalism, and growth. The perks are pretty cool, too – we’re consistently named as a 101 Best & Brightest Place to Work (nationally!) as well as several other local workplace awards, mainly because of our competitive pay, excellent benefits package, and supportive policies.


    Michigan First highlights:

    • 400+ team members
    • 26 branches by 2019 spanning the Lansing area, Grand Rapids and Metro Detroit.
    • Industry leader in community support and charitable giving through the Michigan First Foundation
    • Member Services Call Center operates 24/7/365
    • Current assets of more than $920 million



    Michigan First Credit Union has been the proud recipient of:

    • 2018 Detroit Free Press Top Workplaces
    • 2018 Best & Brightest in Metro Detroit
    • 2018 Best & Brightest in West Michigan
    • 2018 Best & Brightest in the Nation
    • 2018 Crain’s Coolest Places to Work in Michigan #10 spot out of 100
    • 2018 Channel 4 - Vote for the Best - 1st Place
    • 2018 Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency - Certified Veteran Friendly Employer - Bronze Level 


    Perks of joining our award-winning team include:

    • Competitive pay
    • A low-cost medical, dental, and vision benefit options. Employer-paid life and disability insurance
    • 401(k) - 100% match up to 5% deferral
    • Tuition reimbursement for both Undergraduate and Master’s programs
    • Access to a complimentary concierge service that assists with nearly any item on your to-do list
    • Free, state-of-the-art fitness center at our Evergreen headquarters with exercise equipment, showers and locker rooms
    • Wellness initiatives and events throughout the year to help employees stay healthy
    • Loan discounts for certain secured and unsecured loans and mortgages
    • Opportunities for increases, incentives and profit-sharing, based on performance 




    Michigan First Credit Union is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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