Wells Fargo is still answering for the more than 2 million fake accounts that 5,000 of the bank’s former employees opened in order to get sales bonuses, but now, a group of senators want to know if the bank’s auditor knew about the fake accounts too and whether the auditor did anything about it.
Is it possible that in the coming years we will live in a world where the future becomes flexible enough to accommodate the things we can’t see or even imagine? The term for this is the “unknown’s unknown” — where the trends and disrupters that are hard to understand today will have a dramatic unforeseen impact on how we do business tomorrow.
Why can’t the consumer have total transparency and track their loan (start to finish) through a smartphone application? Borrower surveys point to the time between application and approval as being the most stressful for borrowers. If anxiety is driven by the unknown, shouldn’t lenders take the unknown out of the equation?
As the mortgage lending industry continues to work through a myriad of challenges, one truth is emerging clearly. The consumer will be won or lost based on how easy lenders make it to engage with them.
“Larry’s unique background combining top level hands-on mortgage industry operational and consulting experience is indispensable to our clients as they seek critical assistance navigating the complex mortgage and consumer lending market,” said Mark Twerdok, KPMG partner.
News broke late yesterday that New Century will shutter the rest of its business, laying off the remaining 2,000 employees it had been keeping in hopes of finding a buyer. Bloomberg reported yesterday that company officials finally conceded what I'd suspected all along -- that nobody wanted to touch New Century, even with a 10-foot stick.
Fannie Mae announced today that it has filed suit against KPMG LLP, the company's former outside auditor, for negligence and breach of contract in a complaint filed today with the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.
Company executives were not available to comment further at press time.
While other state and federal regulatory bodies overlap in their regulation of the mortgage industry, the very particular consumer focus of the CFPB is not duplicated by any other body. Will deregulation mean a return to the Wild West lending atmosphere that led to the financial crisis? What happens next? We asked John Socknat, partner at Ballard Spahr, to weigh in on what mortgage lenders and servicers can expect from a Trump administration.
Amid the potential new direction from the White House, Congress and regulators, leadership in our industry is more important than ever. Which is why HousingWire is proud to present the 40 winners of our 2016 Vanguard award. These leaders from all segments of the mortgage ecosphere demonstrate that our industry is more than capable of meeting the challenges that lie ahead.
The marketplace is full of hard and private money lenders — it will come down to who can best assist investors in completing their goals, whether that be by providing quicker close times, or with more accurate valuations. With how many options there are for borrowers, lenders will need to start competing for marketshare as borrowers shop their situations to multiple lenders, leveraging the offers against each other. This process will force lenders to update their guidelines, or be forced out of the market.