Lennar subsidiary Eagle Home Mortgage is in hot water yet again. According to a lawsuit filed in November by former senior quality control manager Wanda Burling, Eagle Home Mortgage falsified borrower documents to increase the likelihood of approval, approved borrowers who were unqualified, and hid negative findings on audited loans from regulators.
Movement Mortgage has been through a couple rounds of layoffs this year, but when the nonbank lender laid off 180 employees back in October, CEO Casey Crawford said the company had no plans to step back. And that’s just what the company has done. Movement Mortgage announced Wednesday that it is acquiring a big piece of Lennar’s mortgage arm, Eagle Home Mortgage.
It appears the False Claims Act ain’t dead yet. The Department of Justice announced Friday that it reached a $13.2 million settlement with Universal American Mortgage Company, the mortgage subsidiary of Lennar that does business as Eagle Home Mortgage, to resolve allegations that the lender violated the False Claims Act by falsely certifying that it complied with FHA lending standards.
Lennar, one of the largest homebuilders in the U.S., is now partnering with mortgage technology provider Blend, to power its financing arm. The new system will allow Lennar mortgages to close up to 10 days faster by cutting out unnecessary manual process.
Eagle Home Mortgage, the mortgage lending subsidiary of Lennar, could find itself on a list that includes Wells Fargo, Walter Investment, United Shore Financial Services, PHH, and many other lenders that were sanctioned by the government for underwriting mortgages that did not meet Federal Housing Administration standards.
It’s turning out to be a year of significant growth for Lennar. Earlier this year, the homebuilder closed on a $643 million acquisition of WCI Communities, a luxury homebuilder headquartered in Florida. But that deal pales in comparison to Lennar’s latest deal.
A recent study showed that mounting student loan debt is holding Millennials back from buying homes – for seven years. But one homebuilder is trying to make that seven-year delay go away. Eagle Home Mortgage, a mortgage lender and a subsidiary of Lennar, announced Tuesday that it is rolling out a new mortgage program that will help homebuyers pay off their student debt.
Brickman takes to helm of one of the largest mortgage companies in the U.S. today, and while times at the government-sponsored enterprise are filled with uncertainty, Brickman sees nothing but excitement for the future of Freddie Mac.
When buying a home, many Americans consider a 20% down payment to be the norm, the ideal amount of money to put down to get a conventional mortgage with no private mortgage insurance and to keep monthly payments reasonably affordable.