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American Financial Network to pay $1M fee to resolve fraud allegations

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Brea, California-based direct lender American Financial Network will pay about $1.04 million to resolve allegations that it fraudulently originated government-backed mortgage loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). The settlement agreement announced by the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington on Tuesday puts an end to a joint investigation conducted by […]

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PIMCO-backed FGMC lays off most staffers

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Mortgage lender First Guaranty Mortgage Corporation cut about 80% of its workforce on Friday and has stopped accepting new mortgage applications, HousingWire has learned. Former employees said the lender has “essentially shuttered.” According to two former FGMC employees, the company on Friday laid off around 500 employees without severance payment, meaning only 100 staffers remain.  “They […]

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HW+ Member Spotlight: Ben Bernstein

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This week’s HW+ member spotlight features Ben Bernstein, director at Axonic Capital, an investment firm with a deep focus on the structured credit sector of the financial markets. Prior to that, Bernstein held leadership roles in Odeon Capital Group and JPMorgan Chase. Below, Bernstein answers questions about the housing industry: HousingWire: What is your current favorite HW+ article and […]

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FHFA: No delay on 50 bps fee, but open to “engagement”

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The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) today reiterated its stance on a new fee on some government-backed enterprise securities. The agency made no promise to delay the fee. Still, some stakeholders unhappy with the fee see an opportunity. In a statement, FHFA Director Sandra Thompson said her agency was “committed to the continued strength and […]

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Purchase mortgage rates continue incremental, upward trend

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Purchase mortgage rates this week averaged 5.81%, compared to 5.78% the week prior, when rates rose 55 basis points, the largest 1-week increase since 1987, according to the latest Freddie Mac PMMS index.  A year ago at this time, 30-year fixed rate purchase rates were at 3.02%. The PMMS, a government-sponsored enterprise index, accounts solely […]

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UWM drops rates 50 to 100 basis points in bid for brokers

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United Wholesale Mortgage (UWM), the nation’s largest wholesale lender, wants to beat rival lenders by offering competitive pricing to brokers, a move designed to navigate a shrinking mortgage market with compressed margins. UWM dropped rates by 50 to 100 basis points across all loan types, the company said in a release. The new program follows […]

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JPMorgan Chase starts to cut mortgage jobs

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JPMorgan Chase, the nation’s largest bank, has started a workforce reduction of its mortgage lending business this week after having been struck by a tightening monetary policy that drove mortgage rates to over 6%. “Our staffing decision this week was a result of cyclical changes in the mortgage market,” a spokeswoman for JPMorgan wrote in a […]

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Flagstar reports data breach affecting 1.5 million clients

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Hackers stole the personal information of 1,547,169 clients of Michigan-based Flagstar Bank in December, according to a document sent by the financial institution to the Office of the Maine Attorney General. The cyberattack occurred on Dec. 3 and Dec. 4, 2021, but the company discovered it on June 2, 2022, the document shows. The external […]

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Purchase mortgage apps defy surging rates

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Despite mortgage rates reaching the highest level in 14 years, mortgage applications increased 4.2% from the prior week, according to the latest Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) survey for the week ending June 17. “Mortgage rates continued to surge last week, with the 30-year fixed mortgage rate jumping 33 basis points to 5.98% – the highest since November […]

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Forbearance rate continued to drop in May

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Fewer homeowners paused or reduced their mortgage payments in May, continuing the decline from April when the total number of loans in forbearance fell to a level below 1% of servicers’ portfolio volume. The share of loans in forbearance dropped by 9 basis points to 0.85% in May from April’s 0.94%, according to the Mortgage […]

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CFPB to review QM rule

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Mortgage stocks are getting battered – what happens next? 

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New Residential to internalize management, change name to Rithm Capital

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New Residential Investment Corp. announced on Friday that it has decided to internalize the company’s management, a step that the real estate investment trust estimates will reduce its costs and potentially attract more institutional investors to its stock.  The company is also changing its name to Rithm Capital, reflecting the diversification of its businesses as more […]

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Opinion: The risk of ICE, Black Knight deal is in the data

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Recently, Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) announced a plan to acquire Black Knight in a reported $13 billion deal that, if approved by federal regulators, would certainly be one of the largest acquisitions ever in the mortgage technology space. The importance of this particular acquisition is one that could have implications for consumers, lenders, vendors and settlement […]

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Bank groups: CFPB should keep nose out of bank mergers

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A banking regulatory agency asked whether the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau should be involved in deciding whether to green light bank mergers. The industry’s answer? A resounding “No.” Trade groups such as the American Bankers Association and the Independent Community Bankers of America, say that doing so would be beyond the scope of the CFPB, […]

