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Meridian Finance helps prospective homeowners of substantial means to find low-cost financing and assists existing homeowners in refinancing their current loans at lower interest rates. Meridian works only for customers with excellent borrowing capacity. Hence, Meridian is able to obtain a loan for every customer with whom it decides to work.
Meridian charges clients 0.5% of the loan amount it arranges. In 2011, the average loan amount per customer was $238,800. In 2012, the average loan amount was $240,252. In its 2013 flexible-budgeting system, Meridian assumes the average loan amount will be $240,000.
Budgeted cost data per loan application for 2013 are:
• Professional labour: 6 budgeted hours at a budgeted rate of $48 per hour
• Loan filing fees: budgeted at $120 per loan application
• Creditworthiness checks: budgeted at $144 per loan application
• Courier mailings: budgeted at $60 per loan application Office support (the costs of leases, administrative staff, and others) is budgeted to be $37,200 per month. Meridian Finance views this amount as a fixed cost.
REQUIRED
1. Prepare a static budget for November 2013 assuming 90 loan applications.
2. Actual loan applications in November 2013 were 120. Other actual data for November 2010 were:
• Professional labour: 7.2 hours per loan application at $50.40 per hour
• Loan filing fees: $120 per loan application
• Creditworthiness checks: $150 per loan application
• Courier mailings: $64.80 per loan application Office support costs for November 2013 were $40,200. The average loan amount for November 2013 was $268,800. Meridian received its 0.5% fee on all loans. Prepare a Level 2 variance analysis of Meridian Finance for November 2013. Meridian's output measure in its flexible-budgeting system is the number of loan applications.


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