Banks will have to hit a higher mark during their 2014 stress tests now that the Fed is increasing passage requirements. Under the new guidelines, the Fed will use its own numbers to determine if a bank is well capitalized.
As the American Securitization Forum comes to a close, the private-label side of the secondary market reached a clear consensus that mortgage servicing is, in fact, really important.
The other consensus is that mortgages are going to cost more. More for borrowers, more for originators, more for servicers — and ultimately less yield for investors.
This is somewhat of a breakthrough. Mortgage servicing remained largely ignored by the secondary side for so long, and this new desire to work together is indicative of transformation.
Last June, we covered the start-up of Agire Mortgage Corp., a mortgage lender launched by industry heavy-hitters, including the former COO of New Century Mortgage Robin Cook-Auerbach, as well as former execs from GMAC-RFC and Countrywide. The company said at the time that it wanted to make a push into third-party originations via a strong technology backbone.
Getting into the TPO (third-party origination) business in June 2007? Good luck with that.
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