Home values and housing activity picked up across Southern communities, benefiting community banks in the region. But these trends are in large part due to the area's vibrant oil and gas industry and other economic indicators, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency claimed in a new report.
Mortgage applications continue to fall, dropping 2.5% from a week earlier, as the average contract interest rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage with a conforming loan limit rose to 4.80%, the highest rate since April 2011.
"In our view, as treasury rates continue to climb, companies exposed to mortgage banking will face challenges maintaining gain on sale revenues, particularly institutions benefiting from mostly refinance activity," said Matthew Kelley, an analyst with Sterne Agee.
A wide range of companies making the 2014 HW Fast50 suggests that — are you ready for this? — maybe things aren't as bad in the U.S. mortgage and housing markets as some breathless press might otherwise suggest. After all, our rankings this year include mortgage insurers, investors, loan servicers, technology specialists and dot-coms, home builders, real estate services companies, mortgage bankers and more..
Last October, HousingWire highlighted several correspondent lenders and gave a broad overview of where this division of mortgage finance was heading. We are happy to report that those lenders are still doing a robust set of business, although the road remains no less rocky. But as we said last year, at least there’s a road to begin with. Read More
As our business moves into a new era of low profitability, increased expenses, and intense regulatory scrutiny, virtually every mortgage executive needs to experiment with ways to increase productivity and CFPB compliance while reducing overall operating costs. Read More