Jacob Gaffney is the Editor-in-Chief of HousingWire and HousingWire.com. He previously covered securitization for Reuters and Source Media in London before returning to the United States in 2009. While in Europe for nearly a decade, he covered bank loans and the high yield market, in addition to commercial paper, student loan, auto and credit card space(s). At HousingWire, he began focusing his journalism on all aspects of the housing and mortgage markets.
Citicorp net income increased to $3.5 billion, from $2.8 billion in the prior year period, primarily driven by the higher revenues as well as lower operating expenses and lower cost of credit. However, this isn't due to expansion in the mortgage market.
As the guard changes in Washington, so does the housing and mortgage finance industries we rely on for making our living. Do you have questions on what the Trump mortgage nation will look like? The editorial department at HousingWire gathered housing finance experts to answer all your questions. Don't miss your chance to get in on the action, completely FREE.
Referrals accounted for approximately 9% of mortgage originations in 2016, Wells Fargo CFO Tim Sloan said during an earnings call. He added that the bank expects lower referrals in the fourth quarter will reduce funding volumes in the first quarter by approximately 2.5%.
The expected next director of HUD, Dr. Ben Carson, is transitioning through the nomination process. So who will serve in the meantime? This guy will. Plus a full update on our favorite Ponzi schemer, Bernie Madoff. You won't believe what he is up to in prison.
Back in 2013, an internal memo, recently published by The Intercept, urged top officials in then-Attorney General Kamala Harris’s office to sue OneWest Bank over allegations of foreclosure violations in the state of California. Donald Trump’s nominee for Treasury secretary, Steve Mnuchin, ran OneWest Bank from 2009 to 2015. And now, a spokesman for him on behalf of the presidential transition team is calling that leaked memo "meritless."
Here's the earlier coverage of that notorious memo which attempted to get the Calif. AG to sue OneWest Bank over allegations of foreclosure violations, which included backdating mortgage documents to speed up foreclosures and manipulating the results of home auctions.
In "The Tragic Downfall of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau," Ronald Rubin, a former enforcement attorney at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and former chief advisor on regulatory policy at the House Financial Services Committee, highlights what he calls the heavy politicization of the CFPB. In doing so, Rubin also just confirmed the worst fears of the mortgage industry.
Michael DeMasi, a reporter for the Albany Business Review, profiled Miguel Berger, president of Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Tech Valley in Colonie, New York. Berger and his son developed software for Amazon's virtual assistants — Echo, Echo Dot and Tap — that gives buyers a hands-free way to search for homes, DeMasi explains.
The Wall Street Journal's Markets section today discussed a shift from investments in stocks over to bonds. The authors say investors are “recalibrating their conviction” in the Trump trade, a term used to describe market volatility in the wake of the presidential election outcome.
According to Jack Guttenberg Professor of Finance Emeritus at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania writing in the Huffington Post, Democrats may find it troubling to get the “foreclosure king” label to stick, primarily due to a level of misreporting in the media.
While other state and federal regulatory bodies overlap in their regulation of the mortgage industry, the very particular consumer focus of the CFPB is not duplicated by any other body. Will deregulation mean a return to the Wild West lending atmosphere that led to the financial crisis? What happens next? We asked John Socknat, partner at Ballard Spahr, to weigh in on what mortgage lenders and servicers can expect from a Trump administration.
Amid the potential new direction from the White House, Congress and regulators, leadership in our industry is more important than ever. Which is why HousingWire is proud to present the 40 winners of our 2016 Vanguard award. These leaders from all segments of the mortgage ecosphere demonstrate that our industry is more than capable of meeting the challenges that lie ahead.
The marketplace is full of hard and private money lenders — it will come down to who can best assist investors in completing their goals, whether that be by providing quicker close times, or with more accurate valuations. With how many options there are for borrowers, lenders will need to start competing for marketshare as borrowers shop their situations to multiple lenders, leveraging the offers against each other. This process will force lenders to update their guidelines, or be forced out of the market.