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Dark Christmas Turns White for Calif Mortgage Company
While the Grinch may have tried to spoil Christmas for a group of abused children and the mortgage company whose employees had collected gifts for them, local media and the community enabled the story to have a happy ending.
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Freddie's November Business Tumbles
Freddie Mac's November new business purchases plunged to the lowest point this year.
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Industry Icons
What a year for the mortgage industry. 2003 will be remembered as a year of record production and low interest rates, accounting scandals, and the passage of downpayment legislation. But it was the people of the industry that defined 2003. Here are's five icons of the industry and what roles they played in this historic year.
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Activity Eases as Rates Improve
Mortgage loan applications took a breather, as the country braces for the repercussions from a deadly disease that has reached U.S. shores.
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Investors Duped With Mortgages in Las Vegas Case
The feds have cracked down on what they describe as a $48 million real estate Ponzi scheme operating out of Nevada.
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Fed Study Says Fannie, Freddie Lower Consumer Mortgage Costs by Only 7 BPS
Although Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae were primarily created to provide liquidity to the national mortgage market and lower the costs of homeownership, a new study suggests their implicit federal subsidy scantly benefits homeowners, but largely prospers shareholders.
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Single Call Can Improve Sales
Industry Commentary by Dave Hershman -- For our marketing to be consistent and successful we must combine pipeline management with our marketing activities.
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Apps Ascend as Rates Relent
While inflation takes a vacation, long-term rates slipped for the second consecutive week and more people applied for home mortgages.
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Industry, Bush Praise Passage of American Dream Act
President George W. Bush has signed legislation that provides $200 million to help as many as 40,000 low-income families with down payment and closing costs.
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Fannie Business Volume Off by Nearly Half Since September
Fannie Mae's business volume sank further in November.
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CSFB Mortgage Trading Exec Out After Huge Hedge Losses
The former head of Credit Suisse First Boston's mortgage-trading division left the company amid huge losses just two weeks after he was forced to relinquish some control in a po
wer-sharing shakeup.
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Alphonso Jackson HUD Secretary Nominee
President Bush's nominee to fill the vacant cabinet post at HUD has a heated history in Dallas.
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Refis Tumble, 30-Year Under 6%
Amid uncertainty, rates fell below six percent again, while mortgage loan application activity declined for the second week in a row.
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Prime, Subprime Delinquency Plunges
While the foreclosure inventory remained flat during the third quarter, more borrowers paid their mortgages on time -- resulting in the lowest delinquency rate in three years -- an industry report said.
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Lenders Settle With HUD for Aiding in Fraud Scheme
Two Massachusetts-based lenders that lent money to developers accused of running a sham land scheme have reached settlements with the federal government that could save borrowers as much as $38 million.
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Countrywide Production Continues 4-Month Decline
One of the nation's largest mortgage lenders reported loan production fell further in November.
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Former AMEX Chairman to Head Freddie
A scandal-plagued government sponsored housing enterprise has tapped the former chairman of the American Stock Exchange to help it reestablish investor credibility.
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More People Exit Mortgage Lending
The government's latest monthly employment report shows there were 4,700 less people working in mortgage-related jobs in October, compared to September.
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Bright Economic Outlook Dampening Mortgage Activity
While the long Thanksgiving weekend slowed mortgage application activity, rates rose slightly, and speculation of a better economy will keep them on an incline, analysts say.
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E*TRADE, Bank of America Rank High Online
According to a new study, a Menlo Park, Calif.-based company reigned supreme in easing the process of one of the most complex and daunting tasks on the Internet -- applying fo
r a mortgage online.
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AVM Usage to Reach 17% by 2008
Everything else is going high-tech, so why not appraisals?
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Industry Profits Soar in '02
Profits rose for the mortgage industry in 2002, reported the Mortgage Bankers Association of America.
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COFI Users Perk Up
The popular 11th District average cost of funds index, known as the COFI, continued its descent in October.
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2004 Conforming Loan Limits Set
Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae announced they will be eligible to finance larger-sized home loans in 2004.
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Developers Duped in NYC Scheme
Avram "Avi" Lebor had a deal that sounded too good to be true.
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Even When Credit Score Considered, Study Says Minority Loan Terms Worse
Despite having similar credit scores, borrowers living in minority or elderly areas get higher-cost loans, a study found. However, one economist disputes how much the report reflects lending today.
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Average Home Equity Line Up
Home equity line and loan production grew in 2003, said the Consumer Bankers Association.
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Fannie Purchasing 95% Mfg Housing Loans From Some Lenders
Poised to maintain liquidity in a troubled housing sector, Fannie Mae announced it will swerve from the manufactured housing LTV requirement it previously imposed on 30-year mortgages.
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Fannie Poised to Dive Deeper into Subprime
Despite a slowed economy, Fannie Mae said it is in a suitable position to continue expanding its activity in the higher-risk loan market.
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Hot Tip: Subprime Stocks
Want a good stock tip? Invest in the subprime mortgage market next year. That's the word on the street from financial analysts who follow the companies that make subprime loans.
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Subprime Fundings Edge Down at Countrywide
Subprime loan production nudged down at Countrywide Financial Corporation.
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2nd Monthly Decline at New Century
Mortgage production stepped further down the ladder at New Century Financial Corporation, but the company remained positive that it will reach its 2003 vol
ume target.
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Borrowers at Risk of Foreclosure to Benefit from Settlement
Household announced it reached a proposed multimillion-dollar settlement with ACORN and a series of borrowers in a lawsuit relating to its U.S. mortgage lending practices.
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Subprime Sales Up at HR Block Sub
Option One Mortgage Corporation's latest financial results showed an increase in subprime loan originations.
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FHA 203k, Reverse Mortgage Funds Dry Up
FHA has run out of funding to endorse certain single-family loans insured under the GISRI Fund program, said the Mortgage Bankers Association of America.
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Reverse Limits Bumped
In January, seniors will be able to qualify for larger reverse mortgage loans, announced the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association
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Vestin CEO Looking to Go Private
The CEO of a publicly traded Las Vegas commercial mortgage firm has notified the board of directors he intends to take the company private.
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HUD Multifamily Limits to Rise
New multifamily loan limits were approved with the passage of the American Dream Down
payment Act.
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Wachovia Acquires U.S. Commercial Operations of Australian Real Estate Giant
Wachovia Bank N.A. announced that its multifamily unit has acquired the U.S.-based commercial mortgage lending division of Lend Lease Corp. Ltd.
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Divine DSCRs
Recent commercial mortgage transactions.
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Chicago Luxury Condo Development Foreclosed & Sold
An Atlanta developer has taken control of the unsold units in a near south side Chicago luxury condominium foreclosed on by Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.
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Fitch Warns About Participated Loan Structures
Recent CMBS ratings news.
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