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:
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