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Digital mortgage platform Maxwell raises another $52.5M

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Seven months after a $16 million Series B round, digital mortgage platform Maxwell has raised $52.5 million in additional funding, the company said on Tuesday. The latest round was led by Fin VC, the venture capital firm that also led the Series B capital raise. Existing investors TTV Capital, Prudence, and Rotor Capital participated in […]

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What Microsoft’s new cloud platform means for mortgage

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Bill Borden, corporate vice president of worldwide financial services at Microsoft Tech giant Microsoft plans to launch a new cloud-computing offering targeting the financial-services market on Nov. 1 as part of an effort to further bolster its fast-expanding cloud business. The secondary market may want to take note. The Microsoft Cloud for Financial Services has […]

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GSE forbearance rate declines to 1%

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Servicers’ forbearance portfolio volume declined at a reduced pace this week, as mortgage holders continue to exit COVID-19 plans, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA).   The total number of loans in forbearance decreased by seven basis points to 2.21% as of Oct. 17. In the previous week, the rate dropped 34 basis points […]

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New York poised to expand CRA rule to nonbank lenders

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New York State is close to approving a controversial bill that expands the requirements of the state community reinvestment act (CRA) to non-depository lenders, following the lead of Massachusetts and Illinois. The CRA rule, enacted in 1977, mandates that banks help meet the credit needs of communities in which they take deposits, specifically in low- […]

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Rocket Pro TPO redesigns pricing calculator for brokers

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In the face of a serious housing shortage, exceptional service from brokers is more important than ever. With forced bidding becoming the new norm, top brokers understand the importance of providing loan pricing with speed and certainty.  Purchase originations demand more of brokers’ resources than a refinance. There are many more moving pieces and loan […]

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HW+ Member Spotlight: Karen Mayfield

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This week’s HW+ spotlight features Karen Mayfield, head of National Retail Sales at Wyndham Capital Mortgage. In her role, Mayfield is tasked with expanding on the company’s digital roots into the retail mortgage environment. With more than two decades in the industry, Mayfield most recently served as a division lending executive at Citi, where she oversaw up […]

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Housing groups to FHFA: Hit pause on Duty to Serve plan

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Twenty affordable housing groups teamed up to tell the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) its requirements for the government sponsored enterprises to support manufactured and rural housing, and preserve affordable housing don’t make the grade. The coalition, dubbed the “Underserved Mortgage Markets Coalition,” includes the Center for Community Progress, the National Housing Conference, the National […]

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Rising rates, tax questions driving MSR sales surge

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An offering of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgage servicing rights (MSR) linked to a loan pool valued at nearly $2.2 billion is now being marketed by the Prestwick Mortgage Group on behalf of an undisclosed independent mortgage banker, according to a bid document obtained by HousingWire.  The offering is yet another sign that the […]

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Mortgage rates climb to 3.09%

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The average 30-year-fixed rate mortgage climbed to 3.09% during the week ending Oct. 21, rising from 3.05% the week prior, according to the latest Freddie Mac PMMS Mortgage Survey. A year ago, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 2.80%. Most economists believe they’ll continue to climb. “Mortgage rates continued to rise this week due to the […]

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Mortgage execs better prepare for redlining enforcement

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Since Rohit Chopra was confirmed as the new director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in September, there’s been one particular word on the lips of mortgage executives. And it gives them chills: redlining. “We are going to see a lot of emphasis on redlining: when you’re actively, intentionally separating out areas that you […]

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Mortgage activity falters as rates rise

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Mortgage application activity dropped 6.3% for the week ending Oct. 15, according to the latest Mortgage Bankers Association survey. And, as you might have guessed, mortgage rates had a lot to do with it. “Refinance applications declined for the fourth week as rates increased, bringing the refinance index to its lowest level since July 2021,” […]

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Rocket Mortgage makes another push for brokers

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Mortgage applications for new homes down in September

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Purchase mortgage applications for new homes were down 16.2% in September compared to a year ago, according to Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Builder Application Survey (BAS) data released on Tuesday. This is also marks a 4% decrease from the prior month. Based on data from the survey, MBA estimates that there were 66,000 new single-family […]

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Forbearance heading one direction: down

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Forbearance declined across the board this week as government agencies and industry stakeholders chart a path out of forbearance and into loss-mitigation. The total number of loans still in forbearance was down 34 basis points from 2.62% of servicers’ portfolio volume the prior week to 2.28% the week ending Oct. 10, 2021, per the latest […]

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Are you ready for the new CFPB director?

