As the fourth-quarter earnings start to pour in, the true extent of the TRID impact on each individual company is coming to light. For some banks, it was just a dent in the grand scheme of things, but that’s not the case for Flagstar.
JPMorgan Chase kicked off earnings season early Thursday morning, reporting a 10% increase in net income for the fourth quarter of 2015. Mortgage banking didn’t fair as well, with its net income falling 21% to $266 million.
Ambac Financial Group’s net income fell in the fourth quarter 2013 to $68.6 million, or $1.49 per share, from $143.6 million, or 47 cents per share, in 2012, as earnings were impacted by current market challenges.
Stonegate Mortgage not only overcame the challenging market conditions during the second half of 2013 but also posted a strong increase in originations and its servicing portfolio due to several strategic acquisitions.
First American Financial Corporation’s total revenue for the fourth quarter of 2013 hit $1.2 billion, a decline of 4% compared to a year prior as it deals with a drop-off in refinance activity and closed title orders falling to the lowest level of the year.
Ally Financial officially exited the mortgage business by the end of 2013 but not without incurring significant losses. Ally recorded a net income of $104 million for the fourth quarter of 2013, a giant drop down from a net income of $1.4 billion for the fourth quarter of 2012.
Saddled with legacy systems and burdened with changing regulations, the mortgage industry has been slow to adopt digitization compared to many other industries. Now, however, the industry must provide more transparency to regulators and satisfy consumers while managing tighter margins. In this perfect storm, there’s only one lifeboat — a digital process.
Has the Great Recession launched a new era of renting versus buying that will eventually result in a nation where more people rent their homes than purchase them? Or is the increase in renters these days due to an “over-correction” in the market? According to the latest “State of the Nation’s Housing” report from Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, the U.S., in less than a decade, lost all its homeownership gains of the last 20 years.
Armed with an overall measure of housing market performance relative to long-term trend; an accompanying metric explaining whether that market is overheated or not; and importantly a way to attribute deviations in home prices precisely to selected market variables, market participants would be in a better position to take precautionary actions to limit their exposure in highly volatile markets.