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.
It was an eventful day for the housing finance market on Tuesday, with Rep. Mel Watt officially confirmed as the next leader of the FHFA. Not long after his confirmation became a likely conclusion, the HW 30 finished down.
Bill Ashmore doesn’t want to date himself. But he does. And he really, really does when he recalls a time in the mortgage business when work happened before the advent of the computer. Back then, when Ashmore started, scanning the room of a mortgage office likely meant a visual presentation that in 2013 appears like a scene from Argo.
Hat tip to Blown Mortgage's Morgan Brown, who forwarded me a copy of a press advisory yesterday from Freddie Mac regarding the GSE's move to inject additional liquidity into the troubled Alt-A lending market.
In the statement, senior vice president Paul Mullings said Freddie will seek to provide some relief to seized-up Alt-A markets by purchasing more Alt-A loans on a forward basis:
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..
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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