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Industry uproar over 50 bps fee on GSE securities

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Mortgage industry stakeholders say a new 50 basis point fee on some Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac securities runs counter to the premise of a uniform mortgage backed security. It’s a “money grab,” said one industry analyst, who requested anonymity to stay on good terms with the government sponsored enterprises, who together back the majority […]

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Wells Fargo’s rapidly shrinking mortgage business

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Wells Fargo this week warned investors the bank’s mortgage business could drop by almost 50% in the second quarter from the prior quarter. Wells Fargo Chief Financial Officer Mike Santomassimo said higher interest rates have greatly reduced the refinancing market – currently down about 82% from the prior year – and home affordability remains a challenge […]

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Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac impose new fee for some securities transactions

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Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac plan to charge a new 50 basis-point fee for certain structured-finance offerings that use co-mingled agency securities as the underlying collateral.  The fee will apply to securities issued through structured-finance offerings known as Supers, and separately, real estate investment conduits (REMICs). Through these vehicles, the uniform mortgage-backed securities (UMBS) of one government-sponsored enterprise […]

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GAO presses HUD on longstanding IT issues, Ginnie staffing

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The Government Accountability Office this week reminded the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) of some ways it could improve its operations. Among the recommendations, the congressional watchdog said HUD needs to improve internet technology management and that Ginnie Mae, a guarantor for federally backed loans, needs to address “staffing-related challenges.” Both points are […]

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Fannie Mae cuts 2022 industry forecast (again)

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Fannie Mae lowered its projections of mortgage originations and home sales for 2022 as mortgage rates continue to climb. Fannie Mae’s Economic and Strategic Research (ESR) Group revised its projected mortgage origination volume to $2.6 trillion in 2022 and $2.2 trillion in 2023. In May, Fannie Mae dropped its mortgage origination volume projection for 2022 […]

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How the Fed’s rate hike will affect the housing market

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Rates jump to 5.78%, the largest 1-week increase since 1987

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Purchase mortgage rates climbed 55 basis points, reflecting surging inflation and the Federal Reserve‘s (The Fed) tightening monetary policy. According to the latest Freddie Mac PMMS, purchase mortgage rates this week averaged 5.78%, compared to 5.23% the week prior. A year ago at this time, 30-year fixed rate purchase rates were at 2.93%. “Mortgage rates surged as the […]

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3 tips to grow your mortgage broker business

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Whenever people want to get a mortgage, they search for professionals who can streamline the process. That’s precisely when your mortgage broker business comes to the rescue. In this article, you will find tips on how to grow your business, as well as five big mistakes that you may be making in the process. Ways […]

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FHFA wants GSE pricing tweaks and counterparty exam authority

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Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s pricing frameworks may see changes to better serve “core mission borrowers,” according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). The regulator also, again, argued for examination authority over entities doing business with the government-sponsored enterprises. In its annual report to Congress, FHFA said it instructed the enterprises to “begin updating […]

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Logan Mohtashami: “biggest affordability hit in our lifetime”

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In this HW+ Slack Q&A, HousingWire Lead Analyst Logan Mohtashami answers questions from our HW+ member community. Mohtashami focused on the latest inventory and the Federal Reserve’s rate hike announcement. As a member of HW+, you get access to 30-minute Slack Q&As, where we invite the HW Media newsroom to break down the hottest topics in the industry. This […]

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As mortgage rates skyrocketed in May, ARMs doubled

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A panel of experts assembled at a recent Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) conference in New York predicted that adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) will become far more popular this year as purchase mortgages increasingly dominate a housing market contending with fast-rising interest rates. A June market report by a major digital mortgage-exchange and loan-aggregator, MAXEX, which offers an […]

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ARMs race: adjustable-rate mortgages make a comeback

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In 2021, more than 90% of borrowers who closed a loan with fintech mortgage lender Neat Loans opted for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage. But this year, as rates have crested 6%, about 70% of Neat’s originations are adjustable-rate mortgages, a product that until recently had fallen out of favor due to the role they played […]

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Just before the shockwave, mortgage applications rose

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Before the volatility wrought by high inflation and speculation about a rate hike by the Federal Reserve, mortgage applications increased 6.6% from the prior week, according to the latest Mortgage Bankers Association survey for the week ending June 10. Refinancing applications increased 4% from the prior week but were still 76% lower than the same […]

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Loan mod scheme from 2009 finally gets settled at $4.6M

