Rate Locks, Mortgage Jobs Up at HomeStreet
As has been the case among its peers, mortgage production declined at HomeStreet Inc. But new business could improve based on a rise in rate locks. Also increasing was mortgage staffing.
COFI Falls to New Depths
The record low that was established in February for the Cost of Funds Index has, yet again, been broken.
More Than a Decade Since Fannie's Business This Bad
It's been at least 13 years since secondary activity at the Federal National Mortgage Association has been this weak. But more than five years have passed since loan performance has been this strong.
CFPB Looking at Easing QM Restriction
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is proposing to make a change that would enable the Qualified Mortgage designation when lenders exceed the fee threshold.
Freddie Fares Worse Than Fannie in Adverse Market
In an extremely adverse economic scenario, Freddie Mac would require more government assistance than its secondary counterpart, a new report says.
Wholesale AE Coached Brokers in Mortgage Fraud
A former account executive at a subprime wholesale lender has been sentenced for her role in a mortgage fraud scheme.
New Wholesale Lender Launches
A company that projects it will originate nearly 40 percent more this year than last year is looking to mortgage brokers to help it achieve its goal.
Homeownership at Lowest Rate in Nearly 2 Decades
It's been nearly two decades since the rate of homeownership has been as low as it was during the first three months of this year. At the same time, rental vacancy is near record low levels.
Another MBS Win for FHFA
The Federal Housing Finance Agency said it reached another settlement over faulty mortgage-backed securities sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Regulators Fall Short on Amended Consent Orders
Federal banking regulators have fallen short in specifying for servicers what foreclosure prevention actions are acceptable for the amended consent orders.
Crapo Optimistic Despite Delay in GSE Legislation
Although closely watched legislation to reform U.S. housing finance has been delayed, one of the bills co-sponsors is still optimistic.
Home Price Gains Cool
Higher home prices, rising interest rates and severe weather held back month-over-month increases in home prices, while year-over-year gains cooled.
Distressed Loan Inventory Continues to Fall, REOs Up
Servicers of home loans continue to make progress in reducing the inventory of distressed mortgages, though they still have a ways to go. Helping reduce last month's foreclosure inventory was an up tick in completed foreclosures.
Advancements in Mortgage Servicing Technology
From the back office to the front office, mortgage technology providers are developing products that help residential loan servicers streamline their operations.
Best Online Network Lenders
Ten mortgage firms have been identified as the best at what they do among a network of home lenders that bid for borrowers.
Pending Home Sales Pick Up
Pending sales of U.S. home moved higher in March for the first time in nine months. Activity was fueled by improved weather conditions.
Management Changes in Mortgage Lending
Among several management appointments announced by mortgage firms during the past week were promotions and new hires. One company owner is a semifinalist in a competition for an entrepreneurial award.
Big Losses from Small Bank Failure
A small bank failure last week is expected to generate some hefty losses, while the former owners of a much larger bank that failed six years ago are challenging regulators' decision to close it.
HECM Requirements Updated for Non-Borrowing Spouses
The requirements on federally insured reverse mortgages are being changed to accommodate surviving spouses who are not on the loan when the borrower dies.
The Mortgage Layoff Journal
|FHA, Purchase Financing Increase
New mortgage activity was mostly flat this week, but an up tick was recorded for government-insured business and adjustable-rate mortgage activity.
Layoffs in real estate finance, which were happening at a torrid pace last year, have since slowed considerably. Much of the activity continues to be concentrated among lending behemoths.
Another FDIC Lawsuit Against Former GA Bank Officials
Former directors and officers of another failed Georgia bank have been as defendants in another lawsuit filed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.
Real Estate Appraisal Service Enhancements
A set of reports aims to inform mortgage lenders about complying with recently implemented rules, requirements and regulations. New appraisal services and enhanced versions of existing services promise to improve the valuation process.
Freddie Updates Requirements
The Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. has changed its reporting requirements for seller-servicers. Other updates impact multi-unit residential properties and income on refinances.
FHFA MBS Settlements Nearing $20 Billion
The latest settlement with the Federal Housing Finance Agency brings to nearly $20 billion the amount recovered from losses on non-agency mortgage-backed securities.
Housing Market Metrics Weaken
Higher house prices are keeping homebuyers out of the market and holding back new and existing home sales. Weak conditions have prompted a lowered outlook.
Conforming Rates Increase, Jumbo Spread Inverted
As fixed rates on conforming mortgages rose, jumbo rates were less than their conforming counterparts for the second week in a row.
Mortgage Origination Journal
Home lending might be slowing, but mortgage bankers are still finding plenty to tout. Some still have plans for growth.
