Ben Lane is the Senior Financial Reporter for HousingWire. In this role, he helps set a leading pace for news coverage spanning the issues driving the U.S. housing economy. Previously, he worked for TownSquareBuzz, a hyper-local news service. He is a graduate of University of North Texas.
Kathleen Zadareky, who currently serves as the deputy assistant secretary for single-family housing for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, will soon leave that position and join the private sector with SunTrust Mortgage.
Another one of the vestiges of Countrywide's past is about to disappear, as Bank of America is set to close and sell a facility in Ft. Worth, Texas that once housed as many as 3,000 Countrywide employees. But the move will not lead to any job cuts, according a report from the Dallas Morning News.
Freddie Mac announced recently that it plans to sell $783 million in non-performing loans that are currently held in its investment portfolio as part of its third NPL sale of 2016. Here are the details.
Researchers from the Urban Institute are already on the record with their view that more pools of non-performing loans need to be sold to private investors, but a new article posted on the Urban Institute's Urban Wire blog on Housing and Housing Finance suggests that more steps need to be taken to ensure a mutually beneficial result for all parties involved in a non-performing loan sale.
Lost in the shuffle of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit's decision to toss the $1.27 billion penalty against Bank of America was the fact that the court also overturned the fraud charges and voided the $1 million penalty against Rebecca Mairone. Mairone is the same person who the New York Times once referred to as the "face of the housing crisis."
For the third time in 2016, MTGLQ Investors, L.P., a "significant subsidiary" of Goldman Sachs is the winning bidder for a pool of non-performing loans from Fannie Mae. With this latest NPL purchase, MTGLQ Investors officially purchased more than $2.2 billion in non-performing loans from Fannie Mae this year.
HSBC Bank notified a New York state court this week that it plans to file a $420 million lawsuit against Merrill Lynch and Bank of America, claiming that both Merrill Lynch and Bank of America knew a series of Countrywide mortgage loans were toxic and allowed the loans to be securitized nonetheless. Here are all the details.
Prospective homebuyers, especially first-time homebuyers who struggle to save for a down payment, have a new, and significant, outlet they can now turn to when seeking a low down payment mortgage — JPMorgan Chase. Not be outdone by Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase also recently launched its own 3% down mortgage program, albeit much more quietly.
The interest rate for a 30-year mortgage climbed ever so slightly in the last week, but despite the slight increase, May 2016 will still finish up with the lowest average interest rate for any month in the last three years, according to new data from Freddie Mac. Here's the full breakdown.
Last year, American Advisors Group, an Orange, California-based reverse mortgage lender, unveiled a jumbo reverse mortgage program, called the AAG Advantage. The AAG Advantage program initially launched in select states through the company’s retail channel in September. Now, the company is making the AAG Advantage program available to its wholesale partner network in California.
Saddled with legacy systems and burdened with changing regulations, the mortgage industry has been slow to adopt digitization compared to many other industries. Now, however, the industry must provide more transparency to regulators and satisfy consumers while managing tighter margins. In this perfect storm, there’s only one lifeboat — a digital process.
Has the Great Recession launched a new era of renting versus buying that will eventually result in a nation where more people rent their homes than purchase them? Or is the increase in renters these days due to an “over-correction” in the market? According to the latest “State of the Nation’s Housing” report from Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, the U.S., in less than a decade, lost all its homeownership gains of the last 20 years.
Armed with an overall measure of housing market performance relative to long-term trend; an accompanying metric explaining whether that market is overheated or not; and importantly a way to attribute deviations in home prices precisely to selected market variables, market participants would be in a better position to take precautionary actions to limit their exposure in highly volatile markets.