Nonbanks are experiencing a strong day on the stock market, following positive first-quarter earning reports. MSR transfer activity is still occurring and more importantly, the long-term pipeline of opportunities is very healthy.
Wells Fargo’s stock finished the day up after it announced it signed an agreement to sell Ocwen a $39 billion portfolio of residential mortgage servicing rights. But Ocwen did not witness the same positive results.
Real estate investment trust stocks stayed level after recording a steady decline Monday morning due to reports of negative investor sentiment. The rest of the HW 30 did not fare much better, with a majority of the stocks landing in the red.
Melvin Luther Watt quietly slid into his office as the first appointed director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. It was the end of last year, in mid-December. Christmas was coming and the markets were in the middle of the harshest winter in years. As he took over the office of Acting Director Ed DeMarco — himself the unassuming lightning rod for the nation’s housing policy — Watt gave no indication of what he intended to do with his new position; arguably the most powerful job in mortgage finance..
Crowdfunding has swept through large verticals of consumer finance, including student loans and credit card debt. And so, naturally, in a market of rising property values, the real estate market is the latest frontier for crowd-based financing. Read More
Like oxygen, warehouse lending is one of the mortgage industry’s essential life-supporting elements. And fortunately, the warehouse segment is in much better health today than it was six years ago, as we are back up to around 70 warehouse lenders at my last count. Read More