It's the mantra among regulators and echoed by Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke on Friday: The recession -- pushed along by rising unemployment levels, plunging home values and growing delinquencies -- would be much worse had governmental bodies not stepped up to intervene.
The Treasury Department on Tuesday released details surrounding the injection of $365.4 million in capital into another 23 financial institutions across the nation, bringing the total investments made through the Capital Purchase Program to $196.36 billion. All but three of the institutions that participated Friday were privately-held firms; 55.2 percent of the funds distributed that day were given to private firms. One Arkansas-based firm participated, as did a bank based in Alabama, four based in California and one out of Florida.
While it's likely no longer surprising for many market participants, a report by consumer credit bureau TransUnion released Monday found that mortgage delinquencies had increased for the fifth straight quarter during Q1, while consumers managed to add to their overall mortgage debt load during the quarter as well.
Bank of the West announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, BW Insurance Agency, Inc., (BWIA) has acquired Contractor's Insurance Services, Inc., a full service insurance agency offering a variety of commercial and personal insurance lines.
CIS specializes in providing insurance, risk management and asset protection services for the burgeoning building industry throughout the Pacific Northwest.
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