Day is only ten days away, and thrill-seeking mortgage bankers and Realtors
everywhere are wondering what they'll find under their tree. How about a
Anyone with a talent for finance should listen up. A mid-sized mortgage bank in Northern California is searching for a
Chief of Finance position. The ideal candidate should know how to manage
cash flow, be experienced managing staff accountants, understand warehouse
lending and hedge accounting, and understand in great depth how a mortgage bank
functions. Questions and resumes should be submitted to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. (I am in
Kansas for meetings, but will respond later tonight.)
Also out in California (which has San Bernardino County, the largest county in
the nation with 3 million acres) a Bay Area 100% retail mortgage banker is
seeking growth opportunities. A family owned mortgage banker since 1968, Alameda Mortgage Corp. is looking for
Producing Branch Managers and LO's to join its team and help determine
future growth. The company (www.alamedamortgage.com)
has recently staffed up its underwriting and sales support staff to handle the
production growth, including adding Marty McCormick as its president. "We are
looking for professionals who know and love our industry, we believe in the customer
and making their experience with AMC a positive one leading to more business.
You have to love what you do." Please contact Bruce Barbera for a confidential
interview at Bruce.Barbera@alamedamortgage.com.
Federal agency in charge of Freddie and Fannie, has announced an extension of implementation dates for the
Uniform Loan Delivery Dataset (ULDD), a key component of the Uniform
Mortgage Data Program (UMDP). The voluntary implementation date is now April
23, with mandatory implementation being July 23, 2012 instead of March 2012. The
programs are meant to improve consistency, investors want consistency, and
investors drive the secondary mortgage markets. So don't dilly-dally.
Werth from Mortgage Training Today wrote, "I have been getting lots of
questions from Primerica MLO's about their licenses. Primerica is pulling out of origination for now, and the MLO's are not
sure about their renewals. They need to renew their licenses as inactive,
pay the fees and keep up their CE credits if they plan to originate in the
future. They can do this for 5 years. If they do not follow those
procedures, their license will expire and if they decide to originate in the
future, they will have to start over and apply for a new license, retest, etc.
Maybe post this in your blog to avoid confusion." (Anyone with questions
can write to barb@MTToday.co.)
Bank of Manhattan Correspondent Lending
on the board! BOM opened the correspondent division last month and has already
issued its inaugural MBS security. Shoot Tad Dahlke and e-mail (Tad@bomcapital.com) if you're interested
in learning more about its programs.
The National Association of Realtors
(NAR) will hold a press conference next week to announce revisions to its data
on sales of previously owned U.S. homes from 2007 through October 2011. Five years of reported data may
have a mistaken "up drift"?! Reuters is
reporting that the downward revision of the multi-year accumulation of sales
information is the result of double counting and will indicate a much weaker
housing market than previously thought. NAR said that a benchmarking
exercise had revealed that some properties were listed more than once and some
new home sales may have been included in existing home sales figures. It seems
that Realtors are aware that home sales have been over-counted for years -
heck, one sale results in the seller's agent and the buyer's agent counting the
transaction in many cases.
we're chatting about statistics, "Rob, we hear about all these stats on underwater homes. Is the data
is for all homes, or just homes with mortgages? For example, here in Marin
County, just north of San Francisco, 25% of the homes are owned outright. So if
Zillow reports that in Marin 16% of
homes are underwater, is that for homes with liens or for all?" The answer
is that negative equity numbers are only
for people with a mortgage. So of those single family homeowners with a
mortgage, 16% are underwater. This percentage will then be smaller if the base
is all homeowners. I hope that helps.
Can't you hear the folks in Florida chanting, "We're #1, we're
#1..."? Unfortunately it is in regard to the latest news about the incidence
of mortgage fraud.