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Over the last month, two of the biggest housing regulators either changed or were rumored to change leadership. In mid-September, there were talks that the Biden administration would nominate Mike Calhoun, president of the Center for Responsible Lending, as the new FHFA director, and at the end of September, Rohit Chopra was officially confirmed as director of […]

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HW+ Member Spotlight: Tim Anderson

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For this week’s HW+ member spotlight, we feature Tim Anderson, president of the eMortgage Division at Evolve Mortgage Services. Anderson has over 35 years of industry experience having worked on both the lender and vendor side of the business, and in his current role, he is responsible for developing product and corporate strategy and strategic partner […]

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Mortgage credit-score hopeful VantageScore has a new CEO

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VantageScore Solutions announced this week its longtime CEO Barrett Burns would step down and Silvio Tavares, a financial services and fintech veteran, will fill the role. Tavares has held senior positions at Visa and FiservFirst Data, and most recently led the Digital Commerce Alliance, a global trade association which counted Bank of America, Discover, MasterCard […]

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Wells Fargo reports lower origination volume in Q2

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Wells Fargo originated $51.9 billion worth of mortgages in the third quarter, down slightly from $53.2 billion in the previous quarter. The depository’s retail business made up most of its origination volume from July to September, coming in at $32.5 billion, while the correspondent channel produced $16.7 billion worth of mortgages. Despite earlier reports in […]

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Millennials struggle to compete with boomers for homes

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Young people make up a smaller share of recent homebuyers than in previous years most likely due to the increased market activity of baby boomers, a new Zillow report published on Thursday found. It’s hardly breaking news that the demand for housing has drastically increased over the past 18 months, but the report suggests that […]

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UWM not ready to fully commit to cryptocurrency payments

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United Wholesale Mortgage is testing the waters with cryptocurrency, announcing today that it accepted its first-ever cryptocurrency mortgage payment in September. According to UWM, five more cryptocurrency mortgage payments were evaluated and accepted in October. The Pontiac-based wholesale mortgage lender said that the transactions were used as models to “better assess scaling cryptocurrency payments for […]

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Mortgage rates hit highest level since April

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The average 30-year-fixed mortgage rose seven basis points to 3.05% for the week ending Oct. 14, to its highest level since April, according to Freddie Mac’s latest PMMS survey of mortgage rates. Two weeks ago, rates rose 13 basis points to 3.01%, eclipsing the 3% mark for the first time since June. However, last week, rates fell […]

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Closing costs are up, but there’s a catch

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The average closing costs for a single-family home increased 12.3% during the first six months of 2021, according to a report published this week by analytics vendor ClosingCorp. And significantly higher home prices were the culprit. According to ClosingCorp, the average closing costs nationally came in at $6,837 including taxes and $3,836 excluding taxes. The […]

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JPMorgan Chase reports jump in mortgage profits in Q3

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JPMorgan Chase originated $46.1 billion worth of mortgages from July to September, up 5% from the previous quarter and up 43% year-over-year, the bank announced on Wednesday. Jeremy Barnum, chief financial officer at Chase, said during the company’s third quarter earnings call that the increase reflects “record purchase volume and share gains in the refi […]

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Homebuyers brush off higher mortgage rates

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Mortgage application activity was largely flat for the week ending Oct. 8, despite mortgage rates reaching their highest level since June. That’s according to the latest mortgage application survey from the Mortgage Bankers Association, which said applications overall increased just 0.2% from the prior week. “An increase in home purchase applications offset a slight decline […]

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PNC Bank breached COVID-19 payment deferral agreement: suit

