Mount Laurel, N.J.-based Freedom Mortgage Corporation purchased the assets of BluFi Lending, a direct mortgage lender with branches in California and Nevada, falling in line with Freedom Mortgage’s strategy to expand its retail lending footprint in the Western U.S.
“We continue to expect home price appreciation to moderate from the torrid pace of mid-2012-13, supported by improving employment and growth prospects,” said analysts from Morgan Stanley. “We leave our 2014 projections for new home sales (450-500 thousand units) and home prices (up 5-7% for the year) unchanged.”
It's been headline news this summer that some of the nation's fastest-recovering markets have seen substantial price increases -- markets in California, Arizona and Nevada has seen double-digit gains in 2013 as housing shortages mixed with demand from retail buyers coaxed by low mortgage rates, as well as historically strong investor interest in purchases.
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