Credit Union:

Region: WA

Type: Staff

Contact: Beau Cohen

Closing: 10/31/2020

Job Description:

WECU is seeking a Real Estate Loan Underwriter to join our team in Whatcom county. In this role you will deliver a quality member experience through efficient, knowledgeable, and timely residential mortgage underwriting. Act as a centralized underwriter and resource for the real estate loan staff. Review and render decisions on loan requests including but not limited to the following: home equity, land, manufactured home loans, construction financing, and first mortgages and other conventional and government financing. Loan decision must be in compliance with WECU procedures and guidelines, agency, secondary market guidelines and compliance with Washington State law.


-Review initial application packets for conditional approval before returning to a Real Estate Loan Processor.
-Communicate relevant product, service, and policy information to staff.
-Ensure accuracy of income, asset and liability figures listed by the applicant by reconciling all income documents including tax returns, asset statements and credit reports to the application.
-Ensure that all loans are underwritten, documented, and priced to meet WECU, agency, or investor guidelines. Underwriting review is inclusive of fraud detection and guidelines.
-Review loan to ensure all approval conditions have been satisfied, documents are complete and loan information is properly processed into the computer before signing takes place.
-Remain current on changes within the legal, regulatory, economic, competitive and technology environment that may affect real estate lending functions.
-Keep current on secondary market guidelines using appropriate resources and research.
-Assist with training new real estate employees and employees coming for cross-training
-Keep informed about credit union history, philosophy and changes to organizational policies and procedures by participating in staff and operational meetings.
-Review subordination and partial release requests and recommend decision.
-Suggest new products and services to Underwriting Supervisor and Real Estate Loan Production Manager and assist in the implementation.
-Review real estate policies and procedures. Assist in keeping the Real Estate Loan Manual on the Intranet current.
-Ensure the confidentiality and security of all real estate loans.
-Follows policy and procedures related to Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), Anti-Money Laundering (AML), Customer Identification Program (CIP) and Customer Due Diligence (CDD) daily to ensure compliance with current regulations.
-Follow policy and procedures related to SARs by monitoring and reporting suspicious activity to the Compliance department. Notify immediate supervisor of any substantive discrepancies with respect to information obtained under the CIP, including fraudulent identification, fraudulent applications, etc.
-Complete mandatory BSI and other assigned annual training via online web course to include BSA/AML annual training.
-Perform specific and delegated duties as assigned by management. 

-Excellent organizational, reasoning, verbal and written communication skills.
-Minimum 2+ years underwriting experience or 4 years of experience in a related field with equal responsibilities is acceptable.
-Familiarity with mortgage products and underwriting procedures.
-Familiarity with federal and state guidelines. 

NOTE: Job descriptions are not intended, and should not be construed to be exhausted lists of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with a job. 


WECU is a not for profit financial cooperative where members are encouraged to save and borrow responsibly at fair and competitive rates. Headquartered in Bellingham, WA, WECU has 11 branches, over 126,000 members, and over 1.6 billion dollars in assets. 

It is WECU’s mission to make a meaningful difference in the lives of our members. We strive to treat both members and staff with honesty and integrity and to be a socially responsible part of our community. WECU also endeavors to be an employer of choice. WECU is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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