Stonegate Mortgage didn’t get away from the financial impact of the first quarter’s historically low interest rates, which already dented the performance of most other lenders. But the results weren't fully marred by bad news. Here's one area where the lender performed better.
Impac’s earnings plummeted from last year and even last quarter, but the company isn’t worried, and even feels that it had a strong start to the year. In this exclusive interview with HousingWire they explain why.
Mortgage banking net revenue was up 7% to $1.9 billion, which the bank's earning statement attributes to "higher MSR risk management results and strong loan growth, partially offset by lower servicing revenue."
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.
Zillow first-quarter earnings reflect the strong year it had traffic-wise, breaking records in both March and April. The company's first-quarter revenue hit $66.2 million, up 70% from $39 million for the same period a year ago.
For many observers, “skin in the game” is synonymous with a large down payment that limits lender or investor risk. However, skin in the game can be defined much more broadly, since financial investment is only one factor that mitigates risk.
The Silicon Valley area added 385,000 jobs between 2010 and 2015, but only issued building permits for 58,000 units in that same time frame, creating an unsustainable housing marker that shuts out all but the richest buyers. What, if anything, can be done to cool off skyrocketing home prices?