Congressman Calls for Crucial HECM Program Changes
A U.S. congressman surprised the reverse mortgage industry when he expressed support for making crucial changes to the home-equity conversion mortgage program.
HUD Enhancing LEAP System
The system used to manage Federal Housing Administration mortgagee approval as well as ongoing mortgagee oversight is being enhanced.
Business, Delinquency Fall to New Depths at Freddie
After falling to levels not seen in at least a decade, new business at the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. deteriorated further. Loan performance, on the other hand, is at its best in five years.
Residential Down Payments Diminish
As home lenders respond to weaker market demand by easing requirements, down payments are dropping and credit scores are deteriorating.
Lenders Being Sought by CFPB to Test E-Closings
In an effort to make the complicated process of closing a home loan easier for consumers, lenders and technology service providers are being sought out to test digital closings.
New Home Sales Sink
New home sales moved sharply lower last month, coming in worse last month than economists had expected. Average new home prices, however moved higher.
Dozens of Mortgage Events Planned for Q2
Nearly 200 mortgage-related events are on the calendar for the second quarter --a big jump from prior periods.
The MSR Trading Journal
The secondary market for mortgage servicing rights has recently seen activity on several agency deals, including some involving commercial real estate loans.
Flagstar Reduces Size of Mortgage Business
Residential loan production declined at Flagstar Bancorp Inc. as mortgage assets were reduced and mortgage staffing was trimmed. While the servicing portfolio expanded, it was still far leaner than a year ago.
Mortgage Compliance Services Address Several Rules
New or enhanced mortgage compliance offerings from multiple service providers promise to address a variety of new rules and regulations.
Home Sales Slow, Could Pick Up
Existing home sales slowed to the weakest pace in nearly two years. But real estate's top economist is predicting that the home market will strengthen.
Mortgage Business Falls Below $1 Billion at Regions
Regions Financial Corp.'s home lending business fell below $1 billion for the first time since Mortgage Daily began tracking its originations. Loan performance improved except for on investor commercial mortgages.
New 4-Yr Low for CMBS Delinquency; Healthcare Leads
Delinquency on securitized commercial real estate loans continued a run of improvement, falling to the lowest rate in more than four years. Out front of the improvement were healthcare property loans.
Ocwen Probed Over Fees to Related Company
Ocwen Financial Corp. is being probed by New York's banking regulator over potentially excessive fees being earned by a related company at the expense of borrower and investors.
Mortgages Performing Best Since 2007
The last time U.S. home loans were performing this well was in 2007, while it's been nearly as long since the foreclosure rate has been so favorable.
The Home Valuation Update
Announcements issued on Monday highlight how mortgage firms will benefit from activity happening in the world of valuation.
LO Sues for Millions in Unpaid Commissions
A federal judge has denied a lender's motion to dismiss a lawsuit alleging a loan originator is owed millions of dollars.
SunTrust Mortgage Closings Lowest in At Least Decade
New mortgage business at SunTrust Banks Inc. dropped to the lowest level in at least a decade.
Mortgage Origination Outlook Cut, Biggest Hit to Refis
Expected home lending levels have been cut for this year and next year, and the forecast for refinances took the biggest hit.
LOs Who Lose Licenses Get Licensed in Other States
Several Executives Land New Jobs at Mortgage Firms
Mortgage loan originators accused of mortgage fraud in one state are finding that they can still originate loans for borrowers in other states.
Many of the latest executive appointments in real estate finance were mid-level managers at mid-sized lenders, servicers and wholesalers. Experience for most of today's leaders is measured in decades.
Mortgage Business Contracts at Fifth Third
Quarterly mortgage originations geared down at Fifth Third Bancorp, while the servicing portfolio was reduced and home loan assets were cut.
Agency MSRs Up for Bid
A small servicing portfolio of agency loans is being marketed for sale. Bids are being accepted for portions of the portfolio.
Former Officials of Failed $2.7 Billion Bank Sued
Former directors and officers of a failed $2.7 billion bank are being sued for loans they made and rules they broke while at the helm of the financial institution.
100s of Additional Mortgage Layoffs at Wells Fargo
The campaign to align staffing levels with mortgage production volume is continuing at Wells Fargo & Co., which has already cut thousands of mortgage jobs.
Guide Launched for Integrated Disclosures
A guide has been made available to help small businesses comply with new combined disclosure requirements that go into effect in less than four months.
Declining Mortgage Rates Poised to Turn Higher
A nice improvement was reported this week for fixed mortgage rates. But some signs suggest an increase is in store for next week's report.
