“Early indications are very positive for the growing of our Alt-QM pipeline. We believe this will be further strengthened by the recent commitment by several large retail originators, to roll out these products through year end and during the first quarter of 2015,” said Joseph Tomkinson, chairman and CEO of Impac Mortgage Holdings.
Impac Mortgage Holdings reported second-quarter net earnings of $82 thousand or $0.01 per diluted common share after reporting a net loss last quarter, and it was one key element that helped drive lending volume forward.
Originations decreased 48% from the first quarter of 2013, down to $353.1 million. Impac attributes most of that to the sale of their brick and mortar branches at the end of last year, which accounts for $180 million of the decline.
Housing stocks were mostly up on what has been a solid year of recovery in housing, but traders were still not happy about Impac's decision to cut staff and physical locations to focus more on its online services.
Sometimes offshoring sounds like a bad word. In reality, offshore mortgage servicing simply means using remote staff, usually to take advantage of lower labor and overhead costs and round-the-clock staffing availability. But legitimate questions remain. In the midst of increasing compliance pressures, is offshoring a sound strategy for mortgage servicers looking to stay competitive, or a fast track to dissatisfied customers and trouble with the CFPB?
Houses that have been rehabbed in the recovery project are now being sold as quickly as they are completed, and the profit on each house goes right into rehabbing the next one. In the past two years, the company has rehabbed and sold 58 homes, and has plans to do 200 more.
The fate of the Fannie and Freddie investors is not our concern. We are concerned about what happens to communities. And what is happening right now is that the future ability of working class families to obtain responsible home loans is in serious jeopardy.