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PNC Bank allegedly breached Fannie Mae’s COVID-19 payment deferral agreement by continuing to charge homeowners who opted for the home retention option for past-due monthly principal and interest payments. A national class action-seeking lawsuit filed in Maryland federal court claims that PNC double-charged borrowers for their past-due principal payments and thus improperly increased the amount […]

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Lenders are courting self-employed borrowers again

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Mortgage credit availability increased for the third consecutive month in September, but is still 30% below the pre-pandemic level, according to a report released Tuesday by the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). Much of the growth in credit availability has come from loans that cater to self-employed borrowers, who were left in the cold by most […]

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New Residential scoops up fix-and-flip lender

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New Residential Investment Corp. announced Monday that it has entered into a definitive agreement to buy Genesis Capital LLC, a fix-and-flip lender, from Goldman Sachs. New Residential said that it expects Genesis to originate close to $2 billion of loans in 2021 and that the fix-and-flip lender has originated over 12,000 loans since 2014. Michael […]

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Forbearance declines at the fastest pace in a year

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Servicers’ forbearance portfolio volume declined at the fastest rate in a year, as mortgage holders exit COVID-19 plans, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). Exits are expected to pick up the pace in the weeks ahead due to economic improvement. The total number of loans in forbearance decreased by 27 basis points to 2.62% as of Oct. […]

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Nonbanks are hiking conforming loan limits

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Earlier in the month, PennyMac Financial and United Wholesale Mortgage publicly announced that they are each raising their conforming loan ceilings by 14%, nearly two months ahead of the Federal Housing Finance Agency‘s official decree in November. They’re not the only ones getting a jump on new conforming loan limits. Rocket Mortgage and Homepoint announced […]

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CFPB settles with reverse lender over “deceptive” home estimates

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) today settled a lawsuit against the nation’s largest reverse mortgage lender for allegedly sending consumers inflated home valuations. In a lawsuit filed today in the U.S. District Court of California’s Central District, the CFPB alleged that Irvine, California-based American Advisors Group (AAG) sent borrowers deceptive and inflated home estimates […]

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J.P. Morgan, the 800-pound gorilla in the private label space

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The private-label residential mortgage-backed securities market has been resurrected from its near-death following the global financial crisis a decade and a half ago. This year it is on track to securitize loan volume approaching or even exceeding $100 billion, and driving a healthy share of that secondary market business is J.P. Morgan, the investment bank […]

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Here’s where the FHFA is headed under Sandra Thompson

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FHFA Acting Director Sandra Thompson Editor’s note: This piece was originally featured in the Oct/Nov magazine and has been updated to reflect the latest changes and announcements at the FHFA. Nearly five years after the global financial crisis, lenders and the government-sponsored entities were still negotiating who would bear responsibility for defaulted loans. The negotiations […]

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KBW adds firepower with hires to mortgage tech team

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The investment bank Keefe, Bruyette & Woods (KBW), a subsidiary of Stifel Financial Corp., has bolstered its fintech and financial services group with the hire of three veterans from investment bank Berkery, Noyes & Co. John Guzzo and Jason White will be managing directors at KBW, with a focus on mortgage technology companies and related […]

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Ex-RealFi worker sues male execs for sexual harassment

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A former marketing director at Residential Home Funding Corp. (RealFi), a nonbank mortgage lender based in New York, accused the company’s top male executives of creating a toxic workplace through repeated sexual harassment and gender discrimination. Georganne Youngclaus, the former marketing director at RealFi, filed a civil lawsuit against a group of top male executives […]

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Fannie Mae changes homeowner education requirements

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Fannie Mae announced Wednesday that, starting in 2022, it will allow third-parties to fulfill the homeownership education requirement on some affordable mortgages. Third-party homeownership education providers will still have to be aligned with the National Industry Standards for Homeownership Education and Counseling or with the Department of Housing and Urban Development Housing Counseling Program, if […]

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Better.com reports $86M loss in Q2 as margin narrows

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An amended S-4 filed by Aurora Acquisition Corp. with the Securities and Exchange Commission last week gave the mortgage industry a glimpse into how its partner Better.com fared in the second quarter. And it wasn’t great. The digital mortgage lender, which plans to go public via a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), reported a net […]