Mortgage Brokers & Lenders

Subprime Loans are Back Since the housing crisis began over a decade ago, subprime mortgage loans basically disappeared – thanks to regulatory actions from government and self-preservation for both lenders and borrowers. The effects of borrowing more than you could safely afford to repay became obvious to all parties. Subprime mortgage loans have been making
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“I could have done better.” With respect to mortgage lenders, approximately one-fifth of homebuyers felt this way last year, according to the 2016 J.D. Power US Primary Mortgage Origination Satisfaction Study. The study found that 21% of all homebuyers and 27% of first-time homebuyers regretted their choice of mortgage lender. Discontent fell into two general
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Recent research shows that as banks step back from offering risky loans, non-banking lenders have stepped in to fill the breach. Though banks once ruled the mortgage sector in the U.S, they now have less than a 50 percent share. According to the latest figures, the amount of mortgage dollars offered by traditional banking institutions
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The past few years have been tough for prospective homebuyers, with many finding it almost impossible to qualify for mortgages. However, several new programs have come into effect, helping creditworthy borrowers get on the property ladder. Over recent months, things have begun to ease. For example, some new terms now include a down payment of
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The Fitch Group has recently released its U.S. RMBS Servicer Handbook for the most recent quarter. The handbook shows that many banks offering mortgages have halved the number of staff in their mortgage servicing departments during the last two years. The decision to downsize these departments is primarily the result of these lenders seeing their
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Freddie Mac announced on Monday, September 26, that it would launch a new program to help reduce the risk it takes on various mortgages. The program will transfer backing to several private mortgage insurance companies. The loans included in this pilot program are those that were acquired by Freddie Mac starting September 1, 2016, and
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According to a statement made on Monday, by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), a large number of mortgage lenders are now following the new regulations implemented last year by the Dodd-Frank Act. These new regulations govern mortgage originations and the dispersal of information to borrowers, among other things. Other rules apply to a borrower’s
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Jumbo mortgages made at the six largest U.S. banks accounted for 24 percent of all mortgages in 2015. That’s an increase from 21 percent in 2014. All of these jumbo mortgages were larger than $417,000. Since 2008, they have become more popular with the larger banks, including Bank of America, J.P. Morgan Chase, Citigroup, PNC
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One of the consequences of the foreclosure crisis is that mortgage companies were told they needed to be more proactive in contacting and helping delinquent borrowers. However, this comes into conflict with another mandate from the administration: reducing the number of calls that consumers receive on their cellphones. With the two mandates in conflict, the
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There are a number of programs that help homeowners with their monthly mortgage payments, but not all homeowners know about them. Some of these programs are connected to employers. While not all employers offer assistance, those that do often find job seekers fighting for open positions. Homeowners can also find help through a number of
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Bank of America (BoA) has reported 2016 first quarter earnings from mortgage banking as $433 million, a decline from their $694 million in the first quarter of 2015. This is due to the bank selling fewer secondary market loans, Chief Financial Officer Paul Donofrio reports. Donofrio explained that the bank’s strategy is to place more
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