BB&T Mortgage Unit Turns In Respectable Results
Residential loan originations may have been down, but BB&T Corp. grew its servicing portfolio, increased its mortgage investments and lowered its delinquency.
2014, 2015 Origination Forecasts Cut by $80 Billion
The outlook for mortgage production from all U.S. lenders during 2014 and 2015 was reduced by $80 billion compared to last month's forecast.
AMC Giant Acquired
An appraisal management company that claims to be among the biggest of its kind has been acquired by an insurance product provider.
Mixed Mortgage Metrics at Huntington
Although mortgage earnings and originations were weaker at Huntington Bancshares Inc., the mortgage servicing portfolio expanded, residential assets increased, and delinquency declined.
Getting the Most from Home Appraisals
When it comes to real estate appraisals, prospective borrowers can help or hinder the valuation process. So loan originators might be well advised to pass on a few tips.
PNC Mortgage Production and Delinquency Down
Residential loan production, mortgage assets and home loan delinquency were all lower at The PNC Financial Services Group Inc. Mortgage earnings, meanwhile, swung to a loss.
Closing Rate Rises to Recent High
Last month's closing rate for home loans was the lowest since at least 2011. Loan production employees cut the time it takes to close a loan for the second consecutive month.
Delinquency Better as US Bank Originations Worse
U.S. Bancorp managed to bring down residential delinquency levels but was unable to overcome an industry-wide slump in mortgage production.
HEL Business Continues Higher at BofA
Bank of America Corp., which reported a big loss on mortgage litigation expense, managed to lift home-equity production even as overall originations moved lower.
New Application Form in Works
An updated mortgage application form that is currently in the works promises to provide more industry standardization.
Moderate Decline in Originations at Guild Mortgage
Quarterly business was down at Guild Mortgage Co., though nowhere near as much as at its far bigger rivals.
Fannie Updates Appraisal Requirements
Appraisal policies have been updated at the Federal National Mortgage Association. Impacted areas include required photos, acceptable comparable properties and updated reports.
Home Builder Index Weak
A slight bump in home builder confidence wasn't enough to move sentiment into solid footing even as home-buying season begins. Their long-term outlook, however, is stronger.
BofA Has Biggest Drop in Complaints
Complaints filed against mortgage firms have declined by more than a quarter over the past year. Bank of America Corp. saw the biggest improvement, while Nationstar Mortgage LLC had the steepest incline.
Dallas Delinquency Sinks
Home loans that are regarded as seriously delinquent diminished last month. The Dallas market saw consumer credit performance improve more than in any other major market.
Reverse Mortgage Wholesalers Outperform Retailers
Monthly reverse mortgage volume from wholesale lenders moved higher as retail production slumped. Business exploded at February's busiest reverse lender.
Mortgage Servicers Increase Contact With Late Payers
Home loan servicers are stepping up contact with mortgage borrowers who don't make payments on the due date.
Legislation Would Boost Private Label RMBS Issuance
Legislation that would eliminate the Federal National Mortgage Association and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. could be a boon for non-agency issuance.
Ellie Confirms No Data Breach
While the recent network outage at Ellie Mae Inc. stalled loan closings, the company is assuring customers that no hackers gained access to sensitive information.
Non-QM Jumbo Hits Market
A growing wholesale mortgage lender has introduced a new jumbo product that goes outside the Qualified Mortgage box.
Former Officials at 2 Failed Banks Sued by FDIC
|2014 Is Year of Mergers for Mortgage Firms
Although the number of mortgage-related casualties has significantly declined this past year, wholesale lenders are disappearing at a brisk pace. Meanwhile, mortgage mergers are on the rise.
Two lawsuits recently filed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. bring to 23 the number of failed Georgia banks that have seen former officers and directors sued during the past three years.
Wells Fargo CFO: Mortgage Originations Could Rise
Despite a dramatic downturn in mortgage production at Wells Fargo & Co., the firm's chief financial officer says business could bounce higher.
Citi Production Tumbles, Delinquency Down
Mortgage originations have plummeted by more than 70 percent from a year ago at Citigroup Inc. and were down by more than a third from the prior quarter. But the lender improved performance on its mortgage portfolio.
New Foreclosure Law in Maine
|Mortgage Biz Jumps as Jumbo Rates Under Conforming
An overall improvement in mortgage rates had refinance inquiries surging more than 20 percent. But the bigger news this week was that interest rates on jumbo mortgages were less than conforming rates.
The governor of Maine has signed into law legislation that promises to improve the foreclosure process in the state.
MSRs on Nearly $900 Million in Loans Up for Bid
Mortgage servicing rights on nearly $900 million in agency home loans have been put up for bid.
