The mortgage market is projected to perform much better in the third quarter than originally expected. With the third-quarter results in for one of the first lenders, it looks like this could be true. Fifth Third Bancorp not only posted an increase in residential mortgage loan portfolio balances, but it also posted an increase in originations.
Fifth Third Bancorp welcomes a new executive to lead it mortgage department. This is the same lender that announced a new zero down payment mortgage program earlier this month. Edward Robinson comes to the position prepared, bringing a solid track record of success in a variety of challenges and roles.
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.
For many observers, “skin in the game” is synonymous with a large down payment that limits lender or investor risk. However, skin in the game can be defined much more broadly, since financial investment is only one factor that mitigates risk.
The Silicon Valley area added 385,000 jobs between 2010 and 2015, but only issued building permits for 58,000 units in that same time frame, creating an unsustainable housing marker that shuts out all but the richest buyers. What, if anything, can be done to cool off skyrocketing home prices?