"While this was an extremely difficult decision to make, we intend to build on our leadership position in the correspondent market and remain committed to purchasing loans from smaller financial institutions and independent mortgage companies," mortgage head says in letter.
These risks are real. For example, even if interest rates were to fall, mortgage originations may also fall. Any increase in mortgage originations may not be enough to offset the decrease in the MSRs value caused by the lower rates, the bank states.
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. continued its recent "freaky Friday" streak last week, stepping in at Bradenton, Fla-based Freedom Bank, after the Commissioner of the Florida Office of Financial Regulation closed the bank on Friday after market close. All deposits of the failed bank will head over to Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Fifth Third Bank, the FDIC said.
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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