Fifth Third Bancorp will pay $85 million as a part of settlement with the federal government over allegations that the bank failed to self-report mortgages it knew to be defective, causing millions of dollars in losses to the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Meet Kevin Taylor. In 2013, he left his position running mortgage-backed securities trading desk at Fifth Third Bank to start Mariemont Capital. And according to a report from the Cincinnati Business Courier, Taylor is finding success investing in residential mortgage bonds and delivering big returns for his investors.
"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.
Sometimes offshoring sounds like a bad word. In reality, offshore mortgage servicing simply means using remote staff, usually to take advantage of lower labor and overhead costs and round-the-clock staffing availability. But legitimate questions remain. In the midst of increasing compliance pressures, is offshoring a sound strategy for mortgage servicers looking to stay competitive, or a fast track to dissatisfied customers and trouble with the CFPB?
Houses that have been rehabbed in the recovery project are now being sold as quickly as they are completed, and the profit on each house goes right into rehabbing the next one. In the past two years, the company has rehabbed and sold 58 homes, and has plans to do 200 more.
The fate of the Fannie and Freddie investors is not our concern. We are concerned about what happens to communities. And what is happening right now is that the future ability of working class families to obtain responsible home loans is in serious jeopardy.