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.
Build to rent allows investors to buy newly built homes and rent them out instead of selling them. Because the homes are new, investors are able to charge higher rent prices and tenants often stay in the home for longer periods of time. But the question remains: Why would builders move into the rental market during a time when homes are selling quickly and at higher prices than any time in the past decade?
Today the average student debt resulting from a four-year degree stands at $30,000. According to a report released by American Student Assistance in 2015, 71% of non-homeowners surveyed who carry student debt say the burden of monthly payments has kept them from purchasing a home. More than half of those say their student debt loads will likely prevent home ownership for another five years.
Currently, institutional investors control approximately 170,000 properties (a relatively small portion of the overall SFR space, which is dominated by smaller investors, and estimated to include 11 to 13 million properties). KBRA reports that 105,000 properties have been included in the 26 single-borrower deals done to date, which suggests there are somewhere north of 60,000 properties that could still be securitized.