So far 2014 is turning into a mixed bag for nonbank financial firms focused on the mortgage sector. And it's not likely to change given the current regulatory attitude that amounts to nothing short of the legalized extortion of the mortgage business.
So if you are in an auction with a bunch of stupid money who just want to put assets to work and thereby earn a management fee, do you bid aggressively – above the true value of the assets – or do you stand back and let the clown win the auction?
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen achieved the primary goal of any new Fed chief and avoided any obvious land mines. But what was lacking in the dialogue, both from Yellen and the media, was a serious discussion of what’s next for national economic policy.
Recent data from the Mortgage Bankers Association shows the extent of the collapse of new applications for mortgages. The numbers are down 60% annually and reached a 13-year low. However, higher interest rates are not the chief reason for poor mortgage market performance by a long shot.
The headlines in most news stories and economic commentaries indicate that the housing market is continuing to improve and with it the U.S. economy. But if you dig into the numbers a bit, the reality in the housing market is a good bit more subtle than the headlines suggest.
A financial industry publication recently reported, “Carrington Mortgage, Citadel Servicing and New Penn Financial are planning securitizations of newly originated subprime mortgages.” The publication went on to say in breathless tones that “[t]he offerings, on the slate for 2014, would confirm recent predictions that deals would soon start flowing in the asset class…”
As we approach January 2014, the entire mortgage lending industry is braced for impact in terms of compliance and operational issues related to the Dodd-Frank reform law. The “qualified mortgage” or QM and “qualified residential mortgage” or QRM designations related to mortgage lending now define the outer limit of risk taking for many bank lenders.
The implementation of new rules and regulations affecting the housing sector has been underway for several years, driven by Basel III, the Dodd-Frank Act and revisions to existing law. How this tangle of conflicting limitations and incentives is affecting the housing sector is something laymen only partially understand. Although the brave new supervisory regime pretends to protect consumers...
One by one, they filed into the city council chambers. They took their seats and waited their turn, and once there weren’t any seats left, they moved to the seldom-used overflow seating. When the overflow seating filled, they moved to the civic center so they could watch the meeting on a closed-circuit feed..
It’s a new world, and in this new world, data is more crucial than ever. Getting the best data possible, and then being able to interpret that data to improve performance, will be a competitive edge that no company in the mortgage finance space can do without in the current environment of volume contraction. Read More
Only seven or eight years ago, mortgage fraud was one of the top stories in the industry. It was quite common to see stories estimating losses in the millions, with some experts suggesting that these numbers were only the tip of the iceberg. Lenders and their partners scrambled to strengthen their fraud-prevention strategies. Read More