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Owners of a Florida-based law firm were ordered to pay close to $4.6 million to settle claims that they allegedly ran a mortgage loan modification and foreclosure rescue scheme that targeted Hispanic homeowners. The consent order puts an end to a lawsuit originally launched by the Department of Justice in 2018 against law firm Advocate […]

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Compass and Redfin make cuts amid volatile market

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On Tuesday, the other shoe dropped. With mortgage rates now north of 6% and the stock market officially in bear territory, two of America’s most prominent real estate brokerages instituted large-scale layoffs and halted expansion efforts. Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman said the brokerage/listings platform made the tough decision to lay off 470 workers across several […]

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GSEs further expand AVMs, desktop and hybrid appraisals

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The Federal Housing Finance Agency released voluminous plans last week developed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to make the housing market more equitable, in part through changes to the appraisal process. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s equitable housing finance plans further expand non-traditional property appraisals, which sometimes rely on property tax information, data collected […]

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Fannie Mae introduces Refinance Application-Level Index

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Fannie Mae aims to track refinance activity and refinance application trends through its newly launched Refinance Application-Level Index (RALI). The RALI, which sources data from Fannie Mae’s Desktop Underwriter to show the past week’s refinance application trends and prepayment projections, will publish each Tuesday at 10 a.m. EST, according to Fannie Mae. Fannie Mae’s new […]

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Mortgages delinquency rates trended down in March

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Mortgage delinquency rates in March fell below the 3% mark, reaching another historic low as a strong labor market and income growth drove down the number of property owners who are late on their mortgage payments.  About 2.7% of all mortgages in the U.S. were delinquent in March, dropping 2.2 percentage points from the 4.9% […]

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Fannie Mae transfers more risk to insurers with sixth CIRT deal 

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Fannie Mae has executed its sixth Credit Insurance Risk Transfer (CIRT) deal of 2022, providing up to $725 million in mortgage-risk coverage as part of the agency’s ongoing effort to share risk with private-sector insurers. CIRT 2022-6 involves a covered loan pool composed of 63,000 single-family mortgages with a total unpaid principal balance of about $19.3 […]

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Non-QM players still doing PLS deals despite rate volatility

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Non-QM lender Angel Oak Cos., through its mortgage-backed securities conduit Angel Mortgage Trust, is out with its fourth private-label securities offering of 2022, even as rate volatility in the market continues to throw sand in the market’s gears. The recent offering, AOMT 2022-4, involves a pool of 407 mortgages valued at $217.2 million and includes primarily non-QM […]

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FHFA watchdog has a plan for the next 4 years

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The watchdog tasked with oversight of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) laid out its strategic priorities for the next four years. Federal Housing Finance Agency Office of Inspector General will carry out oversight to make sure FHFA ensures the safety and soundness of the entities it regulates and is an effective conservator of Fannie […]

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About 82% of origination comes from purchase mortgages

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Overall mortgage rate lock took a hit in May, led by a drop in refinance activity, both for rate-term refis and cash-outs. In a higher rate environment, lenders were more reliant on the purchase market for origination volumes. Rate locks were down 4.8% last month, according to Black Knight’s monthly mortgage originations market report. Purchase […]

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Lenders, tech firms hire executives to navigate downmarket

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Lenders and mortgage tech companies have been cutting costs in the downmarket, but some firms have hired new executives who they hope will provide better strategies to navigate the shrinking loan origination market. Motto Mortgage, a national mortgage brokerage franchise, and wemlo, a mortgage processing solution with an all-in-one digital platform, tapped Chris Erickson as vice […]

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Investors from 3 Asian nations have heartiest appetite for U.S. MBS

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The Federal Reserve’s (Fed) efforts to beat back inflation with its monetary tools have already shifted the winds in the secondary market for mortgage-backed securities (MBS). The Fed’s continuing effort to wind down its $2.7 trillion MBS portfolio helps fuel widening interest-rate spreads in the MBS market by creating additional MBS supply to be absorbed by investors. […]

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Doorway Home Loans to merge with Priority Mortgage

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Mortgage lenders Doorway Home Loans and Priority Mortgage Thursday announced a merger, the latest of many such deals made during a challenging mortgage market. The companies did not disclose the financial terms of the agreement.  Both companies have more than 30 years of experience in residential direct lending, but want to expand market reach and […]

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RenoFi targets homeowners who don’t qualify for HELOCs

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Renovation financing startup RenoFi now offers a fixed-rate home renovation loan, which allows homeowners to borrow as much as 90% of their home’s after-renovation value — a move to target homeowners who don’t qualify for a home equity line of credit (HELOCs). With a fixed rate for as many as 20 years, RenoFi’s fixed-rate home equity […]