Loan Modifications Slow to a Trickle
The monthly volume of completed loan modifications sank to smallest number in more than four years -- reflecting a decline in distressed and negative-equity loans.
Mortgage Originations Sink at Wells Fargo
New mortgage business tumbled to the lowest level in more than a decade at Wells Fargo & Co. A decline in junior lien holdings more than offset an increase in first mortgage assets.
Chase Shrinks Mortgage Business
Home lending fell to the lowest level during any quarter in at least 11 years at JPMorgan Chase & Co. The company also cut its servicing portfolio, reduced its mortgage assets and eliminated mortgage jobs.
Danish Secondary Model Offers Alternative
An alternative to the mortgage finance overhaul proposals currently being discussed in Congress is the Danish mortgage banking model.
Mortgage Rates Improve, Might Fall More
Some worse-than-expected U.S. employment news placed downward pressure on interest rates for home loans. Bond market activity suggests a further decline could be ahead.
Banks Scoop Up Mortgage Bankers
A trio of recent mortgage banking deals were made by banks, and one involves a former Wells Fargo & Co. joint venture.
MBS Issuance Slows to a Trickle at Ginnie
New business had already fallen to the lowest level in nearly six years at the Government National Mortgage Association, but last month it went even lower. Deterioration would have been deeper were it not for an uptick in jumbo and reverse mortgage issuances.
Mortgage Bankers Cut 2014 Purchase Finance Forecast
Diverse Topics Tackled at Upcoming Mortgage Events
The nation's mortgage bankers lopped $15 billion off expected purchase financing originations for this year, cutting into the overall annual outlook.
Topics being covered at upcoming mortgage conferences include bankruptcy, secondary marketing and loan servicing. Diversity is the focus of one event.
Study Indicates Mortgage Discrimination in Twin Cities
Minority loan applicants in Minneapolis-St. Paul, or loan applicants whose properties are located in Twin Cities minority neighborhoods, are more likely than their white counterparts to be denied for a loan.
QM Compliance Service Providers Out in Force
Mortgage lenders have a treasure trove of resources when it comes to maintaining compliance with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Qualified Mortgage and Ability to Repay rules.
Builder's Mortgage Unit Acquires Retail Originator
Just a month after announcing it would eliminate wholesale lending from its business, Universal American Mortgage Company LLC is acquiring retail mortgage banking assets.
Home Lending Products Performing Well
Performance improved during the final three months of last year on bank-owned home lending products, though mobile home loans didn't fare so well.
Reverse Mortgage Business Launched
A new division has 360 Mortgage Group LLC originating reverse mortgages and offering a reverse mortgage processing platform.
Fmr CFPB Official's Firm to Offer Wholesale Non-QMs
A company founded by a former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau official has agreed to a merger that has it providing non-Qualified Mortgage through the wholesale channel.
Annual Commercial Mortgage Originations Increase
With banks and multifamily originators leading the way, commercial mortgage production for the entire country was up by more than a fifth last year.
Feedback Sought for New FHA Handbook
Stakeholders have one month to provide feedback on a new policy handbook being proposed for the Federal Housing Administration.
MGIC M.I. Metrics Improve in March
For the first time in eight month, new business improved at MGIC Guaranty Insurance Corp. The delinquency rate hit a five-year low.
Radian Reverses 7-Month Decline
After contracting for seven consecutive months, business turned higher at Radian Guaranty Inc. Delinquency continued a long-term trend of improvement.
Jumbo Lending Grows as Low Balance Business Subsides
A minor improvement last month brought to four the number of consecutive months that credit conditions in the business of home financing have improved. Jumbo activity is growing as low-end financing retreats.
Underwriter Wins Appeal in Overtime Lawsuit
A federal appeals court has brought a mortgage underwriter's lawsuit back to life after the case was dismissed more than two years ago.
FHFA Reaches Settlement With Chicago
A settlement between the city of Chicago and the Federal Housing Finance Agency puts lingering issues to rest.
Citi Agrees to Settle Repurchase Claims for $1 Bil
Citigroup Inc. has agreed to pay more than $1 billion to settle repurchase claims on non-agency securities.
New Record Low (Again) for MTA ARM Index
There is no end in sight for new record lows being set by the Monthly Treasury Average -- which again fell to the lowest level ever.
Mortgage Regulatory Issues Trump Banks' Volume Concerns
Banks are far more preoccupied with regulatory issues than an expected decline in home loan originations, according to a survey that also identified the biggest aggregators and top providers of origination and underwriting technology.