But wait - HousingWire reports that
California is #1: "Mortgage fraud activity slowed overall in the third quarter,
but California ranks first in home loan fraud, with the state seeing as much as
$204.2 million in losses on deceptive mortgage activity" (according to a new
report from MortgageDaily). Per that report, California was followed by New
York, then by Florida, South Carolina and Minnesota in terms of fraudulent
knows that the real estate appraisal and valuation process are of critical
interest to bankers and regulators. Bankers, and appraisers, may want to check
out, "Navigating the Real Estate Valuation Process," which appears in
its winter Supervisory Insights periodical. It "highlights certain aspects of the 2010
Interagency Appraisal and Evaluation Guidelines. This article also provides
information for bankers regarding sound practices for banks' real estate
valuation processes in the areas of valuation review, independence, content
standards, preparer selection, and monitoring." The journal is available on the
FDIC's Web site.
issues, and the companies involved in them, are still a big issue in the loan
process. Of course anyone who did business with AppraiserLoft knows that.
But it is rumored, or true, that other AMC's are trying to pull out or shut
down their businesses with names such as CoreLogic and Landsafe near the top.
What are the large brokers thinking out
there? Nicholas J DelTorto wrote, "We (Inlanta) have been seeing larger
brokers and mini correspondents considering a partner office structure much
more than in the past. One of the biggest considerations is that with the
retraction of GMAC and BofA and others 'pulling back' there also seems to
be a push to move their customers from non-delegated to delegated underwriting
approval status. This would also make sense where there is an expectation
of more 'skin in the game' and the inability to deny any wrongdoing in a
He continued, "Partnering does allow these owners to take cash of the table,
avoid the ongoing liability and focus on selling and other revenue generating
work. We have added some of these larger brokers and mini correspondents
lately and the feedback has been very positive. The trend seems to be bigger
(but not too big) is better which allows you to spread the burden of
compliance, underwriting, and other growing fixed expenses over more
production." (So you know, Inlanta Mortgage
was established in 1993 and provides its partner branches with Fannie
Mae/Freddie Mac agency products, jumbo and portfolio programs, and is a delegated
FHA/VA, FHA 203K and USDA lender. For more information email email@example.com or visit the company's
website at www.inlanta.com.)
rates continue to not be a problem.
Yesterday we had continued European worries and a strong 30-yr T-bond auction,
with the 30-yr up/better by over 2 points, pulling 10-yr's and MBS's along with
it. Technical traders believe that, focusing on the U.S. 10-yr T-note yield,
which is now below 1.90%, any protracted stay below 1.95% should/could lead to
lower yields. (Now all we need are stable appraisals and more jobs, right?) The
U.S. 10-yr improved by .5 in price and moved down to a yield of 1.90%. Thomson
Reuters reported that mortgage banker selling totaled over $1 billion, "a level
that is easily manageable by the Fed's appetite of around $1.5 billion per day
on average." Rate-sheet MBS prices improved by about .250, resulting in
intra-day price improvements by many investors.
have an onslaught of economic news: Jobless Claims (5:30AM PST), the Producer
Price Index for November (also at 5:30AM PST), the Empire State Manufacturing
Survey (Dec), Capacity Utilization and Industrial Production for November, and Philly
Fed Survey. Throw in next week's auction data (notes of maturities 2's, 5's and
7's) and we could see some volatility. MBS Prices
(Parental discretion advised!)
Swenson, out in his pasture in northern Minnesota, takes a lightning-quick kick
from a cow...right in his crotch.
Writhing in agony, he falls to the ground. As soon as he could manage, he took himself
to the doctor.
He said "How bad is it Doc? I'm going on my honeymoon next veek and my fiance
Lena is still a Virgin-in every vay."
The doctor told him, "Olaf, I'll have to put your 'willy' in a splint to let it
heal, and keep it straight. It should be okay next week, but leave it in
there as long as you can."
He took four tongue depressors and formed a neat little 4 sided splint, and
taped it all together...quite an impressive work of art.
Olaf mentions none of this to Lena, marries her, and they go on their honeymoon
That night in the Motel 6, Lena rips open her blouse to reveal her beautiful,
untouched breasts. She said, "Olaf... you are the first vun! No vun has
EVER seen deez."
Olaf immediately drops his pants and replies, "Look at dis Lena, still in DA
If you're interested, visit my twice-a-month blog at the STRATMOR Group web
site located at www.stratmorgroup.com. The current blog discusses the time
frames for borrowers returning to A-paper status after a short sale or
foreclosure. If you have both the time and inclination, make a comment on
what I have written, or on other comments so that folks can learn what's going
on out there from the other readers.