Anti-Crapo Ads Aimed at Protecting GSE Shareholders
Negative advertisements targeting senators who support potential legislation to overhaul U.S. mortgage finance are designed to protect the interests of government-sponsored enterprise shareholders.
Market Segment Offers Opportunity
Monthly mortgage production fell to the lowest level in more than a decade, but opportunity lurks in one segment of the market. Cash sales have kept real estate sales moving, while foreclosure starts sank due to new rules.
Nationstar Executive Joins loanDepot
A top executive at Nationstar Mortgage LLC's retail lending subsidiary has jumped ship and joined another fast growing company.
Mortgage Lenders Have LOS Options
|Active HAMP Book Expands
Government supported loan modifications that have been completed and are still active grew despite declines at three major financial institutions.
At the top of the headlines for loan origination systems is the recent service outage at Ellie Mae. A range of other LOS providers have been touting new clients, including a reverse mortgage lender, and product integrations with providers of appraisal services and risk mitigation.
Brokers Sustain Month's Mortgage Employment
Even though U.S. job growth has accelerated, it still was less than investors were hoping for. Monthly mortgage industry staffing was mildly lower but could have been worse were it not for brokers.
Bankruptcies Rise 3 Months in a Row
Bankruptcy case volume was up more than a quarter in a single month and has deteriorated for three consecutive months.
Rates Creep Up, Could Keep Climbing
Mortgage rates had a slight bounce this week and are on a trajectory to move even higher, though a weak employment report could change that.
Study Suggests Elimination of GSEs Could Push Up Rates
A recent study suggests that housing finance reform could have a significant impact on mortgage rates. But even factoring in such increases, mortgage rates would still be lower than they've been for most of the past five decades.
Mortgage Firm Raises Over $3 Million in Capital
The parent of a national mortgage company has obtained more than $3 million in equity investments which it will use for recruiting, among other things.
Valuation Services Being Acquired
A mortgage service provider that helps home lenders manage their risk is unloading its suite of home valuation services. The acquirer also picked up a compliance company.
Distressed Loan Share Diminishes
It's been half a decade since delinquency rates and foreclosure inventory levels have been this low. Nearly 5 million foreclosures have been completed since the onset of the financial crisis.
Service Providers Enhance Appraisal Quality
A number of enhanced offerings are aimed at upgrading the quality of valuation reports. Several improvements are being accomplished through alliances and partnerships.
Top Commercial Mortgage Lenders
The annual ranking of commercial real estate lenders is out, and the largest CRE lenders are also the top residential lenders. Rankings were also presented by investor type.
CFPB Report Card Says Supervision Needs Improvement
A Consumer Financial Protection Bureau watchdog has issued a report offering a dozen recommendations to help the agency improve its supervision.
LPS Defending Itself Against County's Lawsuit
A recently amended lawsuit by an Indiana county alleges LPS Real Estate Solutions Inc. bypassed the county's login system and avoided fees.
Warehouse Lender Agrees to Be Acquired
The parent of warehouse lender Southwest Securities, FSB, has reached an agreement to be acquired in a move that will create one of the largest Texas banks.
Walter Investment Unit Drives Drop in HECM Production
A steep decline in the monthly volume of government-insured reverse mortgages closed by Walter Investment Management Corp.'s reverse lending subsidiary was enough to drive the entire sector lower.
CFPB Complaints Nearly Double in 2013
Complaints nearly doubled last year for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and mortgage borrowers were behind many of them.
Survey Provides Insight Into Loan Originators
Most loan originators are happy with their current employers, and their reasons why vary. For those who are considering a change, recruiters should consider two factors.
Ellie Fighting Network Outage
On the last day of last month, Ellie Mae Inc.'s services went down and have yet to be fully restored. The technology service provider is utilizing social media to communicate information to its customer base.
Broad Improvement in CMBS Delinquency
Loan performance on securitized commercial real estate loans was better across all property types, though late payments on loans secured by office properties improved most.
Biggest Mortgage Loan Originators
The top-producing loan originator in the country closed an average of more than $50 million in home loans per month last year. All of the 10 largest producers closed more than $0.2 billion in 2013.
HECM Lenders Settle With HUD
Bank of America Corp., which has been out of the reverse mortgage business for years, was among two companies to settle charges of violating guidelines on government-insured reverse mortgages.
Tool IDs Housing Market Health in Biggest MSAs
A new real estate tool claims to measure the health of local housing markets. Data is not available, however, for all metropolitan areas.
Agency Issuance at Lowest Level Since at Least 2005
Last month's volume of new business at the housing finance agencies rolled back to levels not seen